Too hot to stand over the stove this summer? If you're planning to take it easy by dining out, be aware that most restaurant food has higher-than-expected amounts of sodium, protein and fats. The National Kidney Foundation offers 5 ways to make healthy choices when dining out so you can relax and stay healthy this summer.
- If you plan on dining out in the evening, prepare breakfast and lunch at home. Cut back on serving sizes and foods high in sodium and potassium for these meals.
- Check the restaurant's Web site in advance to see if the menu's nutrition facts are posted.
- Look over the menu carefully. Ask your server for more detail about items with which you are not familiar.
- Consider sharing a main dish with a friend or family member to decrease portion size.
- Practice making special requests. Some examples include:
- For salad dressings, gravies or sauces: "on the side."
- For any grilled, sautéed or baked entrées: "No salt, please."
- For Asian foods: "no MSG (monosodium glutamate)."
- For sandwiches or burgers: "without cheese."
For more dining out tips, including what to look for in specific ethnic restaurants click here.