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We eat out because it is easy, quick and fun. But is it healthy?
Nashville, Ark. – It doesn’t matter if you have a diet with special dietary concerns,
or are just watching what you eat to lose weight; eating out can be a concern. Whether
it’s a business meeting over lunch, carry-out dinner, or a fast-food meal, eating
out is a part of our busy lives. We eat out because it’s easy, it’s quick, and it’s
fun. But is it healthy?
It can be. If you plan ahead and choose wisely, you will likely find foods
that fit into your meal plan. Many restaurants are trying to meet the growing demand
of diners’ health needs and provide nutrition information along with calories.
Some restaurants offer foods lower in cholesterol, fat, and sodium, and
higher in fiber. Most have fruit juice and decaffeinated coffee. Many offer reduced-calorie
salad dressings, low-fat or fat-free milk, and salt substitutes.
If you eat away from home a lot, you need to find ways to follow your
meal plan as much as possible. Pick a restaurant with a variety of choices to increase
your chances of finding the foods you want and order only what you need and want.
Here’s how to order so that you will hopefully follow your meal plan.
Fast food restaurants probably pose the biggest challenge when eating out. But, believe
it or not, you can make healthy fast-food choices. How? Know exactly what you are
ordering and plan ahead.
What you order is the key. It’s easy to eat an entire day’s worth of fat, salt, and
calories in just one fast-food meal. But it’s also possible to make wise choices and
eat a fairly healthy meal.
Some tips that can help you choose well include:
Eating out can be one of life’s great pleasures. Make the right choices, ask for what
you need and balance your meals out with healthy meals at home. You can enjoy yourself
and take charge of your health at the same time.
For more information on eating out, contact the Howard County Extension Office at
870-845-7517 or visit our office located on the second floor of the courthouse.
Here is a great way to enjoy a taste of spring. This recipe is from the
Cooking With Extension cookbook. It is great for potlucks and is super easy to make.
1 (8 oz.) can chunk pineapple, drained
1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
20 green, seedless grapes washed
¼ cup chopped nuts or ¼ cup toasted coconut
Toss pineapple, mandarin oranges, and grapes in medium bowl. Top with
chopped nuts or toasted coconut. Chill. Serve. Yield 6 servings
Nutrition Information Per Serving: 100 calories, fat 3.5g, protein 1 g, carbohydrate
17g, fiber <1g, sodium 10mg
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff Chair U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 firstname.lastname@example.org
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