Eating out is now a fashion to get involved into the so called social gathering. But to stay healthy is also one of the most aspects in this social gathering too. But how can you enjoy both the moments without consuming those extra calories!!!! OMG…yes eating healthy while eating out is now possible, the only thing is one has to understand the difference between the unhealthy and the healthy options that one can now avail.
Eating out is often associated with weight gain. The tantalizing sights and smells of a restaurant or parties entice you with high-calorie menu items, often at times when you’re not hungry. The outcome is usually far too many calories.
Well not to worry because making smart choices or healthy eating out among the food items and consuming them as per your portion size is one of the most important step towards a healthy life. Make sure you order foods & beverages that fit the habits of healthy life.
So, now lets see some healthy and smart choices that you can make into such get-together parties or restaurants.
- As a beverage choice, ask for water or order fat-free or low-fat milk, unsweetened tea, or other drinks without added sugars or add Stevie (natural sugar)
- Ask for whole-wheat bread or multi-bread for sandwiches.
- In a restaurant, start your meal with a salad packed with veggies with fat-free dressing , to help control hunger and feel satisfied sooner.
- Ask for salad dressing to be served on the side. Then use only as much as you want.
- Choose main dishes that include vegetables, such as stir fries, kebabs, or whole pasta with a tomato sauce.
- Order steamed, grilled, or broiled dishes instead of those that are fried .
- Choose a small” or “medium” portion.
- Order an item from the menu instead over buffet.
If main portions at a restaurant are larger , try one of these strategies to keep from overeating:
- Order an appetizer-sized portion or a side dish instead of an entree.
- Share a main dish with a friend.
- If you can then put the rest of the meal into a takeout box.
- When your food is delivered, set aside or pack half of it to go immediately.
To keep your meal moderate in calories, fat, and sugars:
- Ask for salad dressing to be served “on the side” so you can add only as much as you want.
- Order foods that do not have creamy sauces or gravies
- Add little or no butter to your food.
- Choose fresh fruits over dessert most often.
- On vacations or trips, pack some fresh fruit, cut-up vegetables, low-fat cheese sticks, or a handful of nuts to help you avoid stopping for sweet or fatty snacks.
- Pick broth-based or tomato-based soups over creamed soups.
- Don’t hesitate to make special requests. Most restaurants will honor them.
- Try to eat a lighter, healthy snack before you go out to blunt your hunger.
- Identify restaurants that specialize in healthy meals. If you’re traveling, ask hotel attendants for suggestions.
- Make plans for the entire day if you know that you’re going out to eat. For example, have a lighter lunch if you’re eating supper at a restaurant. You can also schedule extra workout to burn extra calories consumed. Keep an eye on the calories, the portion size and most important eat slowly.