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Eating Out

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Eating Out

Families are busy these days. Many eat meals on the go and away from home. Try eating out only once or twice a week and search for healthy options. Healthy choices can be found if you know what to look for and ask for it.

Here are a few simple tips:


Decode Menus

  • Green Light. Healthier menu choices often use these types of descriptions:
    • Baked
    • Broiled
    • Au Jus
    • Steamed
  • Caution. Less healthy menu choices are often described by using the words:
    • Alfredo
    • Au Gratin
    • Batter Dipped
    • Breaded
    • Buttered
    • Cheese Sauce
    • Creamed
    • Crispy
    • Fried
    • In Gravy
    • Smothered


Special Order

  • Get mayonnaise (mayo) and tartar sauce on the side and use less.
  • Add ketchup, mustard or relish instead of Mayo for extra flavor.
  • Ask for lettuce, onion and tomatoes.
  • Take ½ of your meal "to-go" and have it the next day.
  • Split a meal or side order with someone else at the table.


Order Wisely

  • "What would you like to drink?" Order milk or water instead of soda pop. Regular soda pop has lots of sugar and no nutritional value.
  • "Would you like fries with that?" Instead of fries, try a baked potato, a side dish of fruit or a green salad. Ask for your dressing "on the side" or choose low-fat.
  • "Would you like to Super-Size your combo meal?" Say no! Super-sizing gives you extra large portions that often get eaten just because the food is in front of you. For smaller portions, order foods individually off the menu. It may cost a bit more, but you won't be tempted to finish a meal when you're already full.
  • "Are you ready for dessert?" Try a fruit cup or frozen yogurt. Or, split one dessert between two or three people.