Regardless of whether you're trying to lose weight, you can eat healthy when dining out, if you know how.
So, if you're treating yourself to a meal out, here are some tips to help make it a dining experience that is both tasty and good for you.
Will the restaurant:
- Serve margarine rather than butter with the meal?
- Serve fat-free (skim) milk rather than whole milk or cream?
- Trim visible fat from poultry or meat?
- Leave all butter, gravy, or cream sauces off a dish?
- Serve salad dressing on the side?
- Accommodate special requests?
- Use less cooking oil when cooking?
Select foods that are:
- Steamed in their own juice (au jus)
- Lightly sauteed
Avoid the salt and processed foods that would contain salt such as cocktail sauces, smoked foods, some broths or au jus, and teriyaki sauce.
Ask for something different than what is listed. Many times you can have an appetizer made into an entree or have sauces on the side. Ask for two vegetables in place of potato and tell the waiter to skip the bread.
Avoid dishes with lots of cheese or dressings. Instead of fried, ask for broiled or grilled. Avoid the all-you-can-eat buffets. Instead of coleslaw, ask for a salad or steamed vegetables.
Still want dessert? Go for it, but buy one and everyone share it. It's fun to buy a rich dessert, but with more sharing it, you have less calories but still satisfy the craving.