Healthy Dining Out Just Got Easier

Who doesn’t love to go out to dinner? But if you’re trying to watch your calories or just trying to eat healthy, eating out can be a weighty ordeal. Giant portion sizes, oil-drenched vegetables, and bottomless bread baskets, dining out and healthy eating don’t always go hand-in-hand.

Now there is a handy new online tool created by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) with partial funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). provides you with nutritional information on restaurants that, in many cases, is not available anywhere else. The website is also meant to encourage chefs and cooks all around the country to create healthy meals that emphasize fresh vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.

Here’s how it works: You select either a restaurant or your location and a price range for how much you want to spend on a meal. You then receive a list of participating restaurants and their corresponding menu items that meet certain nutritional criteria. This criteria includes a host of things. For entrees, they must include a lean protein, whole grains or fruits and vegetables, must have 750 calories or less, 25 grams of fat or less and 8 grams or less of this fat can be saturated. The calorie and fat guidelines for appetizers are similar, but smaller. isn’t just an all-inclusive list of the nutritional data in every item on the menu. Rather, it selects dishes for you that are healthy so that you don’t have to think about what to order. The team behind this program consists of very qualified registered dietitians whose life’s passion is encouraging you to eat healthier. Just be aware that since restaurants voluntarily choose to have their dishes analyzed by, a specific restaurant that you want to eat at may not be listed on the website.

If you are committed to choosing  options that are flavorful and healthy when you dine out, then is a great resource for you.

Bon Appetit!

One Response to Healthy Dining Out Just Got Easier

  1. I think this is a great solution for most Americans. I work with Healthy Dining Finder as a communications consultant and their website has helped me tremendously. I am a busy working mom who could have the tendency to eat very poorly because there is either little time or too many lunch meetings.

    Over the last year, Healthy Dining Finder has been putting together a re-design for their website to be much more user-friendly and community oriented. The new site should be up and running by the end of next month, February. Come by and check it out! The blog particularly is sure to peek your interest.

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