If you love eating out, you can still maintain your commitment to healthy nutrition. Use the tips below to maintain your lifestyle that includes frequent eating out while incorporating a healthier diet into your lifestyle.
When you eat out, plan on ordering a meal that leaves room for you to pay a bit extra to substitute vegetables or a salad for another less-healthy side dish such as fries. Even fast-food restaurants frequently have opportunities for you to modify your order. If you cannot make a substitution, order a different meal and avoid that restaurant in the future.
Examine the menu for healthy alternatives and consider limiting your meal choice to one of these healthy alternatives. If weight management is part of your nutrition concerns, be careful about healthy meals that still contain more calories than you should be consuming for a particular meal.
If you’re dining out with someone you know well, consider paying a shared meal price instead of ordering two separate meals. The shared meal price is an added charge for an extra plate. If you are uncomfortable with suggesting sharing a meal, choose a menu item that meets your nutrition goals.
Ask your server about the ingredients in sauces and dressings, or request that sauces and dressings be served on the side. From fats to salt to sugar, the sauce used on otherwise healthy food, such as a grilled chicken breast, can contribute unhealthy ingredients to your diet.
Look around your area and learn about the menus of various eating establishments to create a ready list of places that serve foods that meet your nutritional goals. This gives you some options to recommend if someone suggests you go out to eat as a social activity.
If you eat out because you’re too tired to prepare food at night, force yourself to choose menu items that are healthy, such as salads, to go along with your less healthy food choice, such as pizza. Instead of filling up on too much of a high calorie food, in that way you’ll also include other helpful ingredients for a healthy diet.
Consider flipping your menu choices from a dinner with a salad to a salad with a side dish or appetizer that satisfies your taste buds’ wish for a different flavor. In this way, you’ll be eating salad for lunch or dinner rather than some other food item with salad for dinner.
When you are eating out, don’t buy meals with dessert included in their price to avoid too many calories and unhealthy ingredients in your diet. Similarly, if you drink water, avoid purchasing meals that come with an unhealthy drink, and choose water instead. You can also ask your server not to bring bread to the table while you’re waiting for your meal.
Eating out does not mean you have to sacrifice good nutrition. Use the suggestions above to incorporate your love of eating out into a meaningful part of maintaining good nutrition as part of your healthy lifestyle.