Dine Out in Healthy Style
If you are the type of person whose goal is to eat healthy, dining out at a restaurant might cause you unnecessary anxiety and frustration. Because serving portions are often excessive, you could be eating more than you need. And it’s quite easier for you to eat more calories than you would want to because you don’t really know what goes into the food they serve.
Don’t worry too much and get stressed about these situations. Having healthy eating habits doesn’t mean you need to exclude yourself and avoid going out with friends to dinner. You can still enjoy their company, and dine healthy at the same time, here’s how.
You can inspect their menu first before going out to 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. This tells you that that dish was prepared with the diet- or health-conscious customer in mind.
If you are not sure what the ingredients in a certain dish are, just ask your server. Is it baked or fried, or is there additional ingredients like oils or creams in the recipe? You can make an informed decision about your order instead of ending up with food that is not as healthy as you think it is.
Restaurants usually give you side orders of potatoes and fries with their dishes. Your server will be happy to accommodate your request if you ask for salad instead of potatoes or fries. But if you are a fan of baked potatoes, go ahead, just leave out 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. Sometimes, it’s better for you to request a separate dish for your sauces so you can choose how much to put. A separate saucer for your sauces is something you should always ask for, because you can’t control how restaurants drench your greens with them.
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. A soup that is not cream-based would be a good option for you. But the best thing to have are salads, without the bacon or cheese.
A glass of wine is enough, if you have to drink.