HOW TO EAT HEALTHY OUT
For me, personally, I eat out and get takeout far more than I actually cook. With the hustle and bustle of today’s society it seems like it is just easier to grab something out or go through the hot bar at Whole Foods. I hear that cooking at home is on the upswing and I completely love the fact that Blue Apron seems to be treating on the internet and is helping to promote ‘the cook at home movement’ but for those of us who have yet to find the time/have not made the effort to find the time to eat at home I thought I would share a few healthy tips for eating out.
My biggest pet peeves when it comes to eating out are when food is over salted and when the portions are so big that they could easily feed a family of four. Sorry not sorry, but I do not like my food to be pre seasoned to mantra ‘salty like the ocean’ and I prefer to have a serving size fitting for one person per plate. Needless to say it is not always easy healthy when eating out, but it can definitely be done!
Here are my tips for eating out healthy:
1. Just because there is food in front of you does not mean you have to eat it all. Only eat till you are full, not till you are stuffed beyond belief.
2. Eat slowly// this one can be a little harder than one would think, especially if you are eating with someone who eats ridiculously fast. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to send the message that you are full. If you eat fast you will probably over eat, but those who eat slower will be comfortably satisfied later.
3. Substitute// You can replace French fries with fruits, veggies, or a side salad. I will confess on this one I usually just try to use some self control and go for the French fries. Let’s face facts, everyone loves French fries!
4. Order Fish// Fish is healthy and less fatty than most things on a restaurant menu
5. Check out the appetizers// if a restaurant has a good selection of veggie appetizers and seafood/meat, consider ordering two appetizers versus one large entrée
6. Skip dessert// I have the biggest week spot for ice cream and could definitely just eat a big bowl of vanilla chocolate chip ice cream with hot chocolate sauce and whip cream to top it off. But more often than not it is better to skip the rich deserts that are offered out and have a cup of sorbet or a small piece of chocolate or candy when you get home to satisfy that sweet tooth
7. Drinkwater// Drinking water through out the meal will help you to slow the pace you are eating at and allow you to enjoy the food more