For many people, eating out is a way to relax and socialize. But if
you are watching your weight or just are concerned with healthy eating, dining
out can be a challenge. The good news is that usually there are healthier
options at every restaurant, even at fast-food places. By following some simple
guidelines, you can enjoy eating out and still have a healthy diet.
- Plan ahead. Before you go out to eat, think
about where you will eat and what you will select. It will be much easier to
make healthy choices if you have already decided what you will
- Try not to arrive at the restaurant overly hungry. It's
harder to make healthy food choices when you get too hungry.
about your portions. Restaurants often serve portions that are enough to feed
two or three people. To help you avoid overeating, order smaller portions,
split a meal with someone else, or save part of your meal for
- Choose menu items that contain fruits, vegetables, and whole
grains. Restaurant meals are often low in these things. By adding these foods,
you can have a balanced meal.
- When you travel, you are often forced to eat out at every meal. So bring snacks that pack well, such as dried fruit, pretzels, and nuts. Flying can trigger dehydration, so drink lots of water. And don't drink a lot of alcohol, because alcohol can also dehydrate you.