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Here are a few things to ask yourself when planning to eat out:
Do I know much about the food choices at this restaurant? Plan what you’re going to order — and how much:
Making sure that you think about what you’ll be eating before you order is likely the most important aspect to making sure you’re eating the healthiest option.
What changes can I make to dishes to make them healthier? Restaurants often have a light or reduced calorie menu. Choose from it for healthier options. But be careful because even though restaurants list lighter choices, they may still have anywhere from 800 to1,000 calories.
You can make simple changes to cut fat and calories:
How do I eat out without overeating?
Where else can I cut calories or add healthier foods?
If you look for it, you can find healthier choices at home, at a fast food place or even at a convenience store. Take a look. You’ll probably see fruit, vegetables, yogurt or protein snacks you can grab.
Try these healthy substitutions and tips for adding more fruit and vegetables into your diet from Blue Cross and Blue Shield dietitian Judith Kolish:
Originally published June 5, 2017; Revised 2019
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