We often eat out because it’s an easy solution to a fast paced life. Dining out is also enjoyable, relaxing and a welcome break from cooking. However, if you’re not careful, it’s easy to get drawn into eating unhealthy foods at your favorite restaurants.

Here are a few healthy tips suggested by WebMD when dining out:

  • Ask for a box. Restaurant portions are notoriously large, and you can typically save half the serving for another meal. Resist the temptation to overeat by asking the server to box half of your meal before bringing it to the table.
  • Choose broiled, grilled, baked, roasted, poached or steamed. While in the South, you may have heard the expression, “Everything tastes better fried.” Even so, fried foods are not good for your health. Avoid sautéed or fried foods and choose entrees and vegetables that are broiled, grilled, baked, roasted, poached or steamed. Also, ask the server to put any buttery sauces on the side, if possible.
  • Choose lean meats. The leanest meats are chicken and fish, such as salmon and tuna. Fish adds omega 3 fatty acids to your diet, which are polyunsaturated fats that help lower cholesterol. Ham, bacon and sausage or cheeses have the highest fat content and are best to avoid whenever possible.
  • Replace potatoes. Ordering a second helping of vegetables or salad instead of mashed potatoes with gravy or a loaded baked potato is a lower calorie, healthier way to eat. Sweet potatoes are also good substitutes for potatoes because they are lower on the glycemic index.
  • Substitute fruit for desserts. Although sugary cakes and pies are tempting, you can cut calories tremendously and avoid a sugar overload by ordering fruit for dessert instead.

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