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 carry-out, food court, office cafeteria or sit-down restaurant, there are smart choices everywhere. Here are some tips to help you eat healthy when eating out.
- Think ahead and plan where you will eat. Consider what meal options are available
- Take time to look over the menu and make careful selections. Some restaurant menus may have special sections for “healthier “choices.
- Read restaurant menus carefully for clues to fat and calorie content.
- Menu terms that can mean more fat and calories: batter-fried, pan-fried. Buttered, creamed, crispy. Choose these foods only occasionally and small portions.
- Order the regular or child-size portion. Mega-sized servings probably more than need.
- It’s OK to make Special requests, just keep them simple.
- Hunger can drive you to eat too much bread before your meal arrives.
- Think about your food choices for the entire day.
- Tempted by sweets, creamy desserts? Order one dessert with enough forks for everyone at the table to have a bite.
- Split your order. Share an extra-large sandwich or main course with a friend or take half home for another meal.
Make Mealtime a Family Time
Family meals allow your preschooler to focus on the task of eating and give you a chance to model good behaviors.
It takes a little work to bring everyone together for meals. But it’s worth it and the whole family eats better.
- Start eating meals together as a family when your kids are young. This way, it becomes a habit.
- Plan when you will eat together as a family. Write it on your calendar.
- You may not be able to eat together every day. Try to have family meals most days of the weeks.
- Cook it fast on busy nights
- Do some tasks the day before.