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Eating well when eating out

Eating out is a great way to relax with friends and indulge yourself a little. And it’s good to know that, by choosing carefully, your meal can help with weight management, a benefit for many people with osteoarthritis.

If you eat out regularly, it’s worth knowing how to spot a healthy choice on the menu and how to avoid high-fat meals. Here are some simple tips:

Choose Avoid
Salad or extra vegetables Chips and go easy on the bread
Lean meat, skinless chicken or seafood Large serves of pasta and rice dishes
Steamed, pan fried, braised, baked, roasted or grilled choices Fried, battered and crumbed choices
Pasta with tomato-based sauces Creamy or cheesy sauces

Take-away meals can also be healthy, for example:

  • Wraps, kebabs and even plain hamburgers
  • Smaller meal portions with extra vegetables and salad
  • Small, thin crust pizzas topped with vegetables, lean meat or seafood 
  • Skin-free chicken
  • Wholegrain sandwiches with lean meat and salad
  • Sushi or Vietnamese rolls.

For an Asian dining out experience in the comfort of your own home, how about trying this healthy and delicious Beef Stir Fry with Cashews recipe