Tips on Eating Out

Tips on Eating Out

While working at the Student Health Center, I have gotten several tips on healthy eating out to share with college students during my presentations. Busy schedules (and for some, lack of an oven) make for more eating out, so here are suggestions from the Student Health Center website about making heatlhy choices when eating out:

Look for these buzz words on the menu:

“GO FOR IT” Words

  • Seamed
  • Broiled
  • Grilled
  • Poached
  • Garden-fresh
  • Dressing on the side
  • Clear broth
  • In its own juice
  • Roasted
  • Lite
  • Whole-Grain


  • Fried
  • Stuffed
  • Braised
  • Crispy
  • Breaded
  • Cream sauce
  • Cheese sauce
  • Alfredo sauce
  • Au Gratin
  • Buttery
  • Prime

Be aggressive when ordering; don’t be afraid to give special requests. Most restaurants will:

  • Take special food preparation requests
  • Prepare the food without salt or MSG
  • Serve dressings on the side
  • Serve nonfat or low-fat milk
  • Trim visible fat from meat or remove skin from poultry before cooking it
  • Broil, bake, steam, or poach rather than fry foods
  • Leave butter, gravy, or sauces off entrees and side dishes