Most of us grab haphazard meals more often than usual during December. "But you can eat out and still eat healthy," says Steven Aldana, PhD, author of the Stop & Go Fast Food Nutrition Guide (Maple Mountain, 2007). Follow his lead for preserving nutritional quality.

  • Choose foods that include vegetables, like a sandwich or a stir-fried dish.
  • Buy a meal and share it; many restaurant servings easily feed two.
  • Drink water instead of soda.
  • Try the kids' menu. Most kids' servings are enough for adults.