It’s very easy to be tempted when you eat out.The US Department of Agriculture estimates that we eat 29% of our meals away from home. Eating out is often cited as the primary reason for an unhealthy lifestyle. People who eat out more often, can easily gain weight and it can also drag a person’s body down easily. Eating the right or wrong foods can influence a number of things such as mental function, emotional well-being, energy and future health. A little knowledge goes a long way in choosing the best options. Below given are 5 ways to enjoy your meal next time.
1. Don’t go to a restaurant starving :
Eating healthy while eating out is all about one word that is preparation. Choose a place with a varied menu. It’s easier than you think to make good choices at a fast-food restaurant, the mall, or even the school cafeteria. Most cafeterias and fast-food places offer healthy choices that are also tasty, like grilled chicken or salads. It is better to decide what you want to eat before yout leave the house. The most important thing is don’t leave the house hungry. About 1-2 hours before eating, have a small, healthy snack like apple or small salad to avoid pre-meal munching later.
2. Practice self control with the bread basket:
Pre-dinner carbs, can easily ruin your diet. Bread bowls are one of the main things people get in trouble with while dining out. Always check thecalorie amounts, and choose lower calorie menu options. For example, if your daily calorie limit is 1600 calories, think twice before ordering a meal with 1300 calories. Also, don’t forget about the calories from drinks, dressings, dips, appetizers, and desserts. They all count! Eliminating bread from your diet leaves you with a wide range of meal choices. Choose meals that contain a balance of lean proteins like fish, chicken, or beans and if you’re a vegetarian,then go for fruits and vegetables. Start your meal with a salad packed with veggies, to help control hunger and feel satisfied sooner.
3. Watch what your drink :
Think about what you drink. We’re all aware soda isn’t healthy. Cutting soda out of your daily diet is a great idea. Regular sodas, juices, and energy drinks usually contain empty calories that you don’t need. Beverages have calories so it is always better to avoid them. If you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, select options with fewer calories. You can always find a great replacement for your drinks such as water or order fat-free or low-fat milk, unsweetened tea, or other drinks without added sugars.
4. Request your dressing on the side :
In a restaurant, start your meal with a salad packed with veggies, to help control hunger and feel satisfied sooner. A restaurant can make something as healthy as a salad unhealthy by covering it in dressing. Ask for salad dressing to be served on the side. Then use only as much as you want.If you can’t find low-fat dressing options that you like, try a squeeze of lemon, or vinegar with a touch of oil. Use salsa and mustard instead of mayonnaise or oil. Salads and vegetables make healthier side dishes than french fries. Use a small amount of sour cream instead of butter if you order a baked potato. Taco salads are notorious for seeming healthy, but actually being high in calories. Much better to start with a house salad and ask the kitchen to add on ingredients and taco flavorings. Avoid creamy soups like chowder or bisque, which can be loaded with fat and calories.
5. Watch your potion sizes :
Choose main dishes that include vegetables, such as stir fries, kebobs, or pasta with a tomato sauce. Choose the smaller sizes, especially when it comes to drinks and snacks. If you have a craving for something unhealthy, try sharing the food you crave with a friend. Avoid oversized portions.Order an item from the menu instead heading for the “all-you-can-eat” buffet. Many people overeat at buffets. Getting a plate of food, instead of unlimited access to food, may help you eat less.
You can find healthy options on nearly every menu if you know what to look for. Just find the good options on the menu but don’t worry about any indulgences you might make.