Dining-out strategies

This past summer I had an amazing meal sitting outside at a restaurant along the shores of Lake Washington.  It was a beautiful evening and I started with a spinach strawberry salad that also had red onions, goat cheese, and candied almonds.  It was so satisfying and filling I really could not even eat much of the small plate foods that we ordered.  I created the same salad numerous times at home to eat during the summer.

  • Skip bread
  • Start with a salad
  • Read the menu carefully or better yet review it online so you can make a healthy choice
  • Ask questions about food preparations
  • Order all sauces/dressings on the side
  • Request a veggie instead of fries
  • Opt for broiled fish or roasted/broiled/chicken without skin
  • Split a large entrée with a friend or have two appetizers instead of an entrée
  • Eat half of a large entrée and take the other half home for the next day
  • If you want dessert split it (the more forks the better)

(Small Change dining out tips from Keri Gans, RD)

 

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