Resources for Families

Eating Out and Eating Healthy


We are all so busy with work and family that eating out has become a way of life. Eating out, however, sometimes makes it hard to eat healthy! Following are some tips to help you to eat healthy when eating out...

At fast food restaurants, bring fresh whole fruit for dessert and choose milk instead of soft drinks.

Check out the total fat of menu items if nutrition information is provided on the menu. Choose foods that are moderate in fat.

Choose a restaurant that serves healthy options.

Share a meal with a family member. Portions in restaurants are usually much larger than what you should eat for one meal.

Select roasted, baked, broiled or grilled meats. Stay away from fried/breaded foods, sauces and gravies.

Order soup and salad instead of a traditional meal.

Substitute a baked potato or other vegetable for french fries.

Request salad dressings and sauces on the side so you can control the amount you eat.