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How to Eat Healthy While Dining Out


I’m traveling at the moment for work, which means I’m spending a lot of time sitting behind a computer, on an airplane and in restaurants rather than standing in my own kitchen preparing a meal. Whether you’re dining out because of travel or a hectic schedule or just because you enjoy it, here are a few tips on what to order so you can eat healthy and continue to fit in your jeans while sitting down to eat at a restaurant.

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  • Italian Cuisine 1 of 5
    Italian Cuisine
    Red sauce rules when it comes to staying trim in a pasta joint. Avoid cream-based sauces and rich, cheese-stuffed ravioli. Instead, opt for tomato sauces and lighter options. If you're in the right restaurant, you may even find fresh grilled meats alongside farro or other pasta alternatives.
    Read more on eating healthy with Italian Cuisine at Daily Meal
  • Japanese Cuisine 2 of 5
    Japanese Cuisine
    With staples like fish and rice, Japanese cuisine is an obvious choice in healthy eating. Be careful not to use too much soy sauce for sodium intake, and choose options like edamame, buckwheat noodles and miso soup for nutrient-dense dining.
    Read more on eating healthy when eating Japanese at Daily Meal
  • French Cuisine 3 of 5
    French Cuisine
    The key to eating butter, foie gras and cheese on a regular basis is not starving yourself for days before and after, nor is it avoiding it altogether. Instead, it's appreciating it in the "small, delicate portions" it is offered as in French restaurants. Sip your wine, enjoy a conversation and appreciate rather than inhale your food.
    Read more on eating healthy with French cuisine at Daily Meal
  • Mexican Cuisine 4 of 5
    Mexican Cuisine
    Choose black beans over refried to avoid hidden fats, and avoid the sour cream. Instead, opt for healthy fats like guacamole and mole sauces.
    Read more on eating healthy Mexican cuisine at Daily Meal
  • Seafood and more! 5 of 5
    Seafood and more!
    Seafood is probably one of my favorites when it comes to eating out. Grilled fish is an easy choice, and it is usually paired with fresh vegetables alongside it. Avoid fried and breaded options, and check the Seafood Watch for sustainable sources and those low in mercury levels and PCBs.
    Read more on Daily Meal and get the scoop on eating healthy when dining on Chinese cuisine, American cuisine and more!

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