Eating out is convenient and easy for many people, especially if you have a hectic schedule and not enough time to cook. Unfortunately, eating out means not knowing what is actually going your food. This can lead to an overabundance of calories, fat, additives and more. Sometimes it's hard to decipher what's good for you and what isn't on a restaurant menu. Looks can definitely be deceiving in many cases when reading a menu. In addition, you never know what you are getting in terms of food quality. It's important to fuel your body properly so sticking to quality protein, produce, grains and dairy is important. Luckily, many restaurants are offering a healthy menu or healthier versions of old favorites that contain fewer calories, less sodium and fewer fat grams. Here are some healthy options for those less healthy but tasty dishes out there.

1. Buffalo Chicken Wings - Wings covered in blue cheese dressing is pretty yum, but it doesn't do anything for the figure! If you love chicken wings, try baked wings and omit the skin and the hot sauce. Substitute light ranch or blue cheese for the real thing and stick to about 2 Tablespoons total. Save about 50 calories per wing!

2. Tacos - A staple for Mexican cravings, tacos seem to make their way into most people's food repertoires at least once a week. Skip the cheese, greasy tacos found at your local taco joint and head to Chipotle® for fresh, clean Mexican fare. Their food is not only healthier but they pride themselves on serving protein that has been humanely raised and free of antibiotics and hormones as well as produce that is locally grown and free of pesticides. Tacos come in hard corn and soft flour and you can pile them high with fresh salsa, corn and guacamole.

3. The Burger - The all American burger is one of those menu items that can pack a ton of calories but boy do they taste good! It's time to substitute the beef burger for a ground turkey or ground chicken burger. Many restaurants are now adding in healthier options to the burger complete with a whole wheat or whole grain bun. Top it with your favorites such as cheese, pickles, onions and more! Save fat and calories by switching to a leaner meat other than beef.

4. Pizza - This one is tough to tackle. Pizza aficionados are pretty serious about their pizza and the thought of downgrading to a healthier version is almost painful. If you love to order pizza at home, try a Kashi® Pizza. Sometimes these smaller versions of the real thing may not be enough depending on how active you are. Add veggies, a little more cheese and even some fresh pepperoni to make your pizza a bit heartier. If you're heading out and you have to go to a pizzeria for your pizza fix, try adding tons of veggies to your order and stick to chicken, turkey or ham on the pizza instead of sausage. Limit your portion size and add a side salad to fill you up. Pita pizzas are also making some headway in the restaurant scene. Scan your menu for a healthy whole wheat pita used as the crust. Pita pizzas often offer the perfect portion of the real thing that will satiate any appetite.

Margot Rutigliano a freelance writer as well as the owner of Vita Vie Retreat. She has been a fitness trainer, wellness coach and healthy living adviser since 1999. Vita Vie Retreat is a fitness retreat offering healthy lifestyle transformation programs for men and women of all ages and fitness levels. For more information or to contact Ms. Rutigliano, please visit http://www.bvretreat.com.