- Ask for drinks with no added sugars. Water or unsweetened teas are good choices. You can even ask for a glass of 1% milk.
- Have fluids before you start into your main course.
- Ask your server what he or she considers to be the healthiest food options on the menu, and why.
- Consider sharing a main dish with your companion, but first ask if this is okay with your waiter.
- Slow down, and enjoy your meal. Take time to relax and enjoy your dining out experience.
- Look for main dishes that include vegetables.
- Ask if you can substitute a side fries for raw vegetables, steamed vegetables or a salad.
- If you are having protein, look at ordering skinless chicken breast, fish, or lean meat.
- Start your meal with a salad that contains a lot of veggies. Not only will it reduce your need to eat more at dinner, you’ll be consuming a lot of fiber that is healthy for you.
- Ask for salad dressing to be served on the side. Start with putting only half of the dressing on your salad; it may be all that you need.
- Avoid “all you can eat” dining options, and eat until you are satisfied, but not overly full! It is okay not to finish your meal. Look at getting a doggy bag.
- Look for smaller meals high in vegetables. Ask if you can have a half order.
- Avoid rich sauces like gravy or heavy cream sauces.
- If you are traveling, be sure to check out Healthy Dine Out’s food reviews in the city you are going to be visiting.
- Don’t be afraid to ask what oils have been used in the dish you are thinking of ordering, or how the dish is prepared.
- Look at ordering foods that have been steamed, broiled, poached, lightly sautéed, or roasted.
- Remember, foods served with cream sauces, fried, au gratin, pan-fried, sautéed, crispy, or scalloped are all quite high in fats and calories so watch portion sizes.
- Look for meals that are low in saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol.
- Taste your meal before you add salt, as it may already be salty enough.
- Look for dishes that are still very flavourful, but low in salt. Dishes that use spices don’t always need a lot of salt…
- Ask for a fruit bowl for dessert instead of a high calorie sugary dessert.