by Sally Wadyka in Food News & Trends, June 11, 2016
by Toby Amidor in Dining Out, April 1, 2015
You’re probably already aware that eating off extra-large plates can translate into consuming extra-large portions and that watching TV during a meal may distract you enough to make you overeat. The latest research on restaurant ambience examined how bright versus dim lighting affected diners’ food choices.
The study had several different prongs. The first involved a survey of 160 patrons at casual chain restaurants. Those sitting in brightly lit rooms were 16 to 24 percent more likely to order healthy foods (such as grilled fish or chicken and vegetables), while those in rooms where the lights were dimmer were more likely to order unhealthy items (like fried food or dessert). Plus, those eating in darker dining rooms ordered 39 percent more calories. Read more
by Dana Angelo White in Dining Out, March 20, 2012
By Toby Amidor, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.
If you’re trying to eat healthy when dining out, you may be ordering deceptively unhealthy dishes. Next time you head to one of these chains, avoid being fooled by five top menu items. Read more
by Robin Miller in Uncategorized, October 25, 2011
- How much does free bread cost your diet?
Going out to eat almost always means bigger portions and more calories, but those meals may also contain hundreds of unwanted extras from “free” items that find their way to your plate. Here are 8 pitfalls to avoid.
We all know to watch out for the bread basket but it’s often hard to resist. It might help to know that each roll or slice averages 100 calories; then add another 120 for every tablespoon of olive oil. Butter only has 100 calories per tablespoon but is also higher in unhealthy fat.
by Toby Amidor in Dining Out, October 20, 2010
I’m sure you think I cook dinner every night but, the truth is, I eat out with my boys a decent amount. Sometimes it’s because we head straight from school to soccer to chess and there’s no time to run home. Other times, when I’ve been testing recipes and cooking all day, I just want someone else to serve the food. Plus, I love games and we always play something while we wait for the meal: Scrabble, Blink, Spot It, Uno, hangman, tic-tac-toe or word search. This week, I’m traveling with my buddies and we made up a game – we created tee pees with our silverware while waiting for breakfast!
Food-wise, my kids love everything but eating out with picky eaters can be daunting. My boys didn’t start out with open minds and palates, but I used a few tricks to get them started and here they are:
- 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 »