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Dining Out

Avoid the kids' menu if you can. The standard hot dog, hamburger, and grilled cheese are usually much greasier and less nutritious than the adult entrees, which are great to split among two or more kids.

- Submitted by KATHY47802 9/14/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Evernote to the Rescue

I have a notebook in Evernote with a separate note for each restaurant I visit and what the best options are for my diet plan in each. I don't write down the "best options" that I wouldn't like either - just what I'd actually order. With my smart phone, I have that custom reference to keep me on track.

- Submitted by ARAMIS5 8/3/2012 in Organization | 0 Comments
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Salad dressing on the side; Don't pour it on

When ordering salad dressing on the side at a restaurant, don’t pour it onto your salad. Instead dip your fork into the dressing before each bite of salad to get all the flavor but a fraction of the calories. You’ll be amazed how much dressing is left over at the end of the meal without feeling deprived.

- Submitted by CADENCEONE 8/18/2011 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments
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Define "Special Occasion" On Paper

Do you let yourself splurge a little when dining out on special occasions? If so, do you find the definition for "special" can vary wildly, from your 10-year anniversary to birthdays to... payday? If so, write down your definition for "Special Occasion" on a piece of paper and put it in your purse or car, then refer to that list when on your way to dinner out. If your occasion doesn't fit, don't splurge. This can keep you from splurging just because you got paid or because friends are in town.

- Submitted by THEMUGGET 7/24/2011 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Need help searching for restaurant nutritional values? Try this!

Don't know how many calories, etc. particular dining out meals have? Try fitnesspal.com/food/search & type in the food you want to find. It will have the restaurant in paranthesis to the right of the food item. I couldn't find a particular meal on the restaurant's website & found it here (although I wish I hadn't...YIKES!)

- Submitted by STINASTEW 7/1/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Best Kept SPARKPEOPLE Secret - Dining out guide

A HUGE THANK YOU to Spark Insider for sharing the dining out guide.

You can check out the "healthy" finds before going out to eat. Now if there was a way to pull the nutritional information directly from the restaurant into the nutritional tracker.

http://www.sparkpeop
le.com/resource/sparkdin
ing.asp


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- Submitted by KIMBUG725 5/25/2011 in Using SparkPeople | 1 Comment
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Applebee's Signature Sirloin with Garlic Herb Shrimp

Applebee's description: Our 7 oz. sirloin grilled and topped with succulent shrimp in a light cream sauce and served with herb potatoes, seasonal vegetables, fresh bruschetta, sliced almonds and chopped parsley.

- Submitted by SHADESI 1/29/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Eating at Wendy's

My favorite fast food meal, especially in the winter months, is a Wendy's plain baked potato topped with a small chili. Total calories: 490. This may seem a little high, but the large amounts of protein and fiber will keep you feeling full for hours!

- Submitted by BETHKK 12/8/2010 in Healthy Eating | 4 Comments
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"Not my favourite"

Rather than saying they "love" or "hate" foods, our kids use the expression, "it's not my favourite," to describe foods that they would rather not eat.

- Submitted by FSDRUMMER 8/22/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Cut Your Meals in 1/2 when dining out

When I go out for a meal, before it is delivered to my table I always ask for a to-go box. Once the food arrives, I immediately put at least half of it in the box and set it aside. You may get strange looks at first but it will definately stop you from overeating. (Don't eat out of the box!!)

- Submitted by CORCORJL 8/10/2010 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Speak up!

When ordering at a restaurant and you are unsure of the preparation method or coating on something, ask! If is not the way you would prefer ask if it would be possible to alter and I have yet to find an establishment that hasn't obliged.

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- Submitted by YOUNGCASS 8/2/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Eating out

When I go out to eat I always ask for a bread plate. When my entrée comes I transfer some of it to the bread plate and I immediately ask for a to go box for whatever remains. This helps me with my portion control and also gives me a leftover meal for lunch the next day.

- Submitted by MARYSPARKLES 7/6/2010 in Everything Else | 2 Comments
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Think "half" when dining out...

I always ask for a "to go" box before eating a restaurant meal. Dividing over-portioned meals not only keeps me on track, but stretches my dollars spent into two meals rather than one. emoticon

- Submitted by NANISSS 6/29/2010 in Saving Money | 4 Comments
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Dining out - Save half your portion BEFORE you eat

When ordering your food at a restaurant, ask for a To Go container at the same time. When your food (and the container) arrives, take half and put it away immediately.

- Submitted by WIGIME 6/1/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Prepare before going out to eat

When I'm planning on going to a restaurant, I will look up nutritional information online and select my meal ahead of time whenever possible. This helps me know if I can eat the whole meal or should bring some leftovers home, as well as whether a dessert or drink splurge is okay.

- Submitted by BECOMINGDEB 5/24/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Fill up before filling up

I eat a cup of baby carrots 20 minutes before a meal to tell my brain that I'm already filling up. That way I'm not tempted to go back for seconds or thirds. This is a particularly good trick when going out to eat or over to the in-laws. emoticon

- Submitted by MLMILLER49 5/8/2010 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments
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Cut restaurant portions in half

I ask my server to put half of my food in to go containers before it is served.

- Submitted by JRBASKIND 3/28/2010 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments
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Good Choices When Dining Out

Collect or print the nutritional values from the eating establishments which you visit most often. Put them in a binder and keep in a handy place. You will have all the information you need to stay on track while dining out right at your fingertips.

- Submitted by ARLONAYVONNA 3/27/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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