1. Plan ahead.
This applies to both where you’re eating and what you’re ordering. Have a list of go-to restaurants where you know the menu well so you don’t have to spend a ton of time deciding what to choose.
Have your family create a list of several places everyone likes and use that as a rotating list of places to go in a pinch.
You can even add a new place you want to try once in a while.
Many restaurants have their menus posted online so you can determine if it’s the right choice for you before you head out.
2. Read the menu carefully.
Either online or in the restaurant, take your time when reviewing menu options.
Be selective with what you’re ordering and consider balancing your meal – if you choose a heavier entrée, select a side of steamed vegetables.
If you know you’re having dessert, choose grilled or broiled chicken or fish with a salad for your entrée and appetizer.
If you’re truly craving something, order it and savor it while you relish not having to do the dishes after dinner.
3. Don’t hesitate to make special requests.
Restaurants are often very flexible with their menus, even with methods of preparation.
Ask if that sandwich you’re interested in can be made with grilled instead of fried chicken.
Skip the bacon or mayonnaise on the sandwich and choose a baked potato or salad as a side.
Requesting sauces and dressings be served on the side is an easy way to make sure the food is seasoned to your particular taste.