Dining Out for Health Buffs
If you are the type of person whose goal is to eat healthy, dining out at a restaurant might cause you unnecessary anxiety and frustration. Because serving portions are often excessive, you could be eating more than you need. You might just end up eating all the calories you don’t need, because you’ll never know what goes into the food.
But you don’t need to stress yourself too much about it. Just because you have a healthy eating lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to exclude yourself from the company of your friends. Here are a few tips to remember on how to eat healthy when dining out with 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. You will discover that some restaurants have calorie counts next to an item on the menu – this is useful information. There are times you see ‘healthy’ or ‘light’ sections on menus. This helps you avoid those dishes that are calorie-rich, with cheesy and creamy sauces.
At times, you don’t know how a certain dish is prepared or what its ingredients are, but you can inquire from your server. It is good to know if it’s fried or baked. It is good for you to be informed as this will make you less anxious about eating something you know little about, if its healthy or not.
A side dish of potatoes or fries often goes along with your order. If you ask your server if they can serve you a leafy salad instead when you order, they usually agree with you. If you can’t avoid the potatoes, just make sure you avoid the sour cream.
Most of the time, if you ask nicely, restaurants will have no problem adjusting to your requests. If you see a certain dish that you would love to have, for example, but it’s sauce is rich in cream or cheese, you can request yours to be without the cream or cheese. 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.
You know that starters and desserts are often unnecessary. However, if you want to indulge a bit, go for the starter instead of the dessert, and look for fresh items. Look for a soup that is not cream-based. Green leafy salads are best, just don’t put too much bacon, cheese, or creamy salad dressing.
And, if you can’t avoid it, have only a glass of wine.