Get healthy in the new year with 10 resolutions to improve your health. By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D.
Eating out at restaurants just got easier. Dining out can be a positive health experience when you choose wisely and avoid overeating. Let the menu be your guide and remember to pay attention to the 3 P's: portion size, preparation method, and products used. Watch out for fried foods and those labeled with "red flag" words like butter, cream, and mayonnaise―these menu items are often higher in calories and saturated fat. Sides can be sneaky too so request dressing on the side and veggies prepared in olive oil. Consider ordering appetizer-sized portions or ask for half of your meal to be packed in a take-home container before it's brought to the table. If you not sure about a recipe's ingredients or preparation method, just ask. This may be the determining factor in whether or not you get that scoop of sorbet for dessert.