Healthy Eating on the Run
Americans eat out a lot. Whether it’s carry-out, cafeterias or sit-down restaurants, there are smart choices you can make. Here are some tips.
- Think and plan ahead where you will eat and consider what options are available. Look for places with a wide range of menu items.
- Many places now offer special “healthier” choice options on their menus.
- Look for these terms which usually mean less fat and calories: baked, braised, broiled, grilled, poached, roasted, and steamed. Avoid these terms: batter-fried, pan-fried, buttered, creamed, crispy, and breaded.
- Order the regular or child-size portions to avoid mega-sized portions. You can also order a salad and appetizer in place of the main course.
- Need something sweet? Order one dessert for the table with enough forks for everyone at the table. Often we just need a taste to satisfy our craving.
- Start your day with a game plan when it comes to eating. If you’re planning to go to a special restaurant in the evening, eat a lighter breakfast and lunch.
- Working all day? Pack a healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks in a cooler bag. Not only will you eat healthier, you’ll save money as well.