Eating Healthy When Eating Out

Eating Healthy When Eating Out

If you go out to a restaurant to eat, you probably
watch your calories very closely. To assist you
with your calorie watching when dining out, these
tips will help you make the most of it.

  • Always order salad dressings or sauces on the side,
    as this way you have control over how much you add
    to your meal.
  • When you order grilled fish or vegetables, you
    should ask that the food be grilled without butter
    or oil, or prepared with very little or either or.
  • Anytime you order pasta dishes, be on the lookout
    for tomato based sauces instead of the cream based
    sauces. Tomato based sauces are much lower in fat
    and calories, and tomato sauce can even be counted
    as a vegetable!
  • You should always try to drink water, diet soda,
    or tea instead of soda or beverages that contain
    alcohol.
  • If you order dessert, share with a friend. Half
    of the dessert will equal half of the calories.
  • When you choose a soup, remember that cream
    based soups are higher in fat and calories than
    other soups. A soup can be a great appetizer, as
    most are low in calories and you fill you up pretty
    fast.
  • When ordering a baked potato, ask for salsa instead
    of sour cream, butter, cheese, or even bacon. Salsa
    is very low in calories and provides a healthy
    alternative with plenty of flavor and spice.
  • When you are full, stop eating. Listen to your
    body and what it tells you.
  • If you get full, take half of your meal home.
    The second portion of your meal can serve as a second
    meal later. This way, you get two meals for the
    price of one.
  • If you’re looking to eat less, order two appetizers
    or an appetizer and a salad as your meal.
  • If you get a choice of side dishes, get a baked
    potato or steamed vegetables instead of french
    fries.
  • Always look for food on the menu that’s baked,
    grilled, broiled, poached, or steamed. These types
    of cooking use less fat in the cooking process and
    are usually much lower in calories.
  • Plain bread or rolls are low in both fat and
    calories. When you add the butter and oil, you
    increase the fat and calorie intake.
  • As key ingredients to your meal, choose dishes
    with fruits and vegetables. Both fruits and
    vegetables are great sources of dietary fiber as
    well as many vitamins and minerals.
  • Choose foods made with whole grains, such as
    whole wheat bread and dishes made with brown rice.
  • If you crave dessert, look for something with
    low fat, such as berries or fruit.
  • Always remember not to deprive yourself of the
    foods you truly love. All types of foods can fit
    into a well balanced diet.