- Explore the menu options and make a few smart choices. Look for the “light” or “healthy” choices on the menu. Select vegetables for sides instead of fries. Avoid options with words like “jumbo”, “deluxe”, or “super-size”. Skip the cheese and get sauces/dressings on the side.
- Many restaurant portion sizes are more than one recommended serving. Next time you dine out, ask your server to place half of your meal into a to-go container to enjoy later, choose an appetizer instead of an entrée, or share one entrée with a dining partner.
- Skip sugar-sweetened beverages (soda, sweet tea, sports drinks, flavored juice drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened coffee).
- Pick lean cooking methods for your protein (baked, boiled, or grilled versus breaded, fried, or battered).
- Slow down and enjoy the taste of your food. It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that you’re full, so put down your fork periodically and sip water between bites.