5 Tricks to Eating Healthy When Dining Out
1. Take Control
While inventing your own meals while dining out is generally frowned upon in the restaurant industry, some minor tweaking is expected! Don’t be afraid to ask for the dressing on the side, for extra veggies or for grilled, not fried.
2. Box Half the Entree
What’s up, Midwestern America?! We like our foods hearty and our portions large, but it’s no surprise to anyone that almost every serving that restaurants dish up is three times the recommended daily meal caloric intake. Boxing half the entree not only helps your self control, it also provides you a meal for later so that your waistline and your wallet stay in good shape.
3. Chug a Protein Shake Before Leaving the House
Here’s a side note; your body can only process about 30 grams of protein at a time. So go invest in some good protein, and next time you are going out for dinner with friends, take one scoop (usually about 26 grams of protein) blend it with some ice, and chug it to curb those late afternoon/early evening cravings. This strategy will give you a clearer mind when ordering, and it will only cost you 120 protein-filled calories!
4. Nix the Bread Basket
Nothing is more delightful than a warm basket of fresh french rolls and herbed butter, but can you say empty calories? White bread is low in soluble fiber, and only results in spiking your blood sugar and calorie intake. Skip the bread basket by asking the server to nix it, and save those calories for the meal.
5. Choose the Right Sides
You know what I’m talking about. I’ll be honest, I love french fries, home fries, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese and every other carb-loading delicious side dish in existence, but you know what they say; “a moment on the lips, forever on the hips.” Avoid and go for the veggie options. Toss around some hot sauce to make it more exciting.