Tips on eating out, the healthy way

The average American adult eats out or buys a snack 5.8 times a week. That’s almost once a day. This wouldn’t be a big deal if restaurants were as healthy as the food you make in your own kitchen.

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Among other ingredients, restaurants use large amounts of butter and oil to prepare their dishes, which is how the dishes become so unhealthy.

Eating out isn’t a bad thing though. It’s great for socializing, and let’s be honest, when you just don’t feel like cooking (hello, weekends!). How can you go out to eat, but still eat healthy? I’ve got some tips for you!

How to eat healthy at restaurants:

Before you go out:

  1. Don’t arrive starving. You’ll over eat and regret it when it’s all said and done.
  2. Think ahead of what you’ll order. This can help your willpower to avoid unhealthy meals.

When ordering:

  1. Order foods that are steamed, broiled, baked, poached, or roasted NOT fried, au gratin, crispy, scalloped, pan-fried, sautéed, buttered, creamed or stuffed.
  2. Ask what kind of oils the foods are prepared in. You want: monounsaturated oils (olive oil, canola oil and peanut oil) and polyunsaturated oils (soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil and sunflower oil).
  3. Get salad dressings, butter, and cream on the side. It’s better you control how much goes on your food.
  4. Substitute fries for vegetables, baked potato (see rule above), and plain rice. It irritates me that fries are the standard side.
  5. Order lean meat like chicken or fish.

As I stated earlier, it’s okay to eat out. Just be conscious of these tips the next time and you’ll be making healthier choices. Who doesn’t want that?!

It’s okay to splurge on occasion, too. Restricting your diet will only make you want something even more. It’s about balance. Just enjoy!

Let’s get energized!