5 tips for a healthy meal when eating out

File photo showing a dinner crowd at a food centre in Sengkang.
File photo showing a dinner crowd at a food centre in Sengkang. PHOTO: ST FILE

Eating out is almost second nature to people in Singapore where food options are aplenty. About 60 per cent of Singapore residents eat out at least four times a week, according to the latest National Health Survey. Here are some tips to eat healthily while you are out for a meal.

If you know you will be heading out for dinner, cut back on your calorie intake earlier in the day by eating lighter meals. You can also check a restaurant's menu online - if it has a website - before making a reservation, to see if it offers healthier dishes.

You may be compelled to snack on tit bits and order an appetiser or a drink while waiting for your family or friends to arrive.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 19, 2018, with the headline '5 tips for a healthy meal when eating out'. Print Edition | Subscribe