Quick Tips When Dining Out

It is so easy these days to be fooled by those “skinny” menu items, which very well may tack on more calories in your day dose than you would expect. Here are a few tips to help keep you on track.

  • Always order water first – if you must indulge in an alcoholic beverage or soft drink, this will help to limit the amount of refills you end up getting.
  • Avoid anything with the word “fried” or “tempura” – it is nothing but artery clogging fat
  • “Sauteed” and even sometimes “grilled” may have excess oil throughout it – if that is the case ask for either light oil, or have it replaced with water. Yes, there are a variety of oils are healthy for us – but in moderation, and the quality matters as well. In this case, it is best to getting your olive oil intake at home, where you can control how much will go onto your plate.
  • Portion sizes today are far larger than they were 50 years ago. With that said, either ask for half to be made to-go, or use your will-power to save half of your entree to get wrapped up.
  • When opting for meats, keep two things in mind:
    -Choose lean meats and cuts such as chicken breast, turkey, and loin or round cuts
    -Opt for grilled, baked, or pan seared. (FYI – if baked, take great caution if it is breaded)
  • Always ask for dressing on the side – they are generally either high in fat, or sugar This way you are in control of how much is poured on.
  • Be weary of those “healthy salads” containing both cheese AND nuts. Choose one and ask for the other to be left off. If you do choose cheese ask for it to be lightly sprinkled (many times, chefs will really load those salads up with far more than one serving).
  • BEWARE of anything noted as “candied” (i.e. candied pecans). These are called candied for a reason…coated in sweet sweet sugar!
  • When given the option for sides – choose the veggies
  • Always ask for extra vegetables  🙂 This will offer up more vitamin-rich nutrients, as well as fiber to keep you satisfied.
  • As amazing as your entree may look or smell, enjoy it slowly. It takes at least 20 minutes for your brain to signal that it is satisfied.
  • Listen to your mama: DON’T TALK WITH YOUR MOUTH FULL! When enjoying your company, take little breaks from eating your meal to chit chat. This will actually help you slow your eating pace. You will also be able to pay attention to your food while you are eating it, when you only chat in between bites.

Most importantly, you should always be able to ask for certain things to be added or removed from a meal. If this is non negotiable, then the restaurant is definitely not worth your pennies. Remember: you are paying them, you have the right to order your meal the way you want it…which ought to be delicious AND nutritious! 😉

Happy dining



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