Posted by: Jaena | October 2, 2012

How To Navigate Restaurant Menus

It can be a bit tricky at times trying to navigate the menu at a restaurant. Here are several tips to help keep you on the right track. 

1)  Check online offerings with your favorite restaurant before making dining decisions. Many restaurants post online nutrition information to help with the decision making process.

2) Ask the waiter for details such as the how and with what a dish is prepared with. For example, are the vegetables steamed and then doused with loads of butter?

3) Ask for substitutions if the meal is served with fried or mashed sides or starches. Look for grilled, steamed, poached, baked or roasted. Avoid battered, scalloped, crispy, creamed, hollandaise, alfredo, au gratin, breaded and cheese sauce to name a few.

4) If you’re trying to watch your sodium, you may want to avoid smoked, tomato base, barbecued, soy sauce, marinated, teriyaki, pickled and cocktail sauce. 

5)  Portion control is a must.  What you may consider a portion may actually end up being 2-3 portions and can make a huge difference if you’re trying to lose weight.

6)  Address your concerns with your waiter and ask for the healthiest dish. The waiter can consult with the chef and that way you can enjoy a healthy and satisfying meal.

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