Tips to Eating Healthy While Eating Out by following these Simple Steps
Eating out is no longer considered just a luxury or fun event on weekends to spend time with your closed friends and family. In today’s busy society, where both husband and wife have to work 10-12 hours a day, it has become a normal trend for couples and families to eat out or order take away from their close by restaurants even on weekdays. Though we have plenty of food joints and fast food centers around now, that deliver quality with taste in a matter of minutes, there is still a “heavy” price to pay. And, here I am not just talking about the cost, but the kilos of weight you put on after a while of having the unhealthy and junk meals. The food joints definitely don’t design their menus keeping your waistline in mind, but more of the taste and quality they can offer. It is a sad truth that most of the things that might entice your taste buds may not be as good in nutrition to your body.
However, there are certain ways in which you can optimize your eat out meals to get the best out of them. Check out some of the tips below:
1) Whenever you are planning to buy a take-out, try to order for it in advance: You can always check online menus or even ask the restaurants you are considering emailing or faxing you the menus. These days lots of restaurants also include nutritional value of their meals in the menu. You can simply highlight the meals that suit you the most. It is always better to pre-order the food when you are not feeling hungry, than to go at the counter and order it while you are starving. Hunger can always alter your decision and make you go for the fries and other junk stuffs that look and feel more appetizing to the senses.
2) While dining out, avoid heavy appetizers: The things to avoid the most in appetizers are: cheese stuffed products, deep fried crunchies and soups with creams. Try to go for more broiled or grilled food items, and more broth based chicken or tomato soups as appetizers.
3) Drink small sips of water with your meal: Instead of ordering sweet lime soda, wine, coffee or bear with your meal, try to drink just plain water in little amounts throughout your meal.
4) Check for the salads: A salad dressing can make or break it for you in terms of calorie count. While you can choose fresh beans and green vegetables in your salad, avoid heave cheese and egg based dressings and instead go for more vinegar and lemon juice based dressings which not only taste good, but also cut down the calories to a great extent.
5)Don't aim at cleaning your plate: Just because you are paying for the food, doesn't mean you have to be a glutton and finish it off to the last drop. You can always eat till your heart's content (or rather stomach's content) and take the rest home. I love to try various dishes while eating out, and since the quantities are always more than what me and my husband can finish, we ask the attendants to get the stuff packed to eat it later. This tip has always worked, no matter what.
6)Go for the grilled, broiled or baked meats and potatoes: Grilled, broiled, baked and even poached products taste quite amazing, without adding those extra calories that deep fried items have.
7)Diet Dessert: If you have a sweet tooth, try getting fresh fruits with flavored yogurt that tastes great.
8)Choose side dishes consciously: Often the main meals don't add up as much calories as the side dishes do. Hence try to choose more of steamed veggies and low fat sauce instead of french fries. If you love potatoes, try to get boiled, mashed or roasted potatoes. You can always flavor it up with proper seasoning, pepper and salsa.
I hope the above tips help you choose better and eat wisely!