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Healthy Dining​

Tips for Eating Healthy While Dining Out

Americans dine out an average of 4-5 times per week. Often, restaurant meals contain an entire day’s worth of calories and fat and are typically low in vitamins, minerals and fiber. However, there are ways to eat a healthy and nutritious meal while dining out.

Here are some tips:

  • Start your meal with a salad packed with veggies; this helps control hunger and makes you feel satisfied sooner.
  • Go easy on the complimentary foods at the beginning of a meal, like chips and salsa (average 450 calories) and bread. One breadstick contains 150 calories.
  • Order unsweetened tea or water instead of soft drinks.
  • Order steamed, grilled or broiled dishes instead of those that are fried or sautéed.
  • Choose a “small” or “medium” portion, or share an entrée with a friend.
  • If you must order an entire meal, ask for a to-go box as soon as you get your food and put half of the meal in the box to save for later.
  • Ask for sauces and dressings to be served on the side so you can only add as much as you need.
  • Load up on fruits and vegetables that are fresh or steamed instead of fried.
  • Resign from the “clean your plate” club. When you’ve eaten enough, leave the rest.

Certified Healthy Restaurants

Another tip is to choose restaurants that offer healthy options. A state-wide intiative started in 2009 recognizes single venues, as well as local and national chains, that offer healthy options and environments for their patrons. Criteria for certifications includes: a smoke-free environment, healthy food choices for children and adults, and nutrition information provided.

To learn more about the Certified Healthy Restaurant program, click here.


We have 10 locations across Tulsa County that offer a variety of services to help you and your family stay healthy.

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