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Eating Healthy While Dining at Restaurants

Updated on June 30, 2015
Dining at a restaurant is a pleasure for many of us.  You can even take control of the foods that you order asking for alternatives to allow for more healthy eating.
Dining at a restaurant is a pleasure for many of us. You can even take control of the foods that you order asking for alternatives to allow for more healthy eating.

Eating out is a pleasure for some, if not, many restaurant goers. Those who are concerned about their weight may need to take a moment to think about the foods they order, and reconsider cutting calories. Not eating out at all and sticking to healthy meals at home is certainly one way for people to trim their weight. And there are other options to reduce your calorie intake at restaurants, and still be hip to health.

Get rid of salt

A lot of customers use salt to top their foods. You may even see a tub of packaged salt on your table as you sit down for your meal. Salt has sodium, and that can be eliminated and help your health. Just ask the service to hold off the salt for your foods. At the very least, sprinkle only a touch of salt for your meal.

Eliminating salt from your meals is a positive way to reduce sodium intake.
Eliminating salt from your meals is a positive way to reduce sodium intake.

Order water as your beverage

It seems that restaurants always have a range of popular drinks to choose from. They should always have water available, too. Fresh water is better than any soft drink or a cup of coffee. Be sure to add water as the only beverage to your menu, since it’s healthier that way.

Set aside salad dressings and other toppings

It’s true that dipping sauces and toppings add an extra punch of flavor. Ketchup is used for french fries, and dressings cover Caesar salads. But there’s nothing wrong with eating foods that are plain. Simply tell the service you don’t need any toppings or dipping sauces. The salads themselves will still taste very good.

Salad dressings may taste delicious, but in some cases, they only add extra calories for your salad.
Salad dressings may taste delicious, but in some cases, they only add extra calories for your salad.

Reduce food portions

One of the problems about getting so much fat is that people tend to get seconds, or they heap large portions of their foods onto their plates. If you love french fries, ask for a baked potato instead, so you won’t be tempted to eat the fries so much. Steaks contain high amounts of fat, but if you still can’t resist its juicy flavor, split one between you and your guests.

Request a small, not large, order of french fries to keep fat and calories down.
Request a small, not large, order of french fries to keep fat and calories down.

Cut down sweets

Almost no meal is complete without some kind of dessert. But it doesn’t always have to be unhealthy. If you decide to order a pie, for example, try eating it without any whipped cream. Eating fresh fruit is certainly the best way to enjoy the sweetness you crave for. Add berries instead of syrups to your ice cream.

Ordering a smoothie (all natural without any added sugar) is an example for replacing sugary desserts like ice cream or pies.
Ordering a smoothie (all natural without any added sugar) is an example for replacing sugary desserts like ice cream or pies.

You can reduce calories and still enjoy the foods at your favorite restaurants. Choose wisely as you start your order, which helps boost nutritional benefits for yourself, depending on what you want. If you consider yourself a picky eater, relying on favorite foods you just can't resist, just buy lesser portions of whatever you enjoy. That kind of tip is beneficial to anyone.

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      Samuel Smart 2 years ago from United States

      Hello Stephen, and thank you for reading and commenting. I really don't eat at restaurants much, which is probably the reason my thoughts over the chef's seasonings may sound awkward. I'm more geared toward nutrition instead of service itself.

      Again, thank you for input.

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      Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Some good points here, but the waiter may not be able to change what the chef considers to be essential seasonings. There is scope to add a lot more about dietary problems when eating out. I love the idea though and hope you see fit to make this a longer stellar Hub.

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