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 entrée 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 TipsSmart 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.
- Eat 3 Meals Every Day
- Focus on Balance, Variety and Proportion
- Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables
- Choose Whole Wheat Grains Instead of Refined Grains
- Switch to Fat-free or Low-fat (1%) Milk
- Opt for Lean Meats
- Eat Seafood at Least Twice a Week
- Eat Beans, Peas or Soy Products as a Main Dish
- Get Your Protein from Nuts
- Cut Down on Processed Foods
- Choose Dark Chocolate, Nuts or Trail Mix for Dessert
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.