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Tips on eating healthy, low cholesterol foods when you’re out to eat

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Lets face it eating right

Let's face it: eating right when you're not home isn't easy.
There are lots of unhealthy food choices out there. And many of them are pretty tempting.
But it's important to keep on top of your diet—even when you don't control the menu.

Remember to talk to your healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet.
Food options may vary for you.

Follow these tips

Follow these tips and you could put yourself on the path to healthier eating—wherever you're eating.
Be sure to talk to your healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet.
Ask your healthcare professional what diet works best for you.

Fill up on salad.

Start your meal off with a healthy salad. It'll help control your hunger and have you feeling satisfied sooner. But get the dressing on the side—a salad drenched in dressing is often filled with calories and fat.

Practice portion control.

Choose smaller entrées, side dishes, and beverages. If a restaurant only serves large portions, share your food or pack half of it to-go as soon as it arrives. Skip the "all-you-can-eat" buffet. And when you've eaten enough, leave the rest. There's no prize for cleaning your plate.

Make the healthy choice.

Opt for low- or no-calorie drinks such as water, low-fat milk, or unsweetened tea. Order sandwiches with whole wheat bread. Try dishes with vegetables in them such as stir fries, kebabs, or pastas with tomato sauce. Have food steamed, grilled, or broiled. And choose fruit for dessert.

Avoid the not-so-healthy choice.

Keep your meals low in calories, fat, and sugars. Ask your waiter how dishes are prepared. Avoid foods that are fried or sautéed, or covered in creamy sauces or gravies. Resist the urge to add butter to your foods. And of course, it's best to stay away from sugary drinks and desserts.

Keep healthy snacks with you.

It's easy to get hungry on a long commute or shopping trip. Pack some fresh fruit, cut-up vegetables, low-fat string cheese, or unsalted nuts in your bag. It'll keep you from stopping for sweet or fatty snacks.

What to order at your favorite Resturant

WHat to order at your favorite restAUrant

If you enjoy a certain type of cuisine, you'll want to make sure you make the right food choices. Below, you'll find what you should order—and what you should steer clear of—at four popular types of restaurants.


What to choose:

  • Thin-crust pizza with just a little cheese; vegetable toppings
  • Pasta fagioli or primavera, tortellini in broth, anything in light tomato or wine sauces such as Marsala; ravioli, tortellini, and agnolotti with vegetable or lean-meat fillings
  • Veal cacciatore or grilled seafood, and ask for roasted or grilled vegetables as a side dish

What to avoid:

  • Pizza with pepperoni, ham, sausage, bacon, or any fatty meats. Skip the extra cheese, too
  • Bruschetta, garlic bread, antipastos that are marinated in oil, deep-fried calamari, stuffed clams or mushrooms, and stuffed artichokes
  • Pastas topped with alfredo, pesto, carbonara, or cream sauces, as well as risotto and lasagna
  • Cheesy parmigianas, veal piccata, or fatty steaks and chops


What to choose:

  • Gazpacho or black bean soup. Gazpacho is very healthy and low in calories. And bean soup is high in soluble fiber
  • Grilled beef, chicken, or seafood fajitas
  • Enchiladas, burritos, or soft tacos, but definitely opt for half portions
  • Rice, salsa, and tortillas

What to avoid:

  • Anything covered in cheese or sour cream
  • Deep-fried tacos, nachos, and chimichangas
  • Creamy corn chowder or chili con carne
  • Refried beans
  • Desserts such as fried ice cream


Japanese Restaurant

What to choose:

  • Miso soup, salad, and edamame
  • Teriyaki dishes, sushi and sashimi, nakemono, yakimono, stir-fried meats, tofu, and steamed rice and vegetables

What to avoid:

  • Anything that's been in a deep-fryer
  • Tempura dishes, and  chicken or beef katsu (breaded cutlets full of fat)

Chinese Restaurant

What to choose:

  • Wonton or hot-and-sour soup, or steamed dim sum dumplings
  • Rice dishes with stir-fried beef, chicken, or prawns
  • Chow mein, chop suey, tofu dishes, egg foo yung, or any vegetable-based main course

What to avoid:

  • Deep-fried or battered appetizers such as spring rolls and pot stickers
  • Dishes with sweet-and-sour or peanut sauces


What to choose:

  • A dish with vegetables, a salad with little dressing, vegetable soup, or a side of vegetables
  • Poached, seared, or grilled fish
  • A turkey or veggie burger. Or a plain burger with tomato, mustard, and lettuce
  • Grilled chicken with no skin, paired with a baked potato or brown rice
  • No more than a six-inch turkey, beef, or seafood sub on whole wheat bread

What to avoid:

  • Anything with mayonnaise
  • Burgers with cheese, special sauces, or bacon
  • Fried or battered fish
  • Chicken nuggets or deep-fried chicken of any kind
  • Club sandwiches
  • Ribs and fatty cuts of beef
  • Combo dinners that come with fries
  • Anything with gravy
  • Caesar salad (it's covered in cheese, croutons, and fatty dressing)
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