Americans have busy lifestyles, so we find ourselves eating out a lot. When we’re on the go, we want food that is not only fast and easy, but also tastes great. This month I’m focusing on making healthy eating accessible to everyone for National Nutrition Month. With that in mind, use these 10 simple tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to find healthy eating choices wherever you go!
#1 Think about your food choices for the entire day. If you’re planning a special restaurant meal in the evening, have a light breakfast and lunch.
#2 It’s OK to make special requests, just keep them simple. For example, ask for a baked potato or side salad in place of French fries; no mayonnaise or bacon on your sandwich; sauces served on the side
#3 Hunger can drive you to eat too much bread before your meal arrives. Hold the bread or chips until your meal is served. Out of sight, out of mind.
#4 Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. No more than one drink for women and two for men. Alcohol tends to increase your appetite and provides calories without any nutrients.
#5 Eat your lower-calorie food first. Soup or salad is a good choice. Follow up with a light main course.
#6 Pass up all-you-can-eat specials, buffets and unlimited salad bars if you tend to eat too much. 21. If you do choose the buffet, fill up on salads and vegetables first. Take no more than two trips and use the small plate that holds less food.
#7 Load up your pizza with vegetable toppings. If you add meat, make it lean ham, Canadian bacon, chicken or shrimp
#8 Look for a sandwich wrap in a soft tortilla. Fillings such as rice mixed with seafood, chicken, or grilled vegetables are usually lower in fat and calories.
#9 Be size-wise about muffins, bagels, croissants and biscuits. A jumbo muffin has more than twice the fat and calories of the regular size.
#10 Always eating on the go? Tuck portable, nonperishable foods in your purse, tote, briefcase or backpack for an on-the-run meal. Some suggestions are peanut butter and crackers, granola bars, a piece of fresh fruit, trail mix, single serve packages of whole grain cereal or crackers.
Instead of choosing to eat out, especially breakfast, here are some delicious breakfast options you can make in 5 minutes!