Sunday, May 9, 2010

Smart Choices When Eating Out

10 quick tips to keep in mind for the busy souls or the lazy-to-cook times when eating out.

Do you find yourself using "I have been eating out because I have been so busy!" as an excuse for not eating well? Below are 10 quick tips to start turning that around. You can eat out and eat healthy too! Many commercial food establishments offer delicious meals that are low in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol. So take advantage of that and take control of your diet even when you are super busy building your career and your life.

1. Don't be shy
Never be shy about making special requests. If you are unsure if a particular restaurant will be able to alter preparations to meet your needs, call ahead before you choose your restaurant.

2. Be in control
Control your portion size. Ask for smaller portions. Otherwise, divide out a portion for takeaway even before you begin eating.

3. Quantity wins
Try multiple appetizers instead of an entree.

4. Choose the right way
Choose dishes that are steamed, broiled, baked, poached or roasted as opposed to fried, pan-fried or stuffed with fillings because they are usually lower in fat.

5. Choose the greens
Choose main dishes that include a good amount of vegetables.

6. Priority to salads
Order salad before ordering anything else.

7. Avoid the sodium
Avoid high sodium foods such as those that are pickled, cooked in cocktail sauce, smoked or dressed with teriyaki sauce.

8. Leave it at the side
Have gravy, sauces and dressings served on the side so that you can conrol the amount that you take in.

9. Alternative desserts
Don't hesitate to ask for fruits or sherbet for dessert if desired, even when those items are not listed on the menu.

10. No buffets
Avoid buffets - even those seemingly healthy ones like salad bars.

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