Restaurants, convenience and grocery stores, or fast-food places offer a variety of options when eating out. But larger portions can make it easy to eat or drink too many calories. Larger helpings can also increase your intake of saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars. Think about ways to make healthier choices when eating food away from home.
Consider your drink
Choose water, fat-free or low-fat milk, unsweetened tea, and other drinks without added sugars to complement your meal.
Savor a salad
Start your meal with a salad packed with vegetables to help you feel satisfied sooner. Ask for dressing on the side and use a small amount of it.
Share a main dish
Divide a main entree between family and friends. Ask for small plates for everyone at the table.
Pack your snack
Pack fruit, sliced vegetables, low-fat string cheese, or unsalted nuts to eat during road trips or long commutes. No need to stop for other food when these snacks are ready-to-eat.
Get your whole grains
Request 100% whole-wheat breads, rolls, and pasta when choosing sandwiches, burgers, or main dishes.