Nearly 60 billion meals will be eaten in restaurants and school or work cafeterias this year. Most of these meals aren’t even remotely healthy. People who frequently dine out get more starch, sugar, salt, and fat than those who eat prepared meals at home. What can you do to help curb this trend?
The Plan for Eating Out
1. Make healthy choices when you eat out. Most restaurants, even those that serve fast food, now have salads and other low-fat, low-sugar choices.
2. Look for a sign on the menus. Many restaurants have a symbol next to their meals that are more healthy for you.
3. Compile menus from local eateries and identify healthy items to choose from.
4. Try not to eat at restaurants or cafeterias more than three times a week. Take a sack lunch a couple of days a week, or have several healthy meals that are fast and easy to prepare at home.