Health Tip: Eat Healthy When You Eat Out

Suggestions for practical eating when you're not at home

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(HealthDay News) - When it's time to eat out, you may think it's too difficult to stick to a diet or to watch those calories.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which offers these eating-out tips, begs to differ:

  • Order water, skim milk, unsweetened tea, or other drinks low in sugar and calories.
  • Order a small salad as an appetizer, which will help fill you up before the main meal.
  • Order salad dressings and other fattening sauces on the side.
  • Order entrees that include vegetables.
  • Order dishes that are steamed, baked or broiled, not fried.
  • Order a small or medium-sized portion -- or even a children's meal -- instead of a regular adult portion.
  • Order something from the menu, instead of visiting the all-you-can eat buffet.

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