Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Smart Eating: Reduce Your Calories When Dining Out

Registered Dietitian Ann Marie Smokowski, who provides nutrition counseling at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, offers the following tips for eating healthy at restaurants:
  • Avoid fried foods. Look for key words that reveal lower fat cooking methods, such as broiled, baked, seared or poached.
  • Eat your greens. You can select fresh salads with a salad dressing on the side. This option can help control portions and save approximately 100 calories or more at a meal.
  • Request a to-go container. Super sizing of portions is a usual concern when dining out. Always request a styrofoam container immediately so that when your main entrĂ©e is delivered, you can place half of the portion into the container right away. The leftovers can be eaten for tomorrow’s lunch or dinner.
  • Drink water. People can often drink their calories. Drink water with a lemon slice, coffee, or unsweetened iced tea rather than juice, regular soda pop or flavored coffees.

More Smart Eating Tips

Smart Eating is a series of nutrition tips to help you transform your eating habits. A new tip will be added on weekdays throughout the month of October.
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Learn more about healthy eating on October 26, 2012 at WomenCare First Annual Day of Health: Be Strong, Be Happy, Be Healthy. Registered Dietitian Ann Marie Smokowski will present “Anti-Inflammatory Eating: The Mediterranean Lifestyle.” Click here for details.

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