advertisement
28 December 2011

Eat healthy when eating out

While the holidays tend to translate into restaurant meals that are bigger and higher in kilojoules than those prepared at home, eating out doesn't have to be unhealthy, an expert says.

0

While the holidays tend to translate into restaurant meals that are bigger and higher in kilojoules than those prepared at home, eating out doesn't have to be unhealthy, an expert says.

Making wise choices at restaurants can prevent people from consuming hundreds of extra kilojoules.

"The average American consumes close to 50% of his or her meals outside of the home and fast-food restaurants are abundant," said Dr Jessica Bartfield, an internist who specializes in nutrition and weight management at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, in a Loyola University Health System news release."By following a few rules, you can keep any fast food meal in calorie check."

When choosing a restaurant, Bartfield recommends sandwich shops that offer vegetable toppings, which can add vitamins and nutrients to a quick meal. "I am also a fan of fast-food places that offer soup or even chili as soup can be a terrific option, particularly ones loaded with veggies, lean meats and beans," she said. "Be careful to avoid the cream- or cheese-based soups and beware the bread bowl, which can increase the calories by up to 1 000."

Bartfield offered these fast-food menu tips to help Americans stay healthy:

  • Choose grilled, not fried. Choosing foods that are grilled can save 280 calories and 27g of fat.
  • Hold the high-fat extras. Cheese, mayonnaise and salad dressings can pack on up to 100 calories per serving. Avoid these extra ingredients unless low-fat versions are available.
  • Order small sizes. Opt for smaller portions and single burgers, rather than double or bonus sizes.
  • Avoid sugary drinks. These empty calories add up quickly and offer no nutritional value.
  • Save half for later. Wrap up the uneaten portion of your meal and have it for your next meal to save money and calories.


(Copyright © 2011 HealthDay. All rights reserved.)

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Contraceptives and you »

Scientists create new contraceptive from seaweed Poor long-term birth control training leads to 'accidents'

7 birth control myths you should stop believing

Will the Pill make you gain weight? Can you fall pregnant while breastfeeding? We bust seven common myths about birth control.

Your digestive health »

Causes of digestive disorders 9 habits that could hurt your digestive system

Your tummy rumblings might help diagnose bowel disorder

With the assistance of an 'acoustic belt', doctors can now determine the cause of your tummy troubles.