The following ideas can help you enjoy eating out without lessening your efforts to eat well:
Before you order, ask about ingredients and how the menu selections are prepared. Try to choose dishes made with whole grains, healthy oils, vegetables and lean proteins. Meat that has been broiled, poached, baked, or grilled is a more health-conscious option than fried foods or dishes prepared with heavy sauces.
Plan on eating half your meal and take the rest home to enjoy for lunch or dinner the next day.
Order an extra side of veggies. Non-starchy vegetables, such as green beans, broccoli or asparagus, will help you fill up with low-calorie choices.