You probably eat out a lot — most Americans do. People are looking for fast, easy and good-tasting foods to fit a busy lifestyle. Whether it's carryout, from a food court, an office cafeteria or a sit-down restaurant, there are smart choices everywhere.
Here are 10 tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help you eat right when eating out.
Consider what meal options are available. Look for restaurants or carryout with a wide range of menu items.
If you're planning a special restaurant meal in the evening, have a light breakfast and lunch.
Menu terms that can mean less fat and calories include baked, braised, broiled, grilled, poached, roasted and steamed.
Menu terms that can mean more fat and calories include batter-fried, pan-fried, buttered, creamed, crispy and breaded. Choose these foods only occasionally and in small portions.
For example, ask for a baked potato or side salad in place of French fries, and no mayonnaise or bacon on your sandwich. Ask for sauces, dressings and toppings "on the side" so you control how much you eat.
Share an extra-large sandwich or main course with a friend, or take half home for another meal.
A jumbo muffin has more than twice the fat and calories of the regular size.
At the sandwich shop, choose lean beef, ham, turkey or chicken on whole-grain bread. Ask for mustard, ketchup, salsa or low-fat spreads — and don't forget the veggies.
If you add meat, make it lean ham, Canadian bacon, chicken or shrimp.
Always eating on the go? Tuck portable, nonperishable foods in your purse, tote, briefcase or backpack for an on-the-run meal. Some suggestions are peanut butter and crackers, granola bars, a piece of fresh fruit, trail mix or single-serve packages of whole-grain cereal or crackers.
Between busy schedules and lengthy to-do lists, it can be tough to make nutritious choices at home. Sharp Health Plan members have access to our nationally accredited health coaching program, Best Health®. Check out the Best Health “Healthy eating at home” webinar to learn about the basics and benefits of healthy eating, understand common challenges and get helpful strategies.
Schedule a phone consultation with a coach today. For more information, call 1-877-849-2363 or email our Best Health team today.
Source: Sharp Health News
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