How often do you and your family eat out at a fast-food restaurant? If you and your family, go to a fast food restaurant just 1 or 2 times per week, that adds up to 52 and 104 times per year! That's a lot of fast food!! Many fast food choices are high in fat and calories. If you only eat fast food or at a sit-down restaurant once in a while, enjoy it, but if you are a "Frequent Fryer," making healthier choices at restaurants can make all the difference to maintain a healthy energy balance . Although not all restaurant meals contain an excessive amount of calories and fat, it is important to consider that their foods can be highly processed, high in fat and low in important nutrients.
Eating with children at restaurants comes with it's own set of challenges, but also provides opportunities to introduce your children to variety of new healthy foods. Try these tips the next time you enjoy dining at a restaurant.