How to Eat Healthy While Dining Out | Cornerstones4Care®

Make Dining Out Healthier

Eating away from home can be challenging. Here are some tips that can help:

  • Have fat-free sauces and dressings served on the side
  • Ask for salsa instead of cheese or sour cream on your burrito
  • On sandwiches, ask for mustard or fresh tomato slices instead of dressings
  • Have a salad instead of fries
  • Before you go out to eat, check the menu online for healthy meal options that fit your plan
Dining Out

Learn about making healthy choices when dining out from celebrity chef and nutritionist Lourdes Castro.


Remember, drinks can have a lot of sugar and carbs. Here are some ideas on how to enjoy your healthy meal with a healthy drink:

  • Water, unsweetened tea, black coffee, and diet soda are no-calorie or low-calorie options
  • Low-fat milk and milk choices like almond and soy milk can help you cut calories. But check the labels for high sugar and carbohydrate levels
  • A splash of lemon or lime juice can add flavor to water
  • Seltzer water is a better choice than sugary drinks
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