How can I eat healthy at ethnic restaurants if I want to lose weight?

Dr. Andrea Pennington, MD
Integrative Medicine
In an Italian restaurant, ask for oil and vinegar on the side to dress your own salad. Order pasta with red sauce, such as marinara instead of creamy white or butter sauces like Alfredo. Choose chicken or fish dishes instead of sausage dishes. In a Chinese restaurant choose steamed brown rice instead of fried rice, steamed dumplings instead of fried, and vegetarian entrées that include a number of different vegetables. In a Japanese restaurant pass up tempura in any form because fried food should be avoided. In a Mexican restaurant choose salsa instead of guacamole, sour cream or cheese dips. Choose dishes made with plain, soft tortillas that aren't fried, such as burritos, soft tacos and enchiladas. Have black bean soup as a first course.

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