Eating out can make you anxious and frustrated if you are the type of person who is concerned about healthy eating. Because serving portions are often excessive, you could be eating more than you need. And it’s quite easier for you to eat more calories than you would want to because you don’t really know what goes into the food they serve.
But you don’t need to stress yourself too much about it. Having healthy eating habits doesn’t mean you need to exclude yourself and avoid going out with friends to dinner. Here are a few tips to remember on how to eat healthy when dining out with friends.
You can inspect their menu first before going out to any place. This way, you know what type of food the place serves, especially if it will be your first time to dine there. Some restaurants include calorie counts beside the dishes to guide healthy eaters who are conscious about their calorie intake – this is helpful. There are times you see ‘healthy’ or ‘light’ sections on menus. This helps you avoid those dishes that are calorie-rich, with cheesy and creamy sauces.
At times, you don’t know how a certain dish is prepared or what its ingredients are, but you can inquire from your server. Is it baked or fried, or is there additional ingredients like oils or creams in the recipe? You can make an informed decision about your order instead of ending up with food that is not as healthy as you think it is.
Restaurants usually give you side orders of potatoes and fries with their dishes. If you ask your server if they can serve you a leafy salad instead when you order, they usually agree with you. If you can’t avoid the potatoes, just make sure you avoid the sour cream.
It is good to ask politely if you want your restaurant to adjust to your special requests. You can ask sauces or cheese to be removed from your order, if you think it is too much, and the dish is healthy. Sometimes, it’s better for you to request a separate dish for your sauces so you can choose how much to put. But it would be better for you to always ask for dressings and sauces on a separate side dish, as restaurants tend to splash them plenty on green salads.
You know that starters and desserts are often unnecessary. But if you are in the mood, pick a starter instead of a dessert. Look for a soup that is not cream-based. But the best thing to have are salads, without the bacon or cheese.
And, if you can’t avoid it, have only a glass of wine.