Eat out, eat healthy and eat for less


Here are seven tips for staying healthy and keeping on a budget when you are out on the town:

1. Have a plan. Check out websites for menus and specials. They often have nutritional information as well. Being ready reduces temptation. Look for coupons as well.
2. Don’t go hungry. People order more food when hungry. Try eating something light about an hour before heading out. A piece of fruit or cheese and cracker appetizer is just the thing.
3. Order apps instead of entrees. You can find smaller more reasonably sized portions and smaller prices on the appetizer menu. Stay away from fried and overly sauced offerings.
4. Share. Split an appetizer and an entrée to save money. Watch out for split charges if the server should offer to plate for two. For a group, split several entrees to sample more of the menu for less.
5. Watch out for beverages. Some soft drinks cost $5 or more. Avoid the cost and the sugar. Increase your water consumption by sticking to a simple glass of water. Order tap with a squeeze of lemon. Zero cost, zero calories.
6. Strategize dessert. If you’re going to dive in, try sharing one order with the whole table. If you just want something sweet, ask about a fruit plate. Many restaurants offer them off menu.
7. Keep regular specials in mind. Whether it’s the early bird special or Tuesday all day senior savings, keep in mind regular specials and make the most of them. They are usually listed on the website.

Source: Alere Healthwise


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