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February 27, 2010 / Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN

Making Smart Choices in Restaurants

Many people enjoy having meals out with friends and family. It’s one of the pleasures of life! So go out and enjoy. Just be conscious of making healthy choices. The payoff will be good weight management and lower risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and many types of cancer.

When you have the menu in hand look for appetizers and entrees which are based on whole grains, vegetables, beans, tofu or fish. Have a salad or broth-based soup as an appetizer which will help fill you. Healthy entree choices include pasta with vegetables or grilled fish with vegetables. A great resource packed with up-to-date nutrition information for 200+ chain restaurants as well as many whole and processed foods is the Calorie King book .  Having this book available will help you be aware of the best choices in many major restaurant chains.  Many times what you thought was low calorie will surprise you.  Bon appetit!

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