Eating Well As You Get Older

As you grow older and children leave home, you may find it more convenient to order take out, dine at restaurants, or pick up deli or fast food. Eating out can be an enjoyable experience, but make sure your food choices are not only tasty but healthy, too.

  • Eat reasonable amounts of food and stay within your calorie needs for the day.
  • Select main dishes that include vegetables such as salads, vegetable stir fries, or kebobs.
  • Order your food baked, broiled, or grilled instead of fried.
  • Make sure it is thoroughly cooked, especially dishes with meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs.
  • Choose dishes without gravies or creamy sauces.
  • Ask for dressing on the side so you can control the amount you eat.
  • Ask for food to be prepared without added salt, and don’t add salt at the table.
  • Ordering half portions or splitting a dish with a friend can help keep calorie intake down.
  • Drink water, fat-free or low-fat milk, or other drinks without added sugars.

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