Review my top tips for eating out that will make your experience enjoyable, satisfying, and have you leaving feeling good post-meal!
Below is a list of the top 7 tips I follow when we go out to eat. Use any of the tips that work best for you!
I highly recommend reviewing the restaurant’s menu before you arrive. This will allow you more time to assess the menu, choosing a balanced meal that is lower in calories, sodium, and saturated fat.
Swap the soda and alcoholic beverages for water – this will help to limit both the amount of calories and added sugar. Water will also help to keep you hydrated, aid in digestion, and help with the absorption of water-soluble vitamins and minerals.
Have you ever heard of front-loading? Front-loading your meal with a high fiber salad or soup is a great way to begin satisfying your hunger. By consuming fiber in the beginning of the meal, this will help to balance blood sugars, preventing spikes which may cause fatigue, excessive thirst, or headaches post-meal. The fiber will also help to fill you up more quickly, on less calories.
Don’t be afraid to split your meal with someone! Most of the meals served in restaurants are 2-3 times the normal serving size. By splitting a meal, this will not only help reduce the amount of calories consumed, it will also split the bill in half – a win-win situation.
Whenever we go out to a restaurant, one of my favorite things to do is to order a variety of appetizers to enjoy more of what is on the menu. I’ll choose appetizers that include a good source of protein, healthy fats, and fiber to ensure I am still consuming a balanced meal.
Choose a meal that is well balanced – a meal containing complex carbs (including fruit, veggies, whole grains, and legumes), healthy fats, and protein. Order foods that are steamed, broiled, grilled or roasted and try avoiding deep-fried, or breaded options. If you have a food allergy or intolerance, inform your waiter and see if they are able to work around your restrictions (most restaurants are able!).
Make healthy swaps. For example, instead of having fries as a side, swap it for steamed veggies or a side salad. This will lower the amount of calories and sodium, while increasing fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Sauces, dressings, and condiments can add extra calories, fat and sodium. Ask for them to be placed on the side, then add just enough to your meals for adequate flavor.
To live a healthy lifestyle, balance really is the key to sustainability. Enjoy your favorite meals and beverages in moderation.
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