January 09, 2012

Eat Out and Your Heart Will Thank You

Eat Out and Your Heart Will Thank You

It's important to understand what's on the menu when you eat out. The good news: You can eat heart-healthy if you know what to look for.

Many restaurants offer delicious meals that are low in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol, or will prepare your food to order. With a little bit of effort, you can ensure that the meals you eat away from home are part of a healthy diet.

When choosing a restaurant, follow these tips:

- Try to avoid restaurants that offer all-you-can-eat buffets or specials, because you're more likely to eat more food (and more calories) than you need.
- If you're familiar with a restaurant's menu, decide what you're going to order before you go. That will help you avoid the temptation of ordering meals high in fat.

Source: American Heart Association

Michael Hagarty
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Maria Cerceo Slade

Hi, Laura - Grilling is generally a healthy preparation for meats and vegetables, but you need to be wary of the sauces that are used in the sauteeing process as they add a considerable amount of calories. Keep checking back to YourAriaHealth and our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ariahealth for healthy eating and nutrition tips. Thanks!

January 09, 2012 4:09 PM

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Laura Leinbach

Do you have any tips about the healthiest way to have foods prepared? I know grilled chicken is better than crispy chicken, are there any similar rules for other popular foods?

January 09, 2012 10:44 AM

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Susan Cermignano

I try to bake, broil or grill whenever I can. Also I have found that using Extra-Virgin Olive Oil or Canola Oil when you do need to fry gives my family the best results. A lot of the healthy recipes and I use are from the Aria Health Facebook page as well as from Aria's chef on this blog.

January 15, 2013 3:21 PM

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