Eating Healthy when Eating Out
By Heather Maloney
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center correspondent
For many of us, summer not only means warm weather and beach vacations, but a vacation from healthy eating habits. Picnics, outdoor barbecues, long car trips and the ballpark concession stand often mean that eating three balanced meals a day goes away with our winter clothes.
Sandra Allonen, a registered dietitian at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, offers some tips on how to eat healthy from now until Labor Day:
At picnics and barbecues:
- Avoid macaroni and potato salads; opt for vegetables and fruit salads instead.
- Bring a healthy dish to the gathering to ensure that you will have at least one nutritious option.
- If you have to have soda, make sure it's diet soda.
- At the grill, choose a veggie burger or grilled chicken instead of a hot dog or hamburger.
At fast food restaurants:
- Pick a grilled chicken sandwich or a salad with grilled (not crispy) chicken and light salad dressing.
- Choose a fruit cup or side salad with light salad dressing instead of the French fries.
- Instead of soda, get water or low-fat milk.
- If a restaurant's only option is a burger and fries, order the smallest size available.
- A baked potato is a good idea only if you don't load it up with butter and bacon bits; otherwise, have a salad.
- Look for low-calorie dessert options, like low-fat vanilla ice cream or fruit and yogurt parfaits.
At the concession stand:
- Opt for grilled chicken instead of fried foods, if possible. If you have to have something fried, get the smallest portion available.
- Get baked potato chips instead of regular chips.
- For a sweet treat, have low-fat soft-serve ice cream instead of cookies or a candy bar.
Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.
Posted June 2013