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85 Tips & Strategies for Dining Out

Take the Challenge Out of Dining

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NUTINLOOKSLIKE

9/18/2014 12:19:29 PM

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Some of the tips were helpful, but I was rather disappointed at the vagueness of the article. There are a lot of things that are not address: Individuals with plant-based eating lifestyles and individuals with food allergies are not addressed.

BEEINGKEI

9/6/2013 8:05:15 AM

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I find it very frustrating as a vegetarian that non of these article even touch on the difficulties of attempting to eat out "veggie" style. They even say don't look I the vegetarian options as they are loaded on extra calories. Sooo am I supposed to just eat vegetables? I don't have the option to eat skinless chicken or fish as an entree and most broth based soups are beef or chicken. Can't lose for winning :(

DELLMEL

8/10/2013 6:05:20 PM

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Great article. I don't eat out like that. I think I can cook at home and be better off than going spending money.

RENATA144

7/9/2013 6:39:31 PM

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taking half home for another meal = no cooking.

BROWN-EYED-BABY

9/3/2012 12:14:43 AM

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LINASPARK: I absolutely agree with you!!! Thanks for not holding any punches!

LINASPARK

8/16/2012 6:08:37 PM

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Some of the tips on here are good, but some aren't so great.

I'd be embarrassed to dine out with someone who implemented a lot of these suggestions, like continually dipping a fork in dressing while eating in public or asking a waiter to come up with some melba toast or margarine. (And margarine isn't even healthier than butter.)

Besides that, I don't think telling people to order boiled or steamed vegetables is a great tip. It's extremely rare that these are going to be worth having, taste-wise. If someone likes them, more power to him, but they're usually flavorless and flaccid. They're the kind of thing that make most people hate eating healthily and make them likely to steal piles of fries off their companions' plates.

Just get a salad with lots of crisp, tasty vegetables and a little bit of light dressing. Or snatch up any vegetable sides that are grilled or stir-fried. If you can pair that with a healthy appetizer or soup, you've got a meal.

And some of these suggestions just don't make sense as workable solutions. "Angel food cake is light--but it's not on many menus, and watch the sugar." What does "watch the sugar" even mean in this context? The person ordering it, assuming they're at one of the few restaurants that offers it, isn't going to be looking on at the recipe or preparation. Is it just meant to be a reminder that cake has sugar in it? Great, thanks for that insightful "tip."

WOLF648

7/29/2011 3:40:01 AM

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Good tips!

DEMPSTER3

6/9/2010 10:52:51 PM

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Lots of great tips here! A lot to remember, but putting them in place and using them; makes them a habit and habits are hard to break! So, this is a great article!

SMILESRME

3/14/2010 8:44:32 PM

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Great article...the challenge will be to remember when dining out? But, as stated, having a plan beforehand can be the key.

CMBELISLE

2/24/2010 12:56:16 PM

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This is a great article, especially since I eat out a lot. The only thing I disagree with is the comment that steaks are fattier than roasts. If you order the right steak, it is definitely leaner than many roasts.

LEESAH76

2/16/2010 11:56:45 PM

Applebee's has a great menu of healthy options. The under 550 calorie menu is so good. The honey dijon chicken with mushrooms, steamed veggies and roasted potatoes is my favorite. There are also several weight watcher choices with the points value on the menu!

ROCKINFOX

9/29/2009 4:44:16 PM

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I do try to eat healthier options when I go out to eat, but I do like my pasta with alfredo sauce once in a while. Anytime I eat out I always ask for a to go container with my food. That way I have lunch or dinner tomorrow.

JIBBIE49

6/18/2009 11:19:48 AM

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Going on line and looking at the menu BEFORE going to the restaurant is a REALLY good idea, so you know what you want when you get there. YES, YES, YES.

SHINAKO

5/8/2009 3:59:14 PM

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I like the "to go" container at the start of the meal also. I'm a pretty shy person, and don't like to make waves, so I'm not the type who'd ask for items that aren't on the menu... I'd just go ahead and plan to eat the healthier options instead. I really liked the points about giving feedback to the manager, and keeping a notebook about the healthy options at restaurants. That seems very pro-active in the long run.

KPARSON

3/29/2009 12:02:18 AM

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I found this a very helpful article. I have started downloading the nutrition stats for each of the restaurants that I may eat at. I find this helpful in picking out my meal even before I leave the house. We don't eat out much but now and again it is a nice treat and I was always worried about eating too much.

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