Healthy Guide to Eating Out

Whether it is date night, a lunch break, or just wanting to eat out, here is a link that will help you select healthy options off of many of your favorite restaurant menus

This search tool offers dietitian-approved healthy dining options. For example, your friends decide to have your lunch date at the Capital Grille. You can type in Capital Grille and the tool will show you the healthiest options off the menu based on sodium content, calories, fat, saturated fat, carbs, sugar, and cholesterol. It will list how many servings of vegetables and fruit and how many grams of protein are in the dish.

Healthy Dining is working with the National Restaurant Association and restaurants nationwide to offer people a selection of Kids LiveWell menu choices. The Kids LiveWell choices emphasize lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy, as well as meet stringent nutritional criteria. You can view the nutrition criteria here.

1. Ask for dressing on the side (Balsamic and olive oil is the best choice, since most of the other dressings have high fructose corn syrup)
2. Request “no salt added”
3. Request olive oil instead of butter
4. Avoid fried foods, instead look for items that are baked, broiled, steamed, or grilled

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