Guide to Eating Well in Restaurants

Why is it that we feel that eating out can be one of our greatest pleasures, unless we are trying to eat healthy?

Restaurants are businesses and want customers to be satisfied and come back again and again. As consumers, we want to feel like we are getting our money’s worth so portions are typically very large! Meals are often full of hidden salt as well as calories from fat and sugar.

A recent study of meals from ten restaurant chains found calorie counts averaging eighteen percent higher than the values listed by the restaurants.

Does eating well to lose weight (and feel great) mean that we can’t enjoy a meal out? Certainly not!

Use the following guidelines when choosing where and how you want to eat, when dining out:

1. Choose a restaurant in which you know there will be healthy options! Research the restaurants in your are and seek those offering fresh and well-prepared fare. There are many chefs whom use herbs and spices as well as gourmet cooking techniques to create flavorful dishes instead of relying on high-fat and high-sodium ingredients.

2. Find a place that has reasonable portions. If a restaurant is famous for huge portions, it may be tricky to order anything in a sensible size. Ordering à la carte or having a half portion is a great strategy to creating your best meals option.

3. Ask the server to skip the breadbasket, tortilla chips, or appetizer. These items definitely add to weight gain. If you’re with a group, pass the basket around then ask for it to be taken off the table. Enjoy a glass of freshly – brewed iced tea and focus on having a great conversation with your dining companions!

Here are some more healthy tips – while you’re dining out:

  • Select foods that are cooked healthfully such as proteins and vegetables that are grilled or steamed.
  • Ask your server to substitute the starch for double veggies, a salad, or fruit.
  • Request a to-go box at the beginning of your meal and set aside a portion of your food for a later time.
  • Try not to “save up calories” before going out to eat. Have a light snack beforehand.

 Set yourself up to succeed and enjoy your healthy meal!