Fried vs. grilled. Side of veggies instead of fries. Smaller portion of the meat and a larger portion of the salad; salad instead of coleslaw.
Most chains will even list the calories and nutritional content of such foods. Check the menu before you leave home.
Or split an entrée with your dining partner. Restaurants often serve two to three times more than food labels list as a serving.
People who eat a big veggie salad before the main course eat fewer calories overall than those who do not have a first- course salad.
by avoiding creamy dressings, bacon bits, and croutons. Ask for vegetables only.
Any menu description that uses the words creamy, breaded, crusted, crisp, sauced, or stuffed is likely loaded with hidden fats—much of it saturated or even trans fats.
If you must have something to munch on while you wait for your order, ask for a plate of raw vegetables or breadsticks.
or ask if they have salsa—the ultimate potato topper, both in terms of flavor and health. Just avoid the butter and sour cream.
You can always have some sorbet or even a small piece of chocolate at home.
It will slow you down, help you enjoy the food more, and let the message get to your brain that you’re full—before your plate is empty.
SNAP-Ed is the nutrition promotion and obesity prevention component of SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as Food Stamps. Contact us to learn more about the benefits participation can provide.