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How to Eat Healthy When Eating Out

You and your family may love going to various restaurants in order to eat different food but the amount of food that you are eating plus the different choices that you eat when you are out is taking a toll on your health.

It can be different when you are eating at home. You can always find out more about the different recipes that you can cook at home that are yummy and healthy at the same time. Gone are the days when healthy automatically means bland. There are a lot of better choices available now.

You have to realize that there are still a lot of healthy options that are available when you are eating out. You just have to know what the better choices are so that you will not find yourself gaining weight because of eating at various restaurants.

How to Eat Healthy When Eating Out

Here are some tips that you have to remember:

  • Steer away from anything that has been labelled as “pan fried.”

You may think that you are choosing the healthier option because you are choosing pan fried fish over the steamed pork but you have to think about the amount of oil that the fish has already absorbed during its deep frying session. Even if the fish has been cooked in healthy oil like canola, you will still be eating too much of it.

  • When choosing side dishes, choose veggies.

There are some restaurants that give you the option to choose your side dish. For example, you may be asked to choose from a cup of rice, mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. The healthiest option is obvious. You need to choose the mixed vegetables. You can even make it healthier by requesting that the vegetables will be steamed instead of buttered.

  • Ask how food was prepared.

You may automatically go to the “healthy” and “lite” options that you will see on the menu but you cannot be entirely sure if the food that you are going to eat is healthy. Make sure that you will choose food that is not high in calories and fat so that you can eat without feeling guilty.

  • Split your food with someone else.

If you cannot resist ordering the food that you want to eat, you will be able to satisfy your craving and not get all the calories if you would split your food with someone else. Just make sure that your partner also likes the food that you are going to order so that you will both be happy with the set up.

  • Be wary of the salad that you are going to pick out.

You may assume that since you are going to order a salad, you are automatically choosing something that is healthy but this is not true. There are some salads that are full of dressing and other fatty ingredients so all the vegetables will be lost all over the creamy sauce. Remember that salads should be composed more of vegetables and probably some fruits instead of dressing.

If you would follow the tips that are mentioned above, you know that it will be easier for you to pick the right food from the menu that will not cause you to gain weight in the process.