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Tipsheet: Eating Healthy When Dining Out

Regardless of whether you're trying to lose weight, you can eat healthy when dining out, if you know how.

So, if you're treating yourself to a meal out, here are some tips to help make it a dining experience that is both tasty and good for you.


Will the restaurant:
  • Serve margarine rather than butter with the meal?
  • Serve fat-free (skim) milk rather than whole milk or cream?
  • Trim visible fat from poultry or meat?
  • Leave all butter, gravy, or cream sauces off a dish?
  • Serve salad dressing on the side?
  • Accommodate special requests?
  • Use less cooking oil when cooking?


Select foods that are:
  • Steamed in their own juice (au jus)
  • Broiled
  • Baked
  • Roasted
  • Poached
  • Lightly sauteed



Healthy Weight Tip

Ask your server how the menu items are prepared. Healthy substitutions like using a red sauce instead of an Alfredo (white, creamy) sauce in Italian dishes are easy to make.

Looking for tips on how to order healthy foods when dining out?

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