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“Heart-healthy” doesn’t have to mean “home-cooked only.” September is Cholesterol Education Month, bringing awareness to healthy lifestyle choices that help keep your cholesterol levels in check. The good news: watching your cholesterol does not mean giving up delicious dining options!
Keep in mind that you should consult your doctor when starting a new diet or making changes to your regular dining habits as the following is not meant to substitute a professional’s advice.
Food with high levels of fat and calories are normally described as served as fried, au gratin, crisped, scalloped, pan fried, sautéed, buttered, creamed or stuffed. Look for meal descriptions that are steamed, broiled, baked, grilled, poached or roasted foods.
If the menu doesn’t describe how the meal is prepared or what ingredients are included, make sure you ask your server.
Explore entrees that feature lean meats, chicken or seafood, avoiding fatty meats. If you do order meat, take the extra step to remove all visible fat, or ask the chef to remove the skin from the chicken.
Many restaurants offer healthy options within their menu, or ask the server what the healthiest options are.
Eat healthy and save!
Dining Days is back! AARP Member Advantages is highlighting dining deals throughout September, to reacquaint AARP members with delicious discounts available year-round!
Check out top menu picks from the Member Advantages Insider:
Denny’s - Fit Fare Loaded Veggie Omelettes
Denny’s Fit Fare Loaded Veggie Omelettes – is all that and more! Enjoy an egg white omelette with fresh spinach, mushrooms, sautéed zucchini and squash, diced tomatoes and melted Swiss cheese. Served with seasonal fruit and an English Muffin – gluten free when ordered with a gluten-free English muffin. At only 550 calories and over 20 grams of protein, it’s a fresh and flavorful option that will keep you full and satisfied.
Bonefish Grill – Rainbow Trout
Enjoy this Idaho Trout, delicate in flavor with a tender, flaky texture. The fillet is cooked to perfection over a wood-burning grill that gives the smoky signature Bonefish Grill flavor. With 57 grams of protein, less than 500 calories and zero grams of trans fat, the dish makes a deliciously filling dinner that is health-conscious, too! Pair it alongside two fresh sides such as steamed asparagus or seasonal veggies; making a nourishing dinner that is sensible too!
Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Tuscan Strawberry Salad with Wood-Grilled Salmon
This vibrant salad features grilled salmon served over mixed greens, fresh strawberries, toasted pine nuts, red onion, tomatoes, and crumbled Gorgonzola in succulent strawberry vinaigrette. If that didn’t sound mouth-watering enough, it’s found on the ‘Under 600-Calorie’ menu if that sweetens the deal!
Outback Steakhouse – Center-Cut Sirloin (6 oz.)
While dining at Outback, indulging in a steak might be hard to avoid. Opt for Outback’s center cut sirloin (6 oz.), one of the leanest cuts of meat but still hearty and full of flavor. Order “plain” and ask for seasoning to be placed on the side when you get proteins and veggies, that way you’re in control of sodium content for your meal.
Enjoy all these dishes with our dining providers and more, during September and throughout the year. Learn more about Dining Days deals with AARP Member Advantages here.
These articles present general information and are for informational purposes only. They are not a substitute for legal, financial, medical, or other professional advice.