have heard advice to dine out less often if you want to weigh
less. Thatís like telling people to leave their cars in the
garage if they want to avoid getting into an automobile
improve highway safety, we need driverís education. Dinersí
education can help avoid menu mishaps.
are maps: Read the menu and listen carefully when servers list
the specials. Check out the menu online to help you plan a
safe route. If you want to splurge on the fried calamari,
choose a grilled entree. If you love sweets, ask to see the
dessert menu first so you know where youíre headed.
your moves: Be specific about what you want or donít want.
For example, "May I have more lemon slices?,"
"Can you lightly brush the fish with butter?"
your eyes open: Look around and see what other diners are
eating so you get a visual on portion sizes. Way too large?
Split the entree or plan to box up half for carryout.
road hazards: The fresh baked bread can be hard to resist.
Ditto the bowl of olive oil. Did you know that olive oil and
butter have the same number of calories? And dipping bread in
olive oil can soak up more fat than a thin spread of butter.
green salads are a great starter, but watch out for goat
cheese, blue cheese, cheddar cheese and sugar-glazed nuts that
can add hundreds of calories.
alternative routes: Be honest when the server asks you how you
like your meal. They want to work fast to make you happy. Is
the snapper still swimming in butter? Donít suffer in
silence. Send it back.
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that sports car: Cheering on the Atlanta Braves at the
stadium? Avoid driving up calorie scores. The Dixie Dog, a
half-pound of frankfurter thatís flash-fried and topped with
pulled pork barbecue, low-country mustard, barbecue sauce,
pickles and creamy Southern slaw, has about 1,277 calories, 98
grams of fat and 2,280 milligrams of sodium.
the ride: Make dining out a special occasion and enjoy the
conversation and the entertainment as much as the food.