Eating Out at Restaurants

Restaurants are notorious for sneaking in unhealthy ingredients. Some people think that the only way to remain truly healthy is to avoid eating out at most restaurants altogether but thats not fun at all. Or perhaps you think can only eat at restaurants that are geared solely towards maintaining health. This simply isn’t true!

If you apply the following 8 tips, you can still enjoy most restaurants from fast food up to A’ la carte and still maintain a balanced diet. 

  1. Look for the light menu. Every restaurant won’t have a light menu, but a growing number of chain restaurants are promoting light alternatives without much searching.
  1. Take half your dinner home. Main meals are being served in larger and larger portions all the time. Sometimes your meal won’t be unhealthy, but your portion size will be. To avoid overeating, you can simply ask your waiter to serve you half the meal and box up the other half for you to eat for lunch tomorrow. 
  1. Go grilled. One way to eat smart is to opt for grilled instead of fried items. Fried foods have more calories and fat. Grilled chicken or fish make great choices.
  1. Avoid drinking extra calories. Don’t forget to count the calories that you drink. Drinking fizzy drinks or alcoholic beverages while you’re out can add up the calories quite quickly. Choose water or diluted drinks as an alternative and then you will only need to worry about the calorie content of your meal.
  1. Be salad smart. You can choose a salad as your main dish as a way to eat smart. You’ll probably find that they are bigger salads on the menu beyond the house or side salad. Many of them contain a larger selection of vegetable and more protein for example, chicken.
  • Salad dressing. Ask to have your salad dressing on the side rather than on the salad. Then the amount of dressing you put on the salad is up to you. When it comes to Salad dressing, a little bit can go a long way. Avoid creamy dressings as they contain a lot calories.
  1. Pick a complex Carbohydrate. If you are ordering fries, order sweet potato fries. The are more nutritional dense and will keep you feeling fuller for longer. Another could options are new potatoes just avoid the butter and avoid the bread the basket.
  1. Choose healthy sauce. Be aware of how the sauce is made in the dish of you are choosing. If you are eating Italian, for example, choose an option with a tomato-based sauce. This will provide you with a bigger benefit than a cream based alternative. This is also the case when it comes to choosing your soups; avoid the cream based ones if possible. 
  1. Include fruits and vegetables . You know that fruits and vegetables are an important part of your diet at home, so you should continue to seek them out when you’re making your selections at a restaurant. Steamed vegetables can be a great side dish, and fruits can likely be ordered in place of a dessert item. 

Don’t be afraid to indulge yourself from time to time, but maintain an awareness of your eating habits and portions to keep you on track.

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