While dining in a French restaurant, what foods should I choose?

Marisa Moore
Nutrition & Dietetics
Mentioning French food usually conjures up thoughts of high fat sauces, rich desserts and lots of butter! However, there are many healthy options at French restaurants. 

Try these tips:
  • Start with a fresh vegetable salad with a vinaigrette dressing or steamed mussels instead of calorie- rich French onion soup as an appetizer.
  • Skip the croissants and opt for whole grain bread if it’s available or you could skip the bread altogether.
  • Opt for Bordelaise or wine-based sauces instead of high fat Hollandaise, Mornay, Béchamel or Béarnaise ones. 
  • Choose steamed or roasted vegetables versus “au gratin” dishes.
  • Choose roasted or grilled meats, poultry and fish instead of higher fat choices like pate, duck or sausage.
  • For dessert, enjoy fresh fruit poached in wine.

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