It's not where you eat,
it's what you eat!
From Bob Greene, the bestselling author of Get With the Program!, comes a handy portable guide to dining out. With healthy choices from more than 75 fast food and family restaurants, including Applebee's, The Olive Garden, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald's, Burger King, Domino's Pizza, Subway, Dairy Queen, and Taco Bell, now you can feel confident about staying on the Program when dining out with friends or family.
There are no confusing nutritional charts or graphs -- just simple, honest advice for those of us who enjoy dining out. Each restaurant listing offers Bob's Top Picks for healthy and delicious options, as well as a list of menu items that are not on the Program. With tips on portion control, beverage choices, and balancing fat, carbohydrates, and protein, this is an indispensable book for anyone who dines out once a year or once a week.
Whether you're on the Program or just getting started, you will turn to The Get With the Program! Guide to Fast Food and Family Restaurants to make smart choices when dining out.
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Simon & Schuster
December 31, 2003
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Excerpt from The Get With The Program! Guide to Fast Food and Family Restaurants by Bob Greene
I've always loved eating in restaurants: I take great pleasure in the artful cooking (and sometimes even the not-so-artful cooking) of others. But to be honest, in recent years I've eaten out more than I'd really like to. Because I travel so much, dining out is often more a matter of necessity than of choice, making me feel somewhat like a prisoner of someone else's menu. There's no doubt that it's harder to eat healthfully at restaurants than at home; you have less control over the choices available and how food is prepared, and it's harder to tell if what you think you're eating is what you're really eating -- and harder to put the brakes on temptation.
But, if you approach dining out with the same amount of knowledge and commitment you bring to eating at home, there's no reason you can't eat out and stay on the program, whether you go to restaurants once, twice, thrice, or many more times a week.
This is even more true today than it was just a short while ago. All the traveling I've done over the past few years has given me the opportunity to sample restaurants in almost every nook and cranny of the country, and I think I can say with some authority that the state of restaurant food is improving. The management of many eateries, from four-star dining rooms to fast-food joints, seems to have heard the cry for more healthful entrees -- and they're delivering. Restaurants, after all, are businesses, and many health-conscious people have dollars to spend. I'm sure that there are some restaurateurs out there who have changed their menus because they have a social conscience (and probably like to eat nutritious food themselves), but, for the most part, the bottom line being the bottom line in business, it's our dollars that are driving the market.
Just a few years ago, healthy restaurant fare wasn't particularly marketable. Some places tried putting a few nutritious options onto their menus but no one bought them. Now, though, people are responding to these healthier choices, partly, I think, because restaurant chefs have learned to make them much more palatable. For example, at the time of this writing, McDonald's had recorded a significant jump in overall sales that analysts attributed to the introduction of a line of salads called Premium Salads. Wendy's and Jack in the Box have also introduced new and improved salads of their own. Many chains are putting considerable energy into getting across the news that fast-food restaurants now offer healthier choices. I know this firsthand because (in the interest of full disclosure) I have even been hired as a consultant to help McDonald's with its healthy lifestyles public awareness campaign.