It's important to understand what's on the menu when you eat out. The good news: You can eat heart-healthy if you know what to look for.
Many restaurants offer delicious meals that are low in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol, or will prepare your food to order. With a little bit of effort, you can ensure that the meals you eat away from home are part of a healthy diet.
When choosing a restaurant, follow these tips:
- No All-You-Can-Eat - Try to avoid restaurants that offer all-you-can-eat buffets or specials, because you’re more likely to eat more food (and more calories) than you need.
- Try a Little Planning - If you're familiar with a restaurant’s menu, decide what you're going to order before you go. That will help you avoid the temptation of ordering meals high in fat.