Along with exercise and a good night’s sleep, your commitment to a well-balanced diet is one of the most important things you can do to ensure a healthy heart. It’s important to continue this commitment even when dining out at restaurants. With the right knowledge, you can enjoy a heart-healthy meal while dining out. Dr. Melinda Holloran, lead clinical dietician at Shawnee Mission Health, shares her tips:
- Try new types of grains and vegetable dishes when eating out.
- Experiment with new cuisines that offer a variety of foods you have never tried, especially those from the Mediterranean or Asian regions.
- Avoid restaurants that don’t offer a variety of fruits, vegetables and other foods.
- If you don’t have a choice while dining out, remember that moderation and portion size are keys to keeping “bad fats” from overtaking your diet.
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