- Avoid bread items such as rolls, breadcrumbs, tortillas, pasta, breading, crusts, etc. Unfortunately, even if something is called “whole-wheat,” it is rare to find items that are ONLY made with 100% whole-wheat (unless the restaurant can confirm the ingredients for you).
- If the waiter/chef doesn’t know (and can’t find out) the ingredients of an item, then they probably don’t make it fresh in house, which means it likely has all sorts of stuff (like sweeteners and preservatives) in it that you don’t want or need.
- If they don’t know where the meat came from, then I can guarantee it is not from anywhere special (like a grass-fed local farm).
- For children, do not order off the kid’s menu! The kid’s menu is almost always processed foods or foods made from processed ingredients (like pasta from white flour, factory made chicken nuggets, corn dogs, french fries, etc.). Instead attempt to put together a plate of adult side items that you think your child would eat (like a baked potato, fruit, vegetable, and nuts or cheese you see offered on a salad).
- Always ask questions when it comes to sauces, and ask for them to be left off when appropriate. It seems as though everything (including lots of sugar) can be hidden in the most surprising places when it comes to sauces, dressings and marinades.
- If time allows do some research and look at menus in advance to help you make the best restaurant selection and menu choices.
In North Texas:
Spiral Diner & Bakery, Ft. Worth and Oak Cliff
Company Cafe, Lower Greenville
Seasons 52, Dallas and Plano
Have any restaurants you recommend for healthy dining? I'll add them to the list!