Hey there friends! Sorry I left you hanging the last couple of days. I was honestly so tired after the weekend that I just needed
a little break multiple naps. Plus, I’ve been battling carpal tunnel syndrome in my wrist. It’s been quite painful so I also wanted to take a little time away from the computer. Currently, I’m wearing a wrist brace trying to make it better which makes typing and computer work a bit of a challenge but less painful so it’s worth it.
Since it’s Nutrition Month, I wanted to continue bringing some nutrition articles to you. Also, make sure you’re following me on Instagram for healthy tips all month. Today’s topic is about eating out. Restaurants make eating out a challenge. The menus are filled with tempting treats and even foods you think are healthy can be deceiving. So here are a few tips to think about when eating out.
It’s okay to splurge when you eat out. There are foods you never eat at home and now is your chance to indulge. However, indulging in drink, appetizer, entree and dessert may be a bit excessive. Instead, decide on which item you are wanting to splurge on. If you are having the cream sauce pasta, pass on the dessert. Or if you are wanting a decadent cheesecake for dessert, choose a healthier entree option and moderate your portion size. Everything can be enjoyed but in moderation and balance.
Cut out the alcohol
Believe me, I like my wine when I go out but it’s important to remember that alcohol adds extra calories without adding any nutritional value. If you’re trying to moderate your calorie intake, consider skipping the alcohol at least once in a while.
If skipping alcohol isn’t an option, think about your order. Both the type of alcohol and size can make a difference. You can still have the glass of wine but get the 6 oz vs 9 oz glass or get a glass of beer vs a pint. Avoid high-calorie cocktails with pop, juices, syrups and swap for club soda or citrus fruits.
Don’t be afraid to ask for changes
Restaurants use a few key ingredients to make their food so tasty – fat, salt, sugar. Don’t be afraid to ask your server if modifications can be made to your meal. The answer may be no depending on the way the food is prepared but it doesn’t hurt to ask.
If you’re too shy to ask for modifications, look for key words on menus that indicate if an item is a healthy choice or less healthy. Words like battered, smothered, creamy, etc. indicate higher calorie and fat content. Instead, look for words like roasted, baked, steamed, fresh, grilled, etc.
Take half home
Restaurant portions are generally insanely large. See if the restaurant offers smaller portions and if not, ask for a to-go-box with your meal and pack up half right away. This will moderate your portion size and limit the temptation to continue eating. Plus as an added bonus, you have a lunch for the next day.
Eat Out Less Often
The best way to eat healthier is to eat out less. You can do your best to eat healthier when out but generally, it’s always going to be higher salt and calories than your home prepared meals. Plus, the less you eat out, the more you can enjoy the indulgence when you do.