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Eat smart when you eat out

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When you go
out to restaurants, chances are that its menu is loaded with several diet busting options. You may find just one or two healthier options, while rest of the menu offers things that are high in calories and fat. Most people eat out some time and some people eat out all the time. Even eating out two or three times a week can derail your plan. The good news is that with a little knowledge, you can put together a healthier meal at almost any restaurant.

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Eat smart when you eat out

  1. 1. When you go out to restaurants, chances are that its menu is loaded with several diet busting options. You may find just one or two healthier options, while rest of the menu offers things that are high incalories and fat. Most people eat out some time and some people eat out all the time.Even eating out two or three times a week can derail your plan. The good news is that with a littleknowledge, you can put together a healthier meal at almost any restaurant.The DelicatessenA deli offers more control over what you eat. Most of the time, you are able to build your ownsandwich. Choose whole grain breads such as whole wheat, rye or pumpernickel. Meats at the delican be high in salt. Choose low fat turkey or low fat ham over pepperoni, salami and genoa. Goeasy on the cheeses. Have lots of veggies such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and spinach orlettuce.Chinese PlacesChinese restaurants offer lots of food high in sugary sauces. Stay away from deep fried foods suchas egg rolls, fried shrimp, chicken wings, chicken fingers and crab rangoon. Also avoid foods thatare dripping in sauces such as sweet and sour chicken or pork. Choose foods with less meat and lesssauce like brown rice and vegetables. Boiled, steamed or lightly stir fried seafood, chicken,vegetable or bean curd dishes are better options.Italian RestaurantsChoose pasta with marinara sauce instead of the creamy white or butter sauces such as Alfredo.Choose dishes like chicken cacciatore or piccata, grilled meat or fish, grilled eggplant pomodoro orpolenta and mushrooms. Avoid pastas stuffed with cheese or meat and topped with cheese. Bear inmind that “parmigiana” style translates to higher fat. If you like pizza, watch your portions andchoose thin crust whenever possible.Mexican PlacesChoose salsa as dips instead of a sour cream or cheese dips. Dishes like gazpacho soup, black beansoup or jicama with salsa are good choices. Choose dishes made with plain, soft tortillas and pickbaked entrees. Corn tortillas and Mexican rice are also good choices.
  2. 2. The PubPub fare is usually the hamburgers, onion rings and French fries. You can still find somethinghealthy at the pubs. Choose barbecued or grilled chicken, pot roast, meat loaf with tomato sauce,filet mignon, sirloin steak or turkey pita sandwich. Pubs are also generous with their portions, so goeasy even when you order lean.Whatever type of restaurant you choose, remember that dining out is supposed to be a pleasantexperience. Almost all restaurants can make slight changes to the preparation method toaccommodate you. Watch your portions even when you order healthy as it can add the calories also.Bring home leftovers or share with a friend or family. You should not feel pressured to eat theentire meal.Would you like to have more insider tips just like this one?Then I recommend joining Fitium.com, which is an online personalized diet system that featureseverything you need to not only lose weight, but stay at your ideal weight.Fitium features a personalized diet plan, easy to prepare meals tailored to your diet goal, as well ascoaching challenges designed by leading experts in nutrition and weight loss.Happy ending!

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