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Dining Strategies for Specific Cuisines

The Healthy Dining Menu

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Sometimes, general dining out strategies can only help so much. When you eat at a privately-owned or ethnic restaurant, there’s no pamphlet or website with nutritional information. How do you know what to order, especially when you don’t understand the language?

That’s why we researched and collected tips for the most popular restaurant cuisines—from Chinese to Vietnamese, and Caribbean to Indian, it’s all here in our Cuisine-specific guide.

The “Menu” below serves as a table of contents. Click on each cuisine type to learn more about it and how to make your next sit-down meal at that particular restaurant a healthy one.

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Caribbean— combining African and Spanish cooking, spices and fruits are its signature

Chinese—reflects many cooking styles, traditions, ingredients and flavors from multiple regions

French—rich textures and flavors are high in fat, but usually served in small portions

Greek & Middle Eastern—overall, a healthy way to eat

Indian—menu feature rich curries, creamy sauces, and a variety of intense spices

Italian—simple menu items with lots of flavor

Japanese—smaller portions with an emphasis on rice and soybean products

Korean—a unification of Japanese, Chinese and Mongolian traditions, known for variety

Mexican—huge portions that are often fried, topped with cheese, and served as large platters.

Steakhouse—hearty, filling heartland food

Thai—hot, spicy, flavorful, and packed with fresh ingredients

Vietnamese— a mixture of subtle Far East and French flavors
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  • It's nice to see Korean food get a nod on this list - I think it is the most overlooked of the Asian cuisines! - 11/28/2010 9:29:31 PM
  • This will really help me with the chinese takeaway i'm having at the weekend for Valentines Day as a special treat. Need to make sure i don't stray too far from the healthy path! - 2/11/2010 4:04:56 PM
  • This will really help me with the chinese takeaway i'm having at the weekend for Valentines Day as a special treat. Need to make sure i don't stray too far from the healthy path! - 2/11/2010 4:04:37 PM
  • I've found this article very helpful, thanks! - 6/22/2009 9:53:01 PM
  • I've found this article very helpful, thanks! - 6/22/2009 9:52:57 PM
  • I've found this article very helpful, thanks! - 6/22/2009 9:52:52 PM
  • OMGOSH! This is so awesome. Thank you!!!!!!!! - 6/30/2008 12:10:19 AM
  • MARYBETHATOZ
    Wonderful article, lots of helpful information! Thanks so much. - 3/22/2008 10:58:00 PM
  • MARYBETHATOZ
    Wonderful article, lots of helpful information! Thanks so much. - 3/22/2008 10:57:44 PM
  • Great article with useful guidelines for every cuisine. However, too many of the important signature dishes are on the "Banned" list! Rather than banning anything, one should use knowledge to plan ahead. Rather than avoiding "spaghetti alla carbonara" altogether, for example, you can opt to go light and healthy for lunch and breakfast to "save space" for your desired indulgence. If the portion size is huge, either share or put half of it away. When a high calorie indulgence is your main course, make sure your first course is very light (salad & lo-cal dressing) and you skip desert (or take some sort of fruit as your desert). It's all about balance! - 3/8/2008 4:00:36 PM
  • Great article. I love Japanese food because it doesn't taste 'heavy'. - 3/5/2008 3:17:53 PM

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