March is National Nutrition Month, a yearly campaign by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of nutrition and dietetics practitioners (including Registered Dietitian Nutritionists/RDNs). Every year, the campaign shares a multitude of resources for healthy eating and nutrition. Today we’re sharing some of their most helpful tips for eating with better nutrition when dining out or getting take out.
- Take time to review the menu carefully. Look to see if there is a “healthy/healthier” section or label.
- Look for words like baked, braised, broiled, grilled, poached, roasted, or steamed, which may indicate an item that’s healthier.
- Choose smaller portions of or consume occasionally items higher in saturated fats or sugar, like fried foods or desserts.
- Begin with a salad, side/appetizer of vegetables, or soup high in veggies to incorporate more vegetables overall in your meal.
- Grilled chicken or seafood is a great high protein, lean meat option for the main course.
- Make special requests to increase the nutrition and reduce the less nutritious add-ons, like swapping out a fried side for something baked/steamed/grilled, and asking for sauces and dressings on the side.
- Load your pizza with veggies and consider opting for lean meat toppings, like chicken.
- When ordering from a deli, choose lean meats, added veggies, and whole grain bread. Add a side salad or baked beans to boost nutrition. Skip or choose small portions of creamy salads, like potato salad or macaroni salad.
- When grabbing a smoothie, check to see that real fruits and/or vegetables are used and choose yogurt as a base to boost protein.
- Grocery store dinner to go? Pick up a rotisserie chicken, bag salad, container of cut fruit, and whole grain bread from the bakery.
View more tips and healthier eating ideas at eatright.org.