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Tips for Eating Out in Different Types of Restaurants

The following list includes selections of healthy food choices from various cuisines. Remember to count the carbohydrates in each.

Asian

  • Steamed dumplings or potstickers
 
  • Stir-fried fish, chicken, or lean beef with vegetables
 
  • Sushi or Sashimi
 
  • Steamed-rice or boiled-noodle dishes
 

Mexican

  • Chicken enchilada (no cheese or sour cream)
 
  • Small burrito with whole beans and chicken
 
  • Chicken or fish fajitas
 
  • Steamed rice with chicken
 

Steak House

  • Grilled or broiled lean cuts of beef (round steak, sirloin, filet mignon, London broil, tip roast)
 
  • Broiled or baked chicken breast (don’t eat the skin)
 
  • Steamed vegetables
 

Salad Bars and Buffets

  • Lettuce; plain, fresh vegetables; beans with light dressing
  • Roast chicken or turkey breast (without the skin) or lean, sliced roast beef
 
  • Steamed vegetables (without butter, margarine, or sauce)
 
  • Fresh fruit
 

Fast Food

Believe it or not, most fast-food restaurants will provide nutrition information if you ask. You can also check the Internet or various printed sources. Good choices include:
 
  • Grilled veggie burger without sauce
 
  • Garden salad with light dressing
 
  • Broiled, roasted, or grilled chicken sandwich
 
  • Sliced turkey or lean roast beef sandwich (without mayonnaise)
 
  • Grilled hamburger with bun, tomato, lettuce, pickles, onion, ketchup, and mustard (no cheese or “secret sauce”)
 
  • Baked potato with vegetables
 
  • Avoid beverages high in sugar or fats, such as milkshakes

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