For those of us who love to eat healthy we know that going to eat at a restaurant can be difficult. This is because healthy eating at a restaurant can be a challenge. However, you can learn how to order healthy food when you are eating out. Discover our tips for eating healthy when eating out and tackle that next menu with ease!
Beverages are one of those items that love to hide calories. Stay away from anything with added sugars. Instead, choose water, sparkling water, fat-free or low-fat milk, black coffee, or unsweetened tea. If you are really hankering for an alcoholic beverage, opt for one small glass of wine—especially red wine because it boasts antioxidant properties.
Restaurants are notorious for having incredibly large portion sizes that are too large for one person to consume in one sitting. However, this gives you several options. Share an entrée with a like minded friend. Ask your waiter to wrap up half of an entrée for you before it gets to the table. Consciously choose to only eat half of what they set in front of you and plan on eating it tomorrow.
Some restaurants have begun offering smaller portions of their entrees. Order one of those small options for your meal. Or, if there are healthy options on the children’s menu order a kid’s meal if the restaurant allows it. They tend to give children too much food too, so it’ll be a perfect size for an adult.
If none of the entrees strike your fancy, you could always order an appetizer and/or a side dish for your meal. Be sure you order something with veggies and a lean protein.
While it is always best to ask your waiter about how food is prepared, the menu can give you some clues as to how healthy or unhealthy an item will be. Avoid anything that has been fried, sautéed, stuffed, broasted, or anything with a cream sauce. Choose items that have been steamed, grilled, broiled, or roasted. Look for whole grains, lean proteins such as fish or chicken, and be sure to order lots of veggies. Try to start your meal with a salad full of veggies to help stave off your hunger, give you much needed nutrients, and help you feel satisfied sooner. Avoid the bread basket, butter, and creamy cups of soup.
Talking to Your Waiter
Be sure you ask your waiter how food is prepared. Ask if the chef could use minimal amounts of oil, or to use broth instead of oil. Try to avoid any finishing oil or butter that the kitchen applies before the food is served by requesting they leave it off.
Just because you are eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to avoid dessert. Try to choose fruit or something with fruit to end your meal. If those aren’t an option, order a dessert for the table to share and be conscious of how many bites you are taking.
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