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Order This, Not That: Mall Foods

by in Dining Out, November 26, 2011

mall food court
‘Tis the season for holiday shopping but don’t let a hectic trip to the mall lead to a Santa-like physique. Use our tips for more figure-friendly shopping snacks.

Order: Fresh and Light
When it comes to tackling the food court, most malls offer the usual suspects of the fast food world. Use our guides make the smartest choices at McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Subway and Wendy’s.

A salad with vinaigrette dressing (on the side) or a small cup of soup are usually the most sensible options. Check your local mall’s website ahead of time to see which chain restaurants they feature, then download the nutrition info from the company’s website.

Not: Buttery and Sugary
While the smell of butter-drenched pretzels and over-sized chocolate chip cookies are calling out to you, these classic mall goodies can pack in more than 350 calories each. That pretzel also contains more than 40% of the daily recommended amount of sodium, while the cookie boasts 17 grams of total fat and 8 grams of saturated fat. The show-stopper just might be the ooey-gooey cinnamon bun, coming it a holiday-wrecking 880 calories and 36 grams of fat each!

Think sipping on a smoothie or festive coffee drink is better? Think again. A medium-sized smoothie or whipped cream-topped gingerbread latte will also pack in more than 300 sugar-filled calories.

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Food News: McDonald’s Makes Changes to the Happy Meal

by in Dining Out, Food News, July 28, 2011
mcdonalds french fries
McDonald's is giving kids apples with their fries. Think it'll make a difference?

Are McDonald’s Happy Meals getting healthier? The fast food chain is making changes to the items in its kids’ meal as part of a long-term menu evolution. The company hopes to improve nutrition choices and awareness—starting with the new Happy Meal. Read more

What To Order: The 5 Healthiest Restaurant Chicken Dinners

by in Dining Out, June 27, 2011

restaurant menu

This new series focuses on finding the healthiest options when dining out. We’re starting out with one of the most popular items on the menu—chicken. Here are our top 5 picks.

Olive Garden: Venetian Apricot Chicken
Nutrition Info:
380 calories; 4 grams fat; 1.5 grams saturated fat; 1420 milligrams sodium; 8 grams fiber
This entrée consists of grilled chicken breasts in an apricot citrus sauce. It’s served with broccoli, asparagus and diced tomatoes. The calories and fat are well controlled while the veggies add a healthy dose of fiber. Our research revealed that almost all restaurant choices contained over 50 percent of the recommended daily amount of sodium. This entrée was no exception. Read more

Top 5 Label Tricks and How To Avoid Them

by in Dining Out, Food News, Healthy Tips, June 15, 2011
Sports Drinks Vs. Soda
Smoothies are better than milkshakes, right? Well, not always -- read on to learn about this and 4 more food naming tricks.

Food labels are carefully worded to entice shoppers to choose certain items. A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found dieters often fall for simple labeling tricks that make them believe certain foods are healthier than they are. Find out the top 5 traps people fell into and how to avoid them.

How to beat top food label tricks »

Taste Test: Fast Food Oatmeal

by in Dining Out, Taste Test, April 5, 2011

oatmeal

Oatmeal is the latest healthy food to hit fast food joints around the nation. But how healthy (and tasty) are these fast food versions? We tested some of the most popular offerings to see how they stacked up.

See which oatmeals beat out the competition »

Healthy Eating for Holiday Shopping

by in Dining Out, Healthy Holidays, December 8, 2010

holiday shopping

It’s the heart of the holiday shopping season: Malls are flooded, parking lots are jam-packed, and your inbox is overflowing with e-coupons. Whether you’re hitting up the food court or doing your shopping online, keep these tips in mind.

You wouldn’t fall for an overpriced sweater deal, so don’t fall for these food traps while you’re out shopping. Plus, how to keep your appetite at bay while you’re bargain-hunting.

Dos and don’ts for healthy holiday shopping trips »

Restaurant Menu Tricks

by in Dining Out, October 20, 2010
Salmon With Edamame
Healthy restaurant choices are possible with our menu-decoding tips.

Americans eat almost a third of meals away from home, but trying to order healthy choices can get tricky. Calorie counts found in many restaurants can make it easier, but menu booby traps may leave you with more calories than you bargained for.  Luckily, you can walk into a restaurant armed with our smart tips.

Restaurant menu tricks, decoded »

6 Healthiest Ethnic Cuisines

by in Dining Out, Healthy Tips, October 12, 2010
Greek Salad
Greek Salad - Photo by Con Poulos/Food Network Magazine

You might not think of ethnic cuisines as “healthy” foods, but they absolutely can be part of a healthy diet — just skip the fatty, huge,  Americanized versions.  Here are the 6 healthiest international cuisines, plus common pitfalls to avoid.

Find out which 6 cuisines won out »

Big Chains: Order This, Not That

by in Back to School, Dining Out, September 3, 2010


Back to school means a return to hectic days, and while we always want to cook a wholesome meal at home, sometimes there’s only time for a pit-stop at the drive-through. But wait — that doesn’t mean you have to give up on healthy eating!  Learn what to choose (and what to avoid) at popular quick-service spots.

Find Out What to Order At The Fast Food Counter:

Order This, Not That: Dairy Queen

by in Dining Out, August 12, 2010

frozen yogurt

I remember back when DQ only had vanilla and chocolate soft serve, and maybe a few sundaes to choose from. Nowadays the menu is bursting with all kinds of frozen concoctions. We scanned the options for the best (an worst) offerings.

See what to order and what to avoid »