March is National Nutrition Month, and as we age eating nutritional foods is increasingly important. It may seem more convenient to order take out, or dine at restaurants, or pick up deli or fast food–especially if we’re not cooking for more than one or two people. This is okay and eating out is often about more than just the food, but make sure your 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.
- Order half portions or split a dish with a friend to help keep calorie intake down.
- Drink water, fat-free or low-fat milk, or other drinks without added sugars.
Learn more about how to eat clean but also delicious foods from the National Institutes on Health.