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How to Eat Healthy at Denny's

By Kevin Rail

Dining out is an enjoyable experience shared among friends, family members and co-workers. When you are trying to eat healthy, it often can be difficult to stay on track when you eat out. Denny's is one of those restaurants that may look intimidating at first glance but can be satisfying and healthy. The keys to eating healthy at Denny's are to ask questions and to know what to look for.

Order a low-fat breakfast. Denny's is known for its famous Grand Slam breakfast that can easily surpass 750 calories. Steer clear of this calorie bomb, and ask for a vegetable omelet made with Egg Beaters and a side of whole wheat toast. Have your eggs prepared without butter, and ask your server to hold the butter on the bread as well. Top your omelet with salsa for a healthy meal for just over 400 calories.

Drink water instead of soda. Not only is soda high in calories, but it also has no nutritional value. Also avoid the chillers and processed fruit drinks. Choose water or iced tea flavored with lemon to spare yourself the calories.

Request baked and broiled foods instead of deep fried dishes. Deep fried foods such as french fries, chicken strips, mozzarella sticks and fried shrimp are high in saturated fat and calories. Pass on the 2,000-plus calorie Smokin' Q Three Pack burger with french fries and instead select a Boca burger or Fit Fare grilled chicken sandwich, each for less than 500 calories. Substitute a side salad or broth-based soup for those fries.

Split your entree in half--either take home the leftovers or share it with your companion. Ask for a to-go box as soon as your meal arrives and divide it into two equal parts. Eat your portion slowly, and do not take another bite until you completely swallowed your last bite. Eating slowly can help prevent you from eating too much.

Ask for your food to be prepared without special sauces and creams. These are often high in sodium, fat and calories. Request that they be left on the side of the plate, and dip your fork in them so you use marginal amounts. A dip will provide enough to give your food flavor without having to drown it with a sauce.

Order a dessert if you have a sweet tooth, but aim for a lower-calorie option. Try a sugar-free cheesecake or chocolate vanilla pudding, both of which are below 300 calories. Just as with your regular meal, share it with your dining companion to keep your calorie count even lower.

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