Even though you may not be fond of eating out, a situation may arise where you are forced to eat out. If you are already implementing a healthy food regime at home, you still need to do so even when eating out. It is encouraging that some restaurants understand food needs of their clients and will provide you with all the information you may need relating to nutritional value of the foods they prepare and serve you.
Consider ordering the following foods when eating out:
Order broiled meat and trim all the fat before eating. It will be good if you order the same without sauces or gravy. Ensure that the meat you order is lean.
Do not order any salad for that matter. Avoid potato and pasta salads, fruits in heavy syrup and bacon bits. Such can contain up to 300 calories, which certainly is not good for your health. Instead, order dark, leafy raw vegetables and fruits. You may also order lean ham or turkey. In case you need to dress the same, go for fat-free dressing.
Instead of the ‘works’ pizzas, order vegetable pizzas ensuring that the quantity of vegetables exceeds that of meat.
In case you really need to eat fast foods, avoid jumbo burgers and fried sandwiches. Instead, order BBQ or broiled and grilled chicken sandwiches.
If you need to drink wine, it will serve you good to order red wine for the health benefits you will obtain. However, not that excess red wine can be counter-productive. Drink in moderation.
Whether or not you are frequent to visit restaurants, the amount of food and drinks you consume matter. Note that restaurants are fond of offering foods low on carbohydrates. Although your aim is to cut down on the amount of calories you consume, your body still needs a reasonable amount of calories, proteins, vitamins and minerals to function properly. Regularly consuming foods low on carbohydrates can deprive your body of vital calories. It is therefore important to ask the nutritional value of any food that you order. Ensure that you only eat enough to keep you going until when you prepare your regular meal.
What to Avoid When Eating Out?
In order to cut down on your calorie intake, you need to avoid dense calorie foods while eating out. These foods contain a high number of calories per serving. They tend to be high in fat or sugar. Such include:
- Fatty meat
- Candy bars
- Rice crackers
- Potato chips
- Fried foods
Substitute the above with vegetables and certain fruits. Note that some fruits have high calorie content. Since your body requires a reasonable amount of fat, ensure that the foods you eat are cooked with less fat. If possible, establish the fat used in cooking your restaurant food. A reasonable amount of flaxseed oil will be perfect. Order for healthy foods and drinks that you are sure will be of value to your body.