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Tips To Eat Healthy When Dining Out

by Gilbert Lopez

Going out to eat is a great way to spend time socializing with friends and family or simply take a break from the monotony of cooking at home. But with all the yummy tempting items on the menu at a typical dine-in family restaurant, sticking to your diet can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to help you choose a healthy meal while still enjoying yourself. 

Look at the Menu Before You Go

Most restaurants today have an online presence, either with a website or social media page. By perusing the menu ahead of time, you'll have a better idea of what your options are and won't feel pressured to hurry up and decide if you wait until you're sitting there.

Order a Side Salad for Your Appetizer

A simple, small side salad with greens, tomato, and a slice of cucumber or grated carrots eaten before the meal is not only a good way to get in a bit of fiber and some vegetables, it's a good way to start filling up on something healthy. Be sure to skip the cheese, deep-fried croutons, and creamy dressings and opt for a simple vinaigrette or oil and red wine vinegar instead. Be sure to ask for it on the side. 

If you're not feeling a salad for your appetizer, another option is a broth-based soup, such as chicken rice, hummus bean dip with fresh veggies, or fresh mozzarella, which is relatively low in fat, and tomato slices. 

Double Up on the Vegetables

Just because the entree description says the pork chop comes with a side of macaroni and cheese and baked beans, it doesn't mean you have to have it. Most family restaurants are more than happy to accommodate their guest's reasonable substitutions, so don't be afraid to ask for a double portion of grilled zucchini or the vegetable of the day instead. 

Pick a Healthy Cooking Method

Obviously, deep-fried anything is going to have more calories than the baked, grilled, or broiled equivalent. Whether it's chicken or fish or any other food, skip the breaded and deep-fried preparations and go for the simplest preparation. 

Avoid Certain Menu Descriptions

When you see something on the menu described as "loaded" or "smothered," that's your clue it's likely not the healthiest item on the menu. These dishes are typically covered in rich, high-calorie sauces, cheese, or filled will fats. Stay clear when you see words like this. 

Ask for a Take-Away Box When You Order

Most American restaurants pride themselves on giving their customers value for their money, and that usually translates into large portion sizes. By getting a to-go container when you order, you can immediately halve your meal and save the rest for your lunch the next day.

Contact a dine-in family restaurant near you for information about their menu items.