Types of Food
It is easy to choose healthy options when eating out.
Most restaurants, including fast food, casual and fine dining, make it easy for
Patrons to eat out without sacrificing a healthy diet.
Characteristic 1: not known for healthy choices but they are on the menu; light or low-calorie choices
Example 1: plain burgers – no cheese; side salad rather than fries
Characteristic 2: There are options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Example 2: McDonald’s has Egg White Delite, oatmeal, salads, grilled chicken
Characteristic 3: Menus list calorie counts and other nutritional information
Example 3: McDonald’s, Panera
Characteristic 1: more variety, wider menu, allow substitutions for healthier options
Example 1: choice of sides – baked potato instead of French fries; salad rather than
Characteristic 2: look up nutritional information online if it’s not listed on the menu; other indicators
for healthy options.
Example 2: Long Horn Steak House lists calorie counts on menu and notes healthy
options with special characters
Characteristic 3: many restaurants have separate healthy-option menus
Example 3: Cheesecake Factory has a “Skinnylicious” menu, Denny’s has a “Fit Fare”
menu, and Red Lobster has a “Lighthouse” menu.
Characteristic 1: Smaller portions but richer foods/sauces; more courses
Example 1: Less likely to overeat; smaller portions give patrons a taste of many foods;
more portion control
Characteristic 2: No nutritional info available; patrons need some knowledge of nutrition – calories/fat
in foods - to stick to diet.
Example 2: Better quality food, typically organic and non-GMO. This makes the food at
fine dining restaurants better for you than similar options at casual restaurants.
Characteristic 3: A la carte menus let patrons choose their own main course and sides....