If you’re going out to eat but you want to eat healthy we have some advice. The good news is that many restaurants are adding healthier menu options so it’s possible to get a fairly nutritious meal away from home. Making good choices when eating out will help you maintain a healthy diet. Here are tips for when you eat out:
Check out the menu online before you go. This will give you time to look over the options and select a meal without distractions. Once you pick something, stick to it. Don’t let yourself be influenced by other people or other cues like the smell of other food.
Watch what you drink. Many beverages contain a large number of calories. Order water or unsweetened iced tea. If you must have soda, make it diet. Also, make shakes and other ice-cream drinks an occasional treat.
Keep portion sizes small. Choose the smallest size, order half a sandwich or eat only half and take the rest to go. Taking half home can save you from having to buy or bring lunch to work the next day.
Choose a healthier side dish. Instead of French fries, choose a side salad with low-fat dressing, veggies, a baked potato or add a fruit bowl. Other healthier choices include apple slices, corn on the cob, steamed rice, vegetable soup or baked potato chips.
Stay away from the pre-meal food. Bread and butter or chips and salsa aren’t anything out of the ordinary. So why waste calories on these items?? Skip the bread and chips and spend the calories on your meal.
Smart choices. Select grilled or roasted lean meats — such as turkey, chicken breast, lean ham or lean roast beef. Also choose items that are steamed, fresh, broiled or poached.
Just say no. Avoid fried, breaded, crispy, au-gratin foods and dishes with “cream” in the title.
Have it your way. Don’t settle for what comes with your sandwich or meal. Ask for healthier options and substitutions.
When it comes to eating out we often throw caution to the wind and do not like to give up our favorites or make changes. If this is the case, be selective about where on your plate you indulge. If you really like the mashed potatoes with the creamy gravy, think about selecting a healthier lean meat like fish or chicken. Think of it as indulging in moderation. And if you know you are going out to eat for one of your meals, try to create some balance and make your other meals as healthy as possible.