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7 Best Ways to Order Out

1. Stay safe with 500 calorie meals:

  • Calories are simply a way to measure how much energy we get from foods or drinks and how much energy we use up through being active.
  • If you are hungry for lunch, a 500 calorie meal fits into most people's diets.
  • What does a 500 calorie meal look like? Check out these meal options
  • Have a few fast food favorites tucked up your sleeve. Search this database to understand the nutrition behind the meals you love. 
  • Picture healthier versions of the most commonly ordered meals

2. Search the calories in your favorite restaurants' dish by using their . . .

  • Website
  • Menu
  • Smartphone Applications
  • QR Code - A Quick Response (QR) Code is a “barcode” with a web address with nutrition information encoded in it, which can be read by a scanner on smartphones. Some restaurants put QR Codes on their menus; scan it to find the nutrition facts. The picture on the right is an example the QR symbol.

3. Eat For Energy

  • A double cheeseburger, large fry and a medium soda will energize you for:
  • 3 hours of walking.
  • 4 hours on a bicycle.
  • More than 1 and 1/2 hours of jogging.
  • 2 hours of hard half-court basketball or almost 3 and 1/2 hours of shooting for fun.

Figure out what and how much to eat and move at Eatracker.


4. NEW: Eat healthier, tastier menu options!

  • These days, restaurants cook up healthier dishes with more flavor than the unhealthy choices. Some restaurants added 500 calorie or below meals. Take a bite, and you'll never turn back!


5. See the calories to believe them.

  • Even though it would be easier to forget about what’s in the mozzarella sticks, seeing a days-worth of calories (about 2000 of them) in one order might help you to pick something else.
  • Soon, foods will be labeled with calories on restaurant menus!

6. The more food in front of you, the more you eat . . .

  • A good idea is to split your meal with a friend, or bring leftovers home for another meal.
  • Here are some suggestions for ordering smaller meals at a restaurant. 

Pictures found on Penn State Cooperative Extension's website

7. Try another place!

  • Is it hard not to order the same-old thing at the same-old place? Skip this challenge by trying new fast food restaurant with healthier choices so you are not tempted to buy the normal.


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