My Top 4 Dining Out Tips
Going out for dinner and want to stick to your healthy eating plan? There are several ways to modify dishes when eating out and it is not as hard as you think. Here are my top four dining-out tactics:
- Check how food is cooked and prepared - The way food is cooked can have a significant impact on the amount of calories it contains. Look for food that has been steamed, grilled, roasted or poached. In general, these cooking methods equate to less fat and therefore fewer calories. Do not be afraid to ask your server lots of questions about the restaurant's food so that you can make healthy choices. Ask what is used in the preparation, how large the portion is, what comes on the side — these are all things you want to know now that you are eating right.
- Make substitutions - Ask for sauces or dressings on the side. Sauces and dressings can add a lot of extra fat and calories to a dish. Keeping it separate will make it much easier to control the amount you eat. Ask for grilled vegetables instead of a baked potato or chips. You get the idea — this stuff will take a little extra thought at first, but in no time it will become second nature.
- Order two appetizers instead of a main - Studies show that people are more likely to overeat when they are served bigger portions. If you are going to a restaurant where you know the portions are huge, try ordering two appetizers instead of a main course. This can help you fill up without going overboard with the calories.
- Make modifications - If you have scoured the menu and there are no healthy options, you can usually create your own by requesting a few modifications to the preparation of your food. Ask if you can have your fish grilled instead of battered, ask if you can have Dijon mustard sauce on the chicken instead of cream sauce; request salad dressing on the side; ask for the chef to use just a small amount of olive oil.
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