Restaurant food can be very high in saturated fat, sugar, and sodium. Here are some tips to guide you through the menu in order to make restaurant visits a healthier experience.

Don’t order foods you have trouble tolerating such as tough meat, breads or fibrous veggies

Ask for substitutions like steamed veggies in place of fries

Request sauces and dressings be served on the side

Portion sizes:

  • Order appetizer sizes
  • Request child sizes or a child’s menu
  • Request half orders
  • Share your order with a friend
  • Automatically put half of your meal in a to-go container
  • Make a meal of side options (steamed broccoli, mashed potatoes)

Order “lite” items or ones lower in fat

Choose baked, broiled or grilled over fried

Avoid desserts like puddings and ice cream as these count as liquids

Adult beverages: if you must, chose a lower alcohol content drink like a glass of red wine