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How To Eat Healthily At Restaurants

Eating out is a regular part of modern day life. Indeed, with our hectic lifestyle, dining in restaurants is nearly compulsory. Juggling between a busy work schedule, being a part time taxi service for your children and visiting friends there seems to be less and less time to be able to eat. So we naturally turn to eating out. Anything from a “sandwich to go” to a quick food snack right up to a full restaurant meal, maybe to celebrate an anniversary, birthday or just as a treat.

Some restaurants mark healthier options on their menu, but they’re still in the minority. So what do you do if you want to eat healthily but don’t want to opt for yet another salad?

1. Read the Restaurant Menu

Even if healthy dishes are specially flagged, you can get a clue from the description. Cream or cheese sauces could be high stout, but if they’re only drizzled over the main course then maybe not too much hurt will be done. Check how the food is cooked: broiled will be less fatty than deep fried, for instance. High sugar content is less simple to judge, except in the really obvious situations like a Chinese sweet and sour dish. But if something is glazed, that may well be a clue. If necessary, question your waitress for more information. Most of them will be glad to help out.

2. Go Simple on Fried Foods

You’ve chosen the healthy option of a broiled fish fillet but what about the fries that accompany it? Most restaurants will let you swap those fries for something else on the menu but obviously it’s your job to remember to question. Even salads may need to come with a warning if the restaurant doesn’t allow you to add your own dressing – many salad dressings are heavy in stout.

3. Check the Children’s Menu

Even if the main restaurant has healthy options, many children’s menus haven’t went with the times and will be full of pizza slices, deep fried chicken nuggets or even fried mozzarella. Double check what is offered on the children’s menu and don’t be worried to question for substitutes if it isn’t up to scratch.

4. Eat Healthy Part Sizes

Sharing dishes are becoming more common. You may be able to share a “platter for two” between three of you. Some starters may be large enough to share even if they’re not specially marked as being shared. Italian restaurants often offer the same dish as a starter or a main course. You may find that the “starter” size is really huge enough for your main.

5. Check Ethnic Restaurants

Chinese, Indian and other ethnic restaurants often encourage the sharing of dishes. The flavors make an exciting alternative to yet another pizza or burger. Experiment with a selection of dishes, share rice between two of you and expand your food horizons at the same time.

Whilst eating healthily at restaurants isn’t always as simple as we’d like, it is certainly possible and doesn’t have fall into the dull category. Indeed, you can use eating out to widen your food repertoire and experiment with dishes that you wouldn’t have the time or patience to make at home.

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