Go For Life from the National Institute on Aging suggests that going out to eat is enjoyable, but restaurants often serve large meals, which can be high in calories, fat, and salt. Don’t be afraid to ask how items on the menu are prepared and request substitutions.
Here are a few tips from Go4Life to help make your meal both delicious and nutritious.
- Order a salad with lean meat, low-fat or fat-free cheese, and other healthy toppings. Choose low-fat or fat-free salad dressing, and ask for the dressing on the side so you can control how much you use.
- Choose foods that are baked, broiled, braised, grilled, steamed, sautéed, or boiled. Avoid fried food.
- Hold the “special sauces.” Ask the kitchen not to top your dish with butter or whipped cream.
- Select foods with a tomato-based or red sauce instead of a cream-based or white sauce. Tomato-based sauces usually contain more vitamins, less fat, and fewer calories.