Healthy Eating – Make Better Choices when Eating Out

Author: Shannon Miller Lifestyle

Healthy eating is important, whether you are eating at home or you are eating out at a cafe or restaurant.

But eating away from home takes a certain amount of control out of your meal.

Though you cannot control many things about food preparation in a restaurant situation, you can control some things about your meal and the way it is prepared.

Here are a couple of SML-approved sites that help you find your best possibility for a healthy meal when eating out.

Generally, eating out means a higher fat and higher sodium content. Fat and sodium add a lot of flavor cheaply, and they improve shelf or counter-life of foods. So, in general, you will not want to add butter and salt to your foods. There should be plenty already in there.

Menu items to avoid:

  • Fried
  • Smothered
  • Breaded
  • Alfredo or butter sauce
  • Caesar dressing
  • Marbled (when speaking of meats, this means a higher fat content)
  • Super-sized

Healthy Eating Menu items to select from:

  • Baked
  • Grilled
  • Blackened
  • Broiled
  • Steamed
  • Red or marinara sauce
  • Vinegar-based dressing
  • Olive oil
  • Sirloin
  • Breast of
  • White fish
  • Light-sized

When ordering food, here is the “Best Case Scenario” for Healthy Eating.

  • Order a soup first. Choose a soup that is broth or tomato based, not white or cream based.
  • Ask the server to not bring the chips or bread that is usually offered before the meal.
  • Don’t bother with (consume the extra calories in) an appetizer.
  • Choose an entrée using the terms listed for the Healthier Menu items, above.
  • Split the entrée with someone at the table, or ask the server to put half of it in a to-go box before it even comes to the table.
  • If you want a glass of wine, have one, do not indulge in the entire bottle.
  • If you want a dessert, have the table decide on one dessert and then split it among you and your table companions. You only need a spoon or two of the dessert to enjoy it without pain.

When celebrating a night out, or just eating a meal away from home, please remember to enjoy responsibly, so that you can feel fantastic after the meal, and the next day.

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