How to Find Healthy Foods on a Restaurant Menu

You can find healthy foods on almost every restaurant menu.

Choosing nutritious foods at most restaurants feels like a daunting task. Especially when menus have mouth-watering descriptions or tempting photos — and you’re hungry. If you don’t dine out too often, you might be able to splurge on foods that taste good but aren’t so good for you. But if you eat in restaurants frequently, you need to know how to find the healthiest foods.

Most restaurants have at least a few healthy options, and these may be noted on the menu. The restaurant may also keep separate menus for diners who follow special diets. For example, you may find low-fat, gluten-free, or low-carb menus to look at. Don’t be afraid to ask your server if you don’t find something healthy and appealing on the main menu.

It is important to examine the selections. Simply being low or free from something doesn’t guarantee the special diet fare is any healthier than the regular menu items.

Here are some tips for finding healthier foods on the menu.

Choose the Right Foods

Start by checking the menu for the healthiest entree items.

The best choices are often:

  • Fish or seafood such as crab, clams or scallops
  • Lean meat, like a filet mignon
  • Poultry, like chicken or turkey
  • Legumes such as beans or lentils
  • Vegetarian Entrees