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Any healthy meals you can get at a restaurant?

Any advice on healthy meals you can get at a restaurant? I'm trying to lose weight by exercising and eating more healthy.

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Asked by Diamond2010 at 1:57 PM on Jun. 5, 2011 in Diet & Fitness

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  • Well restaurants usually have the diet friendly portion of the menu but if they don't stick to the basics lean proteins and vegetables, opt for steamed veggies not veggies in sauce, no fried meats only baked, broiled or grilled but it all depends where you'll be eating if you're going to a sit down restaurant and don't see diet friendly you can ask waiter or get whatever food you like but tell them to bring half and doggie bag the other half

    Answer by toybar02 at 2:01 PM on Jun. 5, 2011

  • I have yet to find a restaurant that doesn't have at least SOME healthy options. Even at McDonalds you can find things like fruit and yogurt now. But some tips off the top of my head are order a togo box when you order your food and pack HALF up before you start to eat. Order sauces on the side which will let you use less. Stay away from high fat things like fried foods or anything breaded. If you are in the mood for something like Chicken Parm, ask if they can substitute a non-breaded chicken and cut back on the cheese. Also make sure to eat things like your salad or soup first, and mostly fill up on those since it's easier to make healthy choices with those - again though stay away from creamy soups or dressings.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 2:02 PM on Jun. 5, 2011

  • You could even use your go-out budget on organic produce and make meals at home

    Answer by staciandababy at 2:22 PM on Jun. 5, 2011

  • First tip if you are at a sit down restaurant - when you get your meal, before you even start eating, ask for a box and box up half of it. It's less likely you will eat it if you don't see it, and most restaurants serve large enough portions that half is more than enough! Drink water, and aim to drink at least one full glass before you get your meal. Most restaurants offer some type of healthy options these days, but watch salad dressings, sauces, etc. because they can pack on the calories - ask for them on the side if you want to try them or request a low cal/low fat alternative.

    Answer by missanc at 3:16 PM on Jun. 5, 2011

  • Tons of healthy low calorie options. Mcdonalds for example- side salad, low fat dressing, apple dippers- without the caramel. You can easily end up under 150 calories.

    Wendy's has meals under 500 calories.

    Pizza hut thin crust pizza-- lots of options with under 200 calories a slice. Load it with veggies =)
    Before you go out to eat look up the restaurant. Most will have nutrition facts. You can for the most part order what you want- a lot has to do with portion size. Split a meal with someone, skip the appetizers. You'll do fine!

    Answer by Erica_Smerica at 4:25 PM on Jun. 5, 2011

  • alot of it is paying attention to what comes on your food.
    You can get a pretty good meal at logans steakhouse if you order right.
    I normally order grilled chicken or fish and then get grilled veggies on the side. You can also get a baked sweet potato, i order mine without butter. I like to get a salad but I make sure they dont add cheese/bacon and then get a vinagraitte instead of ranch.

    I agree about getting half to go!

    Answer by TaraRichelle at 5:17 PM on Jun. 5, 2011

  • Clear ( as in non-cream) soups, salads where you add your own oil and vinegar, broiled chicken or other meats without sauces.

    Answer by Bmat at 5:29 PM on Jun. 5, 2011

  • try the book Eat this Not That

    Answer by elizabiza at 5:54 PM on Jun. 5, 2011

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