Healthy eating and eating out are not mutually exclusive – but some people may avoid it if they are dieting or following a strict “healthy eating” regime. Eating out is such an enjoyable part of life – it shouldn’t be given up.
These days most establishments will have plenty of choices that fit in with a healthy eating plan, and many are also willing to make small changes to their dishes, so even typically “unhealthy” meals don’t have to be considered wholly off-limits.
Here are some tips on how to making your next evening out even more enjoyable:
- If the restaurant has an online menu, look at it before you go to see which meals will fit your eating plan – then you avoid hasty, on-the-spot choices.
- Don’t arrive hungry – you’re more likely to order too much. Have a small healthy snack (like a yoghurt) before you get there.
- Choose meals with lean cuts of meat that have been grilled, stir-fried, barbecued or braised. Even better, order the fish.
- Where possible, ask for all sauces and dressings to be served on the side.
- Avoid unnecessary starters (like bread) and sides (like chips).
- If the meal is described as “creamy”, “breaded”, “battered”, “crispy” or “fried” look for an alternative.
Lastly, if you are unsure about anything on the menu, talk to your waiter. It’s their job to help you choose something you will feel good about eating.