Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Eating Out Tips


As much as I love cooking, I love eating out too.  I love trying new foods, new combinations, and having someone else do the dishes!  One of the restaurants I visited recently had avocado fries on the menu, something I had never heard of!  We had to taste them, and they were amazing!  I love new things like that!  

While eating out is almost always more calories and fat than staying in, there are many strategies to make eating out healthier.  Here a few...  Look for more to come!
  • Fried, au gratin, crispy, escalloped, pan-fried, sautéed or stuffed foods are high in fat and calories. Instead, look for steamed, broiled, baked, grilled, poached or roasted foods. If you’re not sure about a certain dish, ask your server how it’s prepared. You can request that visible fat be trimmed from meat and skin be removed from poultry before cooking.
  • Have gravy, sauces and dressings served on the side, so you can control the amount you eat or skip them completely.  Ask for low fat or fat free varieties as well.
  • Share your meal or have half put in a box to go before you start eating.  One of the biggest problems with going out is portion sizes.  You will also feel much better after if you don't eat the whole thing.
  • Even if they aren't on the dessert menu, many restaurants can offer you fruit or sherbet instead of high-fat pastries and ice creams so you can enjoy dessert with out all the calories and fat.
  • Remember to include the calories you are drinking.  Unless you get diet soda or water you will be taking in quite a few calories with your drinks.  A glass of regular soda is around 140 calories (each refill), a glass of wine is anywhere from 100-200 calories, and mixed drinks can come in around 400 calories.
  • So many restaurants have right on the menu what their healthy options are or something like options under 500 calories, making it really easy to make healthy choices and still enjoy a night out.
  • Plan ahead!  If you know where you are going before hand look them up online and check out their nutrition facts.  Most restaurants will have them up, and if they don't, you can email and ask for them for the next time you go there.  Look at the calories and fat, or anything else you are watching like sodium in your favorite dishes or a new dish you want you try and pick the best option.
Check out the restaurant links using the page above or click here.  It is not all inclusive, but gives you some ideas of popular restaurant's nutrition.
  
What helps you stay on track while eating out?  Any tips or tricks that work for you?  

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