4 Tips To Eating Healthy While Eating Out!!!

4 Tips To Eating Healthy While Eating Out!!!

Many of my personal training clients ask me how they can still enjoy the occasional social outing without completely destroying their hard work they’ve put in all week. Eating out at a restaurant doesn’t have to sabotage your diet! Use smart-eating strategies: Plan ahead, consider the menu and study it, and choose foods carefully. Be deliberate when ordering your meal!

  • Choose Protein Wisely!!

Lean sources of protein that are broiled, poached, grilled, baked, or steamed tend to be lower in fat than those that are fried. You can’t go wrong with salmon, tilapia, sirloin, or chicken. Avoid those protein sources that are breaded or that come with cream sauce or gravy.

  • Skip The Bread and Head Straight For The Salad!!!

Many restaurants start your meal with a basket of bread. Don’t do it, politely decline!!! Instead look for freshly made salads and healthy greens that provide you with that much needed fiber and other nutrients that aid in digestion. Ask for dressing on the side so you can control the portion size. Choose reduced-fat salad dressings. Or choose oil-and-vinegar salad dressings instead of creamy dressings that are packed with fat.

  • Keep Your Meal Balanced!

Choose the complex carbohydrates that contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Brown rice, quinoa, potatoes, beans, peas and lentils are examples of complex carbs. Avoid those sides that can quickly send calories soaring including fries, chips, rice, noodles, onion rings, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, and mashed potatoes. Opt for baked potato and boost its nutritional value by topping it with vegetables, chili, or salsa. Even better, have a baked sweet potato and add cinnamon only, skip the butter!!!!

  • Don’t Drink Your Calories!!

Sodas and alcoholic beverages are a huge source of hidden sugar and calories. The average large soda packs around 300 calories. Stick to diet soda or iced tea and don’t be fooled by lemonade and fruit drinks, which add calories and sugar without much in the way of nutrients.

Many restaurants honor requests, so don’t be afraid to be assertive, ask menu questions regarding food preparation methods and make special requests to meet your nutritional needs. Remember it’s YOUR body so be picky!! For more information on making wise choices while eating out, nutrition and health, or if you’re frustrated with your level of fitness and have been thinking about hiring a personal trainer, contact us.

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