Eating Away from Home

Going out to eat doesn’t have to be a sticky situation. Don't completely deprive yourself, but remember to make healthy choices when eating out. Here are tips to guide you during your next visit to a restaurant:



A soup or salad as an appetizer 

A high fat appetizer along with a meal

Put half of your meal in a box 

To finish your plate even if you are full

Ask for salad dressing on the side 

To let your salad be possibly covered in dressing

Steamed, grilled, baked or broiled foods 

Pan fried, crispy or creamy foods

A grilled chicken sandwich 

A fried crispy sandwich

A sandwich with a lot of vegetables 

A sandwich with a lot of cheese and bacon

A baked potato 


To add salsa and/or low-fat cottage cheese to your baked potato 

To add sour cream and butter to your baked potato

Meals filled with vegetables 

Meals filled with gravies or butter sauces

To ask the server to bring bread and butter only once 

To let your server keep refilling the bread all through the meal

To order a fruit cup or sherbet for dessert. 

To order a slice of cake

Early Morning Meals:

  • Order whole-grain toast or bagels with a jam or low-fat cream cheese.
  • Choose whole fruit, a fruit cup or a glass of 100% fruit juice.
  • Choose low-fat or fat-free yogurt with fresh fruit.
  • Look for whole-grain cereals and fat-free milk.

A Healthy Taste of Italy

  • Choose whole-grain pasta and bread when possible.
  • When ordering a pizza, do not request extra cheese. Fill the pizza with vegetables rather than high fat meats.
  • Choose marinara sauce over a butter or cream sauce.

Fiesta Favorites

  • When you sit down, ask the server to not bring tortilla chips to the table.
  • When ordering taco salads, ask for one without the shell.
  • Ask for low-fat sour cream and salsa to flavor your meal, rather than cheese and regular sour cream.

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