Dining out is a love hate relationship when it comes to healthy eating and trying to shift to a new lifestyle. Everything is super high calorie, loaded with fat, sugar and sodium and if it is not, everyone suspects it tastes like cardboard.
There is also the social component that dining out has to offer. People make memories over food, atmospheres of different restaurants are nice to engage in and let’s not forget the best part… SOMEONE ELSE IS COOKING! So does dining out have to be unhealthy? No! Here are my top restaurant suggestions when sticking to a healthy lifestyle.
**Side note: TREAT YOURSELF! Go out and have a meal that is off “plan.” Order the pizza or dessert. It doesn’t mean you have to eat the whole pie!
Asked for veggies steamed. While veggies are always the healthier options for a side, they LOAD them with margarine.
Focus your meal around a lean cut of meat. Chicken breast, top sirloin, pork tenderloin, fish, shrimp, turkey, filet. Just to name a few.
Ask for dressing and heavy sauces on the side (butters, teriyaki, creams, etc.)
Salad is not always the healthiest option. The nuts, seeds, eggs, bacon, cheese, avocado, berries, dried fruit, etc. all add up. Ask for LIGHT toppings.
Add low calorie flavor with salsa.
Going out for Mexican? Skip the tortillas and just eat the fajita part. Many sides like rice, mashed potatoes, baked potato, pasta are extremely over portioned. Eat half.
If you are getting a larger meal, immediately ask for a to go box when food is delivered. Put half in there so you are not tempted. Or save on the bill and split with someone.
Be mindful! Social eating can become very mindless and before you know it, you are filled up on appetizers before the meal even arrives!
A healthy lifestyle should not mean giving up things you enjoy; a good meal out included! Stick to these hacks 90% of the time and you will be successful in all areas of sustainable eating for your goals.
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