Tips for Healthy Eating in Restaurants

  • Order foods high in complex CHO (see Chapter 2, page 8).
  • Choose foods described as baked, broiled, steamed, poached, smoked, roasted, grilled, flame-cooked, and marinara.
  • Order green salads, plain potatoes and rice. Ask for any condiments, such as salad dressings, gravy, cheese, croutons and sour cream "on the side;" use only a portion of what is served.
  • Order dessert after you have eaten your main course only if you are still hungry. Select sorbet, sherbet, frozen yogurt, ice milk, fruit, or angel food cake.
  • Trim all visible fat off the meat.
  • Limit portions of margarine, butter and sour cream.
  • Eat plain rolls, breadsticks or crackers rather than biscuits, chips or nuts as an appetizer. Or ask for your salad to be served as your appetizer.
  • Avoid foods described as fried, breaded, battered, flaky, crispy, creamy, au gratin, puffed, loaded, and tempura. Also, avoid hollandaise and bearnaise sauces.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.

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