Dine Out in Healthy Style
If you are a health buff, dining out may cause you to be overly concerned or disappointed. You might end up eating more than you wish especially when servings are big. You might just end up eating all the calories you don’t need, because you’ll never know what goes into the food.
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. 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. You will get a better idea of what food they serve if you look at their menu in advance. Some restaurants include calorie counts beside the dishes to guide healthy eaters who are conscious about their calorie intake – this is helpful. 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. These foods are probably not fried foods, or foods that don’t include too much fatty ingredients such as cheese and cream.
At times, you don’t know how a certain dish is prepared or what its ingredients are, but you can inquire from your server. You might want to know if a dish is fried or baked, or how much oil goes into it. You don’t end up guessing how healthy a dish is because of the information you already know.
A side dish of potatoes or fries often goes along with your order. But if you order salad to replace the fries when you order, oftentimes your order gets accommodated. If you can’t avoid the potatoes, just make sure you avoid 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. Look for a starter with fresh looking ingredients, instead of a sweet 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.
If you will have wine, a glass is enough.