Eat Healthy When Eating Out
By Sara Butler
Restaurants are full of healthy eating landmines. This is for a few reasons, chief among them portion sizes and ingredients used. Still, going out to eat with family and friends is a fun and social experience – it’s not something you should have to completely eliminate from your life in order to stay healthy. It is possible to eat out and stay healthy – you just need to know where to start. Here are a few helpful tips to keep you on the road to good health and wellness while still enjoying going out with friends and family.
Have a Game Plan
Many restaurants have menus available online. Go to their website and check out what they have to offer. That can help you decide what restaurant to go to and what to order once you do get there. Pre-planning your meal helps you to avoid temptation. Just don’t assume that a salad is always going to be the best and healthiest choice. They can be loaded with sugar, fat, and calories – which is why it pays to decide what you’re having before you arrive.
Choose Eateries with Low-Calorie Menus
Many restaurants offer choices that are low in calories – they may even have an entire section of their menu dedicated to it! You don’t need to focus on low-fat or low-calorie foods, but foods that aren’t deep fried and also don’t have a lot of added fat or sugar. Plus, the fact that these restaurants are paying attention to the health of their offerings is a positive thing, making them likelier to have truly healthy options.
Ask for a Table Away from the Kitchens
You may be able to pass up temptation when it’s on a menu, but seeing it plated beautifully and smelling good can make it even more difficult to resist. Try to skip this issue by asking for a seat away from the kitchen if you happen to get seated close by.
Start with Salad
Starting your meal off with a fresh salad is a good idea. But there are a few rules to live by when it comes to dinner salads. Don’t choose a creamy dressing because they’re often loaded with fat and sugar (and calories!). Vinaigrette is always a good choice. Try to skip the cheese and croutons too.
Studies have shown that people who eat salads before a meal are likely to eat fewer calories overall than people who didn’t.
It is possible to have fun and still stay healthy, you just need to arm yourself with the right information and be aware!
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