Eating Out Doesn't Have to Mean Excess
TUESDAY, Dec. 27 (HealthDay News) -- While the holidays tend to
translate into restaurant meals that are bigger and higher in
calories than those prepared at home, eating out doesn't have to be
unhealthy, an expert says.
Making wise choices at restaurants can prevent Americans from
consuming hundreds of extra calories.
"The average American consumes close to 50 percent of his or her meals outside of the home and fast-food restaurants are abundant," said Dr. Jessica Bartfield, an internist who specializes in nutrition and weight management at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, in a Loyola University Health System news release."By following a few rules, you can keep any fast food meal in calorie check."
When choosing a restaurant, Bartfield recommends sandwich shops
that offer vegetable toppings, which can add vitamins and nutrients
to a quick meal. "I am also a fan of fast-food places that offer
soup or even chili as soup can be a terrific option, particularly
ones loaded with veggies, lean meats and beans," she said. "Be
careful to avoid the cream- or cheese-based soups and beware the
bread bowl, which can increase the calories by up to 1,000."
Bartfield offered these fast-food menu tips to help Americans
- Choose grilled, not fried. Choosing foods that are grilled
can save 280 calories and 27 grams of fat.
- Hold the high-fat extras. Cheese, mayonnaise and salad
dressings can pack on up to 100 calories per serving. Avoid these
extra ingredients unless low-fat versions are available.
- Order small sizes. Opt for smaller portions and single
burgers, rather than double or bonus sizes.
- Avoid sugary drinks. These empty calories add up quickly and
offer no nutritional value.
- Save half for later. Wrap up the uneaten portion of your meal
and have it for your next meal to save money and calories.
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