March – Dine Out/Take Out

March – Dine Out/Take Out

Dining out can be a fun and convenient way to enjoy meals with family and friends, and a necessity when life gets busy.  However, it often comes with challenges to maintain a healthy diet. The next time you are out to eat, be mindful of your choices and try to incorporate some of the healthy choices in your order.

Choose Grilled or Steamed: When ordering from restaurants, opt for grilled or steamed dishes instead of fried or breaded options. Grilling and steaming retain more nutrients and typically have less added fats.

Watch Portion Sizes: Restaurant portions tend to be larger than what you might serve yourself at home. Try splitting your meal in half and saving the other half for later or sharing your meal to avoid overeating.

Be Wary of Hidden Sugars: Pay attention to sauces and condiments, as they can often be a source of hidden sugars and unhealthy fats.  Ask for sauces on the side or choose options with simpler ingredients.

Hydration is Key: Don’t forget to stay hydrated. Opt for water or unsweetened beverages instead of sugary soft drinks or high-calorie drinks.

Mindful Ordering: Take a moment to review the menu and choose healthier options.  Look for keywords like “grilled,” “baked,” “steamed,” or “fresh” rather than “fried,” “creamy,” or “crispy.”

By prioritizing healthy eating when dining out, you can enjoy delicious meals while also supporting your overall health and well-being.

Take Charge. Live Well!