Dining out is something many of us enjoy and it can help stimulate poor appetites.
However, it can also lead to some poor food choices. Neha Patel, a registered dietitian with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, offers the following tips to sidestep food traps when dining out:
• Limit high sodium foods including those that are pickled, smoked or presented in a cocktail, soy or teriyaki sauce or tomato base.
• Choose steamed, broiled, baked, grilled, poached or roasted foods.
• Pick fish or poultry entrees more often.
• Request dishes low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Many restaurants will prepare foods to order. When it seems that everything on the menu is "off limits," ask the chef to make you a fruit or vegetable platter. Most chefs are happy to provide this service.
• Choose steamed vegetables and ask for fresh lemon to flavor vegetables and salads, or oil and vinegar for salad dressing.
• Order fresh fruit or fruit sorbet in place of cake, pie, or ice cream for dessert.
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