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Eat Away from Home with Ease
Worried eating away from home might sabotage your healthy eating plan? With some planning, you can still make healthful choices. No matter what restaurant you choose or what you order, apply smart eating strategies to restaurant dining: Plan ahead, consider the menu, ask questions and order wisely.
- Plan Ahead
Check out menus and options before deciding on a restaurant. Many restaurants offer nutrition information online.
- Consider the Menu
Knowing menu terms and cooking basics makes ordering easier and allows you to order healthier items.
- Ask Questions
Don't be afraid to ask how items are prepared or to make special requests. If possible, substitute vegetables, salad or a baked potato for fries, and order dressings on the side.
- Order Wisely
Choose dishes with fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Many dishes contain more than one serving, so consider sharing with a friend or taking half home. Eat slowly and give yourself time to enjoy and savor your meal.
For more tips on eating away from home, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit our Eating Out section.
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