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Grabbing carry-out can feel like a lifesaver after a hectic day of work and family life. It’s even more of a break when eating out means being waited on at a full-service restaurant.
The good news is that you don’t have to invite guilt along to your dinner out, even if you’re trying to keep to a heart healthy diet.
"Heart healthy" means you’re sticking to a calorie level that helps keep you at a healthy weight. It also limits sodium, unhealthy fats, added sugars and alcohol. Unhealthy fats include saturated fats (in whole dairy, fatty cuts of meat, butter and fried foods) and trans fats (found in some cookies, chips and other packaged goods).
Many restaurants offer huge portions and numerous salt- and fat-laden dishes. Some restaurant items exceed the 2,300 milligram sodium limit recommended for a whole day.
Try these tips for healthy, enjoyable and regret-free dining out:
Ask for a doggie bag
Good choices and trade-offs
It’s not just about what you avoid eating…
Get more healthy eating tips and Healthy Driven recipes.
5 super foods for your heart
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