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Healthy Habit: Get Fishy When Dining Out

Eating dinner out does not have to be a diet debacle. Nutritionist Alexa Fishback, author of The Daily Fix, believes dining out is an opportunity to eat fish without making your own kitchen smell fishy. Sounds reasonable right? Stay tuned for more tips from Alexa, and be sure to enter our Get Fit For 2009 giveaway for a chance to win a personalized nutrition plan created by Ms. Fishback, along with many other amazing goodies.

Now here's what she has to say on using dining out as an opportunity to eat fish:
The latest recommendation is for all women to enjoy at least 12 ounces, or 2-3 servings, of fish per week. The only caveat is that women of childbearing age avoid shark, swordfish, tilefish, and king mackerel as these large fish contain the highest levels of mercury. Otherwise — the beneficial qualities reaped from eating fish far outweigh mercury risks. It is a main source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Some of us are weary about preparing fish in our homes, so to see some good options to order when you eat out, just


  • At a steak house, forgo the meat and go for the nice selection of grilled or broiled fish or lobster.
  • Try sushi. Go for one roll and several pieces of sushi or sashimi.
  • At a French bistro, try a white fish, filleted and covered with lemon juice — it is delicious. Or, order the mussels in white wine or tomato sauce.
  • At Italian, go for the warm seafood salad — trust me, it is as tasty as any of the pasta dishes with less calories and more nutrition.

For more tips, check out all of Alexa’s Healthy Habits or pick up her book, The Daily Fix.


Join The Conversation
almostloli almostloli 8 years
i love fish. and yes, go for sushi. be careful of the rice though
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't love fish, so I get mine in the form of fish oil capsules usually. When we eat out, I usually opt for shrimp or other seafood...sometimes, I'll get salmon if they offer it grilled. But yeah, I'm not a huge fish fan.
alliep627 alliep627 8 years
I am bummed about not being able to eat fish almost every day anymore. I simply can't afford to eat as healthy as I used to and that sucks. Yes, I can go to the Walmart and find bags of salmon or orange roughy...but all that crap is farm raised and full of antibiotics. What's a healthy girl to do?
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
Is it just me or is that photo really unapatising.
GotMercury GotMercury 8 years
People should be worried about mercury ingestion from fish and can estimate exposure by entering their weight, fish choice and serving size into the new calculator for cell phone browsers. It’s based on current U. S. EPA and FDA guidelines, weak as they are. Learn more about mercury-laden fish at or
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I love fish, and I don't care about the odor. :raspberry: Girlygirl-I do the parchment fish at home all the time! It's really easy and not especially messy either. With the exception of steak houses, if we go to a nice-ish restaurant, I'm ordering the fish.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Mmm, I love fish. I always make salmon and scallops at home, but I like to try other kinds when I eat out. I never really noticed much of an odor.
Anne26 Anne26 8 years
I know this sounds bad but I can only eat breaded fish sticks. That is the only type of fish I will eat. Other than that I take fish oil or cod liver oil. My best friend, he loves fish but I don't.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
girlygirl10 girlygirl10 8 years
I ordered poached fish once, only to have it arrive on the table drowning in cream sauce! Favorite low fat and low stink cooking method, cooking fish topped with fresh ginger and lemon rounds in parchment paper .
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I'm ticky about eating fish out. I'm yet to find a place to cook fish well enough for me to eat it. But I love sushi, so that's how I get my fish fix when eating out. I love to cook fish at home. I mostly use catfish though cause it's more affordable here.
teegaall teegaall 8 years
After last night, I've vowed not to cook fish in my kitchen ever again. I always have to deal with the fishy odor after I cook and I am tired of it!
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