Festive atmospheres, fun themes, rich tempting menus, and large portions can make healthy eating a difficult task. Splurging once in awhile is okay, but you’ll begin to pack on pounds if you make it a habit. Be smart when you eat out.
Choose restaurants wisely. Restaurants offering a variety of foods are a good choice. Try going Asian or vegetarian. They will give you a lot of tasty options. Make fewer visits to the all-you-can-eat buffets and dessert-cart places.
- Pass or limit your bread and butter.
- Drink water or herbal tea.
- As an appetizer, order soup made with broth rather than cream.
- Avoid gravies and rich sauces, instead choose salsas for flavoring.
- Order salad dressing on the side.
- Order steamed, poached, broiled, baked, grilled, roasted, or stir-fried foods.
- If the restaurant servings are large, order one or two appetizers instead. If you want to order an entree, split it or immediately doggy-bag half your meal for the next day.
- Try herbal tea or decaffeinated coffee for dessert. If you absolutely can’t resist the dessert tray, split your sweets with at least one other diner.
- Consider ordering a la carte. It might cost more, but your portions are likely to be smaller and you’ll have a better chance at getting just what you want, the way you want it.
Starting to feel like dining out is no fun? Don’t get overwhelmed by taking on these tips all at once. Instead, every time you visit a restaurant, pick one or two of these suggestions and enjoy your meal. If you do it often enough, before you know it, these changes will become healthy habits, and you won’t even have to think about it.