Restaurant dining has become a way of life for most Americans. It’s easy, fun, and a great way to socialize with family and friends. This need not change because you are following a lower fat diet. The key is to order wisely. Don’t be afraid to ask how something is prepared or to make a special request. Most restaurants are eager to please their patrons.
The following tips should make dining out a little easier.
- Choose entrees that are grilled, baked or broiled; avoid anything fried.
- If you crave a steak, order a petite filet.
- Steamed vegetables are best. Avoid items that are described as scalloped, au gratin, in cream or butter sauce.
- Ask for fat-free salad dressing or have regular dressing served on the side. This will let you control the portion size.
- Broth-based soups or fruit juices make good lower fat appetizers.
- Avoid French fries or potato chips that usually accompany sandwiches. Ask to have them replaced with fresh fruit or a baked potato.
- When ordering Italian, choose tomato-based sauces instead of cream or Alfredo sauces.
- Oriental foods can be good choices. Order steamed rice and stir-fried entrees that feature small portions of chicken, fish, or lean meat with lots of vegetables. Always request that your dinner be prepared with less oil.
- Choose fresh fruit or sorbet for dessert. If an occasional pastry can’t be resisted, share it with a friend.