Originally Answered: What healthy thing eat when out at a restaurant besides a boring salad?
Well it can depend on the place. Even though it overall is healthier for you then a burger and fries, at some restaurants, a salad can have over six or seven hundred calories, so beware. It us usually best to ask the restaurant if there is a nutrition value chart for their menu, or go online ahead of time. Im pretty sure it became a law (I'm not sure if its national or only in certain states) that is requiring nutrition info to be availiable at all resturants. Also, although they likely wont be able to give you nutrition values, if you eat at a locally owned restaurant, they are less likely to pump their foods with not so good for you although good tasting chemicals and such, so if you order a grilled grilled chicken sandwhich, your getting a grilled chicken sandwich, with the nutrition values you'd expect from a grilled chicken sandwich.
When looking healthier menu items at restaurants, remember a few things. Avoid any fried foods. Make sure your meal includes some sort of fruit and or vegtable. Avoid any cream sauces. Try to balance out all food groups and dont eat to much of one thing. If possible try to get breads or pastas that are whole grain or whole wheat. Just the basic things that you would think of if you were trying to eat healthy at home.
Another thing to remeber is portions. If you have have half of a half pound burger, with steamed veggies instead of fries, you can get the satisfaction of the burger without, really eating enough food that it becomes bad for you. I mean, a burger is grilled beef and a bun (which really is the low point of a burger, unless like its wheat or something, along with condements) and some vegtables on top, nothing to bad about that. Also remeber eat until your full, and eat at a slower pace. If you are full half way through your pasta stop eating and take it home, because restaurant potions are usually large anyway.
So I know this is way more then you wanted, and I still havent really given you the short, sweet and to the point answer you wanted, but somethimes quality involves quantity. So if you want certain things here you go:
-A grilled chicken breast with steamed vegtables.
-Half of a hamburger (or veggie burger, if the restauant carries them), no condiments, with applesause or veggies instead of fries, and if you really want to be good, no, or only one side (top or bottom) of the bu
-Some sort of pasta dish with pasta, with maybe a little bit of some sort of oil, roasted veggies, and a sprinkling of cheese (the restaurants variation something like this),
-Grilled or steamed fish with veggies etc
So with these suggestions, and what I said to remeber, I hope I helped you find a way to eat more fun and less bland food then salads sometimes, when you have to go out. :)