Eating Healthy While Dining Out

You might find it difficult to stay on track and monitor your eating habits, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us have had to transition to working remotely, which in turn has made us spend more time at home than we’re used to. As restaurants and other food establishments begin to reopen, enjoying a meal away from home is now more enticing than ever. When choosing to dine out, however, there are a few things you should try to keep in mind to keep your fitness goals on track.

  • Remember that portions are usually a lot larger at restaurants and can feed more than one person.
  • Choose the lunch or half-portion of your favorite dish to cut out some of the calories.
  • Avoid buffets or restaurants that offer all-you-can eat options.

Waiter serving coffee to female guest while wearing protective face mask.

Over the past few months, many restaurants and food establishments have vamped up their online menus for easy takeout and curbside pickup, making it easier for customers to become familiar with their offerings. So before dining out at a restaurant, check out their online menu to determine the healthiest options for you.

  • Look out for helpful indicators on menus (such as illustrations or calorie counts) to help you make good food choices.
  • Opt for healthier menu items such as low-sodium, vegetable-based, grilled or blackened options.
  • Avoid foods that are fried, batter-dipped, crispy, or sautéed in oil or butter.

A little planning can go a long way in helping you to make healthy choices when dining out. So keep an eye on those menus and bon appétit!

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