It is possible to eat healthy and dine out. You will always eat the healthiest at home since, you control the ingredients that go in your food. Eating out is inevitable since it is a cultural norm. So here are tips on how to order healthy at restaurants.
If you are going to a restaurant that has big portions, appetizers are unnecessary. Appetizers are a quick food item that restaurants put out. Quick food are usually prepared unhealthy (fried) and are a great way to add unnecessary calories. Now there are always exceptions. If they have something healthy like a antipasto caprese, then go for it.
Always oil and vinegar.
Stay away from restaurant prepared dressings. They usually have bad fat and a ton of sodium. You can make a healthy ranch at home, but restaurants usually make sauces with cost efficient ingredients. Ask for oil and vinegar.
*Tip- some restaurants pass off regular oil as olive oil. Purchase small bottles of olive oil and vinegar and bring it with you.
Don’t eat the bread.
Bread is made with a ton of sugar. Sugar turns into fat if it is not burned off. Also, white sugar is terrible for you.
Grilled is your friend or raw.
Stick with shrimp, salmon or chicken breast or a piece of steak that doesn’t have much fat.
Ask for no butter on your vegetables.
A lot of restaurants will automatically put margarine on their vegetables, that’s why it tastes so good. Use your oil, vinegar and pepper.
If you really want desert, ask for whip cream and fruit or a scoop of ice cream.
Salads may not be your best friend.
Cheeses, croutons (bread), bacon, eggs, all add on fats, which turn into empty calories.
If you want drinks, not all wine is bad for you. If you are looking for a low calorie drink vodka, soda is the winner.