When you eat at home control the ingredients of your meals. Even if you eat a meal that mostly comes from a box, can, or bag, you can read the nutritional information to guide your decision. When you are at a restaurant you have to guess more about nutrition.
The Rotary Club of Santa Monica, created a Web site called Helpguide.org to "empower you and your loved ones to understand, prevent, and resolve health challenges." Their Web entry, Healthy Fast Food: Healthy Restaurant Eating offers some sound advice for making better choices when dinning out.
It is disappointing to see tartar sauce and guacamole on their list of least healthy fast food choices. Fortunately, low fat deli sandwiches and tortilla wraps can be quite healthy and satisfying.
We were surprised that potatoes made the healthy list. Perhaps they were assuming that everyone eats the skin. If you eat a baked potato, be sure to compensate for the carbohydrates.
There are always healthy options with salads. Just watch out for the hidden calories in the dressings, croutons, and other tempting garnishes.
Remember that it is not just about the foods you do or don't eat. It's about the importance of portion control and the benefits of eating healthy foods. Responsible meals, at home or in restaurants, will help you avoid post-meal blood sugar peaks, and provide vital nutrients to your body.