In Scotland, we eat out and on the go a lot. This can be convenient and save time, but many of the choices made out of the home are less healthy.
Eatwell Everyday does not include foods and drinks bought on the go or from takeaways, restaurants or cafés. This doesn’t mean that you have to stop eating out, but there are some steps you can take to help you make better choices when you do eat out:
- Check the labels and choose foods and drinks that are lower in calories, fats, sugar – many establishments provide calorie labelling, either in store or online and many ‘ready to go’ items like sandwiches and drinks display front of pack nutrition labelling.
- Remember that large portions look like good value for money, but are often much more than you need.
- Ask restaurants and cafes to use healthier cooking methods, for example baked or grilled rather than fried.
- Ask for dressings or sauces to be served on the side or ask for them to be removed.
- Avoid adding extra salt at the table – it is likely that salt will have already been added, so you won’t need to add any extra.
- If you do over-indulge with a takeaway or a meal out, eating fewer high fat, salt and sugar foods will help you to get the balance right again.