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Don't Order This at a Restaurant

By Sara Butler

If you’re being honest, how often do you do your due diligence before eating out at a restaurant? Probably not as much as you should. It can be difficult to go somewhere on the fly and know what you should and shouldn’t order off the menu if you’re working to stay healthy and make good choices. If you don’t have time to research, there are a few items that you should probably forget about when eating out and here are just a few.

Soda

Soda or any drink offering a free refill aside from unsweetened tea, water, and coffee, should not be on your list of things to order. Fruit juice or soda can have up to 150 calories per serving, which can add up quick. Not to mention all the sugar involved. It’s best to avoid these drinks altogether.

If you think diet soda is a good option, you may want to think again. The artificial sweeteners in diet soda can still impact your blood sugar, so they should be avoided too.

Bread and Olive Oil

At first glance, this might seem like a healthy choice. After all, olive oil is really good for you. It’s full of healthy fats and antioxidants, plus it has anti-inflammatory properties. The problem when you’re eating out is calories. Just two tablespoons of olive oil can have about 250 calories. Think about how much you soak up while you’re munching down on bread.

Value Meals

Value meals denote, well, value. But if you value your health, then you may want to give them a pass. That’s because they usually come with much larger serving sizes than you anticipate, turning your quick lunch into a meal with enough calories to last an entire day.

Smoothies

This may be a health food in disguise! That’s because smoothies, while they can be healthy, can also be full of sugar and other things you may not anticipate. A green smoothie made from only fruits and vegetables is good for you, but a green smoothie can also have a lot of fat and sugar. If you want a smoothie, make your own at home.

Take it With You

Restaurant portions are huge, so take half home with you in a doggie bag to enjoy later! It's not a bad idea to ask for a box when your meal arrives at the table, then put half of your meal away.

Going out to eat is a social activity and you don't have to avoid it. Just use simple suggestions to make it healthier. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Los Angeles, Calif.

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