If you are committed to healthy eating and staying physically fit, then there’s no time off when it comes to personal health, healthy diet and overall wellness. This article: “The Dining-Out Guide for the Health Conscious Eater” helps remind you of six simple things you can do to stick to a healthy eating regime even when you and your friends go out on the town.
Are you aware that the average restaurant meal can have more than 1,000 calories? That’s enough calories to blow any healthy eating plan, and make a major setback to your healthy diet plan.
Fortunately, by remembering to follow these six simple guidelines below, you can dine out without having to sacrifice good taste, proper nutrition, or a bloated feeling of having eaten too much.
1. Avoid ordering an appetizer. Many appetizers have more calories and fat than the main course. Appetizers fried in oil or served with heavy sauce add to your intake of saturated fat, trans fats and calories. Not a healthy way to start your meal.
2. Go with a salad. Not only will it fill you up so you’ll consume fewer calories overall, but it will also give you a hefty dose of antioxidants which are heart healthy. Avoid croutons and cheese to reduce your caloric load. Choose your dressing wisely; best to go with the vinegar based ones. Suggestion: vinegar and olive oil drizzled over your salad is a heart healthy choice.
3. Control your portions. Many restaurants are serving larger quantities of food than in the past. If this is the case, put aside a portion of your entree at the beginning of the meal to take home with you. If you remove it from your plate before you start eating, you’ll be less tempted to overindulge.
4. For entree’s go for broiled and grilled rather than fried. You’ll save on calories and fat grams, plus avoid trans fats. Request a double order of vegetables with your entree. Tomato sauces are best to top off your main course, but ask for it to be served on the side so you can control the amount you eat.
5. At the end of your meal, skip the dessert. If a healthy dessert option isn’t available, try a cup of coffee with skim milk to help satiate your desire for something sweet.
6. Thirsty? Go -zero calories. Try water with lemon. You’ll be glad you did when you consider the calorie savings, plus you’ll save money as well.
By following these six simply steps, your meal in a restaurant is not only healthy, but it will be enjoyable, not an worrisome affair. You’ll feel good sticking to your diet and you’ll avoid high-caloric, high-fat foods at the same time, so you’ll be eating heart-healthy meals with your friends.
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