Eating at restaurants might be getting healthier, but it’s still not a great diet plan. So to help us all make better decisions when we’re eating out, the Upshot blog from the New York Times put together a few recommendations focused on helping diners eat meals that top out at 750 calories.
For starters, you should seek out healthier options to begin with. If you’re going to go the chain route, look for salad places like Chop’t, vegetarian options like Maoz Vegetarian or places that practice good portion control like Pret A Manger. Speaking of portion control, if a restaurant won’t do it for you, do it yourself: Get comfortable splitting entrees or taking parts of meals home (even by putting them aside as soon as you get them). If you don’t have that kind of willpower, just forgo entrees altogether. Many of today’s appetizers are similar in size to the entrees of yore.
Regardless of where you choose to eat, they also recommend going with items that are big in flavor but low in calories. A good example: Mustard provides more zip and fewer calories than mayonnaise.