A Beginners Guide To Options

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. You don’t need to exclude yourself from your friends just because of your healthy eating lifestyle. There are ways you can stick to your diet plan, while dining out with your friends.

Check the menu in advance before deciding on a place. If it’s a place you’ve never eaten in before, this will give you a better idea of what food they serve. What would be useful for you is seeing calorie counts on the menu of a restaurant, this informs you how healthy the dish is. Others will have a section marked ‘healthy’ or ‘light’ while some have a heart symbol to indicate that this dish is good for the heart. This helps you avoid those dishes that are calorie-rich, with cheesy and creamy sauces.

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. You might want to know if a dish is fried or baked, or how much oil goes into it. It is good for you to be informed as this will make you less anxious about eating something you know little about, if its healthy or not.

You will often find that restaurants will offer you side dishes of potatoes or fries that come with your order. But if you order salad to replace the fries when you order, oftentimes your order gets accommodated. But if you want the potatoes or the rice, just have them plain.

Restaurant will adjust to the request of their customers, especially if they ask politely. If you see a certain dish that you would love to have, for example, but it’s sauce is rich in cream or cheese, you can request yours to be without the cream or cheese. You might just want to ask for a separate dish for your sauce, so you can control the amount you put. But because restaurants are in the habit of gorging over your greens with sauces, it’s a good practice to ask for them in a separate saucer.

Most of the time, starters and desserts can be done away with. But if you are in the mood, pick a starter instead of a dessert. 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.