Does your favorite dinner out lead to three baskets of chips and cheese at Mexican restaurant or all-you-can-eat pasta at the neighborhood Italian place? Healthy eating does not mean giving up your favorite ethnic restaurants, it simply means making better choices.
To discover the flavor and texture of a taco salad, ask for dressing or topping on the side. Dip your fork in the dressing then get a big bite of taco salad. If its served in a huge taco as bowl, you are not required to eat the bowl.
When choosing Italian, consider the antipasto platter plus a small serving of pasta. The antipasto choices fill you up so that you are not loading pasta and packing on carbs.
As delicious as sushi is, keep in mind that its wrapped in white rice. An alternative is to request cucumber wrap or choose a sushi style that is less rice-dense.
Meeting friends at a bakery cafe? Order coffee or tea and a blueberry or whole wheat bagel. Use cream cheese on the side sparingly and enjoy the bagel taste.
For more great ideas on how to eat ethnic, check out these "expert tips for health eating".