5 Tips to Eat Out Healthy for Father’s Day

By Dana Shultz for Diets In Review

If your dad isn’t the staying-in type, take him out for a healthy Father’s Day feast this weekend. There are plenty of options to explore at restaurants, even if they don’t tout an overly healthy menu. And if you and your pops can agree on a healthy place to dine at, all the better!

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If your dad’s the type that prefers a steakhouse, there are usually ways of getting around eating something terrible for you even in less-than desirable settings. In fact, the only time I’ve not been able to find something healthy on a menu was at a fried catfish joint in Texas. I searched and searched for something that wasn’t battered and cooked in oil or doused in a fatty sauce, but came up bare. So I eventually asked the server, “Is there anything on this menu that isn’t fried?” She looked at me with a quizzical stare, said ‘no’ and walked away.A dry side salad and a bun-less burger it was.

Sometimes, you just have to bite the bullet and eat the “fill-in-the-blank.” But hopefully, most other occasions present you with some flexibility. For those more forgiving times, here are our top five tips on how to eat out healthily this Father’s Day, starting with perhaps the most simplest rule of all: meal splitting.

Split a plate. If you can’t find something truly healthy on the menu, split a dish with a fellow diner. I did this with my mom this week at Old Chicago – we split the baked mac and cheese and each got a side salad. It wasn’t the healthiest dinner we could’ve gotten, but eating half of it instead of the entire dish was the far healthier choice.

Ask for dressings on the side. This is a plain and simple rule that can save you tons of calories. Whether it’s butter, dressing, syrup or a sweet sauce, ask your server to put it on the side so you can control how much you’re putting on your plate, and ultimately your waistline.

Don’t drink your calories. Margaritas, mixed drinks and sodas can rack up hundreds if not thousands of calories in one sitting. So stick to water or iced tea to ensure you’re keeping your daily allotment in check.

Forgo dessert. Desserts at restaurants rarely have fewer than 1,000 to 2,000 calories each, which can send your daily calorie count through the roof.Instead, wait until you get home to have a glass of wine or some dark chocolate. Enjoying a small, rich indulgence is far better than eating your day’s worth of calories in a single dessert.

Get a doggy bag. Simple concept, big calorie savings. If you split your dish in half right when it’s put in front of you, chances are it’s all you’ll really need to get full. Ask your server for a to-go box so you can take the rest home to eat later.

With these healthy eating tips in mind, go forth and enjoy a healthy Father’s Day meal this weekend – healthy menu or not.


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Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey4 years ago

Thanks for sharing and letting me remember the loving care my father gave me.

Ted G.
Ted G.5 years ago

I believe Father’s Day is also an opportunity to review just what being a father means to you and how you can become a better father to your children.

I imagine there is so much time, frustration, stress and sacrifice involved in being a parent. Occasions such as Father’s Day allow us to reflect on just how worthwhile it all was. If I had appreciated the efforts of my parents when I was younger, I would probably have been a lot nicer to them and more appreciative of their hard work. Maybe they should have classes in how to be nice to your parents!

I do not have children of my own, but have been blessed with a number of nephews, nieces, young cousins and any number of young people in our extended family. I still recall my great joy the first time I received a Father’s Day card from my nephew.

Also the children of many friends have found a second home at my place. I even have a special toy box for those times when I have young visitors. There was a time when children visiting us would rush straight upstairs and bring down the toy box, promptly emptying the contents on the lounge floor with a great relish.

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LMj Sunshine
James Merit5 years ago

Thank you for info.

LMj Sunshine
James Merit5 years ago

Thank you for info.

Jenna W.
jen b5 years ago

Good tips. Thanks for sharing!

Dale Overall

Father's Day is an Occasion, a Celebration and time to kick back and relax, enjoy oneself and above all avoid stress.

An indulgence be it a steak dinner or whatever is not going to hurt Dad unless he scarfs down an unhealthy fare of fast food or fattening things on a constant basis.

If his usual foods are often unhealthy then by all means keep an eye on what he is eating. Otherwise, it is unnecessary to nanny cam his choices of a Father's Day indulgence including dessert.

Once in awhile we can just get over ourselves and have fun even if the food is not all that healthy. Many men love steak and on Father's Day if he wishes to indulge in a portion of meat that is over the healthy daily limit of a size of a deck of cards, who cares? Unless your Dad is a widower, divorced, living by himself and his daily fare is frozen toxic foods or he goes to the fast food joints endlessly just let Dad pick out what he wants on his day without the hand wringing and the "forego dessert" hoopla. You forego dessert, leave Dad out of it unless he knocks back chocolate cheese cake every night for 365 days.

It would be nice if his choice was organic, not factory farm (be it veggies or meat) covered in toxins but let Dad pick his meal...enjoy! And breathe!

Joe R.
Joe R5 years ago

Great tips.

Kelly Rogers5 years ago

Will remember for next year, ty

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V5 years ago

Thank you

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.