Your life gets hectic. It can be hard to squeeze in work, household chores, and family obligations \u2014 \u00a0let alone cook a healthy meal.\nSometimes, fast food or a meal at your favorite eatery is the easiest course of action.\nThat\u2019s OK \u2014 just because you\u2019re eating out doesn\u2019t mean your food has to be unhealthy. Next time you\u2019re at a restaurant, remember these tips.\nFind a UPMC primary care doctor by visiting the UPMC Primary Care website or by calling 1-855-676-UPMCPCP (8762-727).\nWays to Eat Healthier at Restaurants\n\n\nChoose healthier food options.\n\n\nMany restaurants have healthy food options on the menu. Head straight for that section and avoid anything that\u2019s breaded, fried, crispy, or buttered. Instead of fries as your side dish, choose veggies, fruit, or a salad. If you get a salad, ask that dressing come on the side and use it sparingly.\n\n\nControl your portions.\n\n\nMany restaurants serve giant portions. Save half your meal for lunch the next day. If you don\u2019t trust yourself, ask your server for a to-go container when placing your food order. When your meal arrives at the table, pack up half of it immediately.\n\n\nEat slowly.\n\n\nEating slowly gives your body time to process your meal and lets your brain know when it\u2019s satisfied. Eating slowly lets you enjoy the taste of your food and promotes better digestion.\n\n\nMake dessert a treat, not a routine.\n\n\nWhile the dessert menu is really tempting you, make it once-a-week treat. It will be better for your healthy lifestyle, not to mention your wallet.\nIf you are busy and eat out often, these tips can help you choose a nutritious meal.