If you’re anything like me you love to eat out. Eating out is one of my most favorite hobbies. Ever. It includes socializing and food which are a mash up of my two favorite things. Plus I get a break from cooking? Even better. But often we get told that eating out is unhealthy and can throw you off course from good nutrition habits. I am here to tell you that that is not necessarily true! I know I’m not going to stop eating out any time soon so here are some simple ways to make healthier choices at restaurants:
- Choose an omelet packed with veggies and a side of whole wheat toast! Even better, ask if they can make an egg white omelet to skip out on the added cholesterol.
- Bowl of oatmeal with fruit. Skip the brown sugar or syrup that some love to add and replace it with low fat milk or add some honey.
- Or if you decide that you MUST get your favorite item that isn’t considered a healthy option just replace the greasy meat with fresh fruit or yogurt and be sure to get the whole wheat toast instead of the stack of pancakes.
Lunch and Dinner:
- Pretty much every restaurant offers salad choices these days so it makes it a lot easier. Many make the salads so large that it is plenty to have for the entire meal. Confession: I actually hate making salads because I don’t think they ever turn out that well so usually when I eat out this is my way of filling that void that I evidently have in the kitchen!
- Opt for a side salad instead of the fries. This cuts down on the extra oil and fat and also lets you get in those extra vitamins and fiber.
- If you aren’t feeling the side salad often times there are a choices of sides to choose from. You could opt for their fruit, steamed vegetables, or a baked vegetable over fried.
- Choose a leaner meat option. Go for the chicken, turkey, or fish over the beef or pork.
- Select options that are prepared in healthier ways. Ask for the baked or grilled meat over the fried. to cut down on the oils and extra fat.
- For any meal, skip the pop and opt for a water with a lemon! Not only is this SO much healthier for you but it also saves you about $3 on your bill. Plus pop tends to make you feel full but really it is just empty calories made from sugar!
Making healthier choices like this can also help you to discover new foods that you typically wouldn’t have tried before! This adds more variety to your diet and your body just loves that. What are some ways that you like to make healthier choices when eating out?