Tips to remember for healthy eating at restaurants | Health


You probably eat out a lot – most Americans do.  Here are some tips to help you eat healthy when eating out:

• Plan ahead where you will eat and look for restaurants or carry out with a wide range of menu items

• Read menus carefully. Menu terms that can mean less fat and calories are: Baked, braised, broiled, grilled, poached, roasted and steamed

• For a lighter meal, order an appetizer in place of the main course or order from the child’s menu

• Another way to limit your intake is to split a meal with a friend or ask the wait staff to bring a take-home container when they bring your meal.  Portion half of it to take home right away   

• Ask the restaurant to hold the bread or chips until your meal is served (or skip it entirely). Out of sight, out of mind

• Ask for sauces, dressings and toppings to be served on the side. Then you control how much you eat

• At the salad bar, pile on the leafy greens and fresh vegetables. Lighten up on the mayonnaise-based salads and high-fat toppings

• Pass up on all-you-can-eat specials, buffets and unlimited salad bars if you tend to eat too much 

• If you choose the buffet, fill up on salads and vegetables first. Take no more than two trips and use the smaller salad plate

• Skip dessert or share with the entire table. One rich dessert can have upwards of 1,000 calories

For more information contact Kathy Hanneman, Dietitian at CHI St. Francis Health at 218-643-0455

Kathy Hanneman is a dietician at CHI St. Francis Health in

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