So it’s the weekend! You officially made it through that long haul of a of a week! I know that weekends are packed with catching up with friends and family, picnics, and eating out! If you follow a clean eating lifestyle, like I do, this can make you very nervous about what you are going to eat! I have learned through trial and error that even the healthiest things on the menu can really be not all that healthy. I use the My Fitness Pal App, where you can find most nutritional facts on popular restaurants.
I am always amazed at how many grams of fat, sodium, and carbs a grilled fish or chicken salad can have! Restaurants add extra oil, butter, and ingredients to beef up the flavor. Even broccoli can be smothered in butter and this is why we must be careful amount what we order.
So here are my 8 tips for eating out at restaurants:
1. Plan Ahead! Before you go to the restaurant, take a look at the menu online and once you find what you want, look at what is in it. Think about the changes that you can make to make it the healthiest version possible. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want! Most places are very flexible.
2. Avoid creamy dressings and always ask for dressing on the side. I usually ask for oil and vinegar dressing as I know exactly what is in that!
3. Look for items that are baked, grilled, broiled, dry-sauteed, roasted, steamed, fresh, light, or poached.
4. Avoid items that are breaded, “casserole”, carbonara, creamy, sauteed, tempura, “au gratin”, fried, bisque, or crispy.
5. Skip the bread. This can add hundreds of calories to your meal, which can really sneak up on you!
6. Practice proper portion control and ask for a box early.
7. Satisfy hunger only-Don’t Gorge. Eat for the purpose of satisfying your hunger, but no more!
8. Skip the dessert– you can make a healthy version at home!