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Healthy tips for dining out

Riverwood Dietitians Megan Perpich and Melissa Simons share these tips for making healthier choices while dining out.

Over the years, dining out has become the norm and less of a special occasion. Dining out tends to be less healthy than home-cooked meals.

Here are some tips for a healthier dining experience:

1. Have a plan. If you know where you are going, consider looking up the menu ahead of time.

2. Avoid liquid calories. Choose water, low-fat milk, or sugar-free beverages.

3. Skip the breadbasket, appetizers, and desserts.

4. Ask for dressings, sauces, or toppings on the side.

5. Order steamed, grilled or broiled dishes instead of dished that are sautéed or fried.

6.  Ask for or choose dishes with non-starchy veggies instead of French fries, chips, onion rings, or cheese curds.

7. Limit foods that are double portioned, supreme, stuffed, etc.

8. To reduce portion size:
–Share the main dish with a friend or family member.
–Ask for a to-go box before you are served.

9. Eat slowly. It takes 15-30 minutes for your brain to register that your body is full.