Eating out can be a nice treat once in a while or a convenient option when you don’t have time to cook a meal. But the fat, calories, sugar and sodium can add up quickly if you eat out regularly. Use these tips to make healthy choices the next time you eat out.
Choosing healthier foods when eating out
Managing your portions
Keep it small. Portion sizes at fast food counters and restaurants are usually bigger than what you would normally eat at home. Ask for half portions, share a large meal with a friend, or pack up part of your meal to take home.
Limit cakes, cookies, and rich desserts. Get a smaller size or share with someone.
Avoid super-sizing. Super-sized meal combinations might seem like a good deal, but they’re often high fat, calories, sugar and/or sodium.
Avoid all-you-can-eat buffets.
Take home half your meal and keep leftovers in the fridge for the next day.