Dine Out in Healthy Style
Eating out can make you anxious and frustrated if you are the type of person who is concerned about healthy eating. Because serving portions are often excessive, you could be eating more than you need. You might just end up eating all the calories you don’t need, because you’ll never know what goes into the food.
Going out doesn’t need to be that stressful. Having healthy eating habits doesn’t mean you need to exclude yourself and avoid going out with friends to dinner. Here are a few tips to remember on how to eat healthy when dining out with friends.
It’s very useful to check out the menu first before deciding to go any place. This way, you know what type of food the place serves, especially if it will be your first time to dine there. Some restaurants include calorie counts beside the dishes to guide healthy eaters who are conscious about their calorie intake – this is helpful. There are times you see ‘healthy’ or ‘light’ sections on menus. These foods are probably not fried foods, or foods that don’t include too much fatty ingredients such as cheese and cream.
When in doubt or if the menu doesn’t say anything other than the name of the dish, ask the waiter what the ingredients are or how the dish is prepared. Is it baked or fried, or is there additional ingredients like oils or creams in the recipe? You don’t end up guessing how healthy a dish is because of the information you already know.
Restaurants usually give you side orders of potatoes and fries with their dishes. But if you order salad to replace the fries when you order, oftentimes your order gets accommodated. If you can’t avoid the potatoes, just make sure you avoid the sour cream.
Restaurant will adjust to the request of their customers, especially if they ask politely. If a healthy-looking dish is rich in cream or cheese, you can ask yours to have none. Or you can ask them to give you a separate side dish for the sauce, so you can put just a little of it on your food as you wish. But it would be better for you to always ask for dressings and sauces on a separate side dish, as restaurants tend to splash them plenty on green salads.
Most of the time, starters and desserts can be done away with. However, if you want to indulge a bit, go for the starter instead of the dessert, and look for fresh items. Avoid creamy soups, if you are going for a soup. But the best thing to have are salads, without the bacon or cheese.
And, if you can’t avoid it, have only a glass of wine.