out is such a convenience it's fast, no need to
clean up after meals and there is certainly a
wide variety of gastronomical choices but when
you're on a strict diet or just trying to eat
healthy, a trip to your favorite restaurant can
be a bit tricky. Here are some tips to get you
a plan. Know what you want and can eat. In
that way when that cardboard showcasing all those
scrumptious food and drinks is handed to you,
you will no longer be confronted with a lot of
choices. If you can, check the menu ahead of time.
and you will receive. Don't be apprehensive
about asking the restaurant for special orders.
If you want your meal to be less salty, oily or
want to trade pork with white chicken meat, then
say so. The cook is often more than happy to oblige
the side. When ordering salads or other dishes
that require sauces, order the dressing or gravy
on the side, so that you can have control over
how much you put on your food. Or else, you can
also bring your own dressing it's cheaper and
healthier for you.
is good. Don't stuff yourself with food in
one sitting. Eat slowly, chew your food and if
you can, savor each flavor, think of how good
it is and breathe. It usually takes your stomach
a while to tell your brain that it is full. Do
not be guilty about not finishing your food right
there and then. Most of the meals served in restaurants
are meant for two to four servings anyway. Just
eat half and have the rest wrapped to go.
not what you eat, but what kind you eat.
When ordering fish for example, go for salmon
or tilapia which contains high protein. If it's
steaks you like, a sirloin or tenderloin will
be better that those prime ribs. Pasta with tomato-based
sauce is a good choice than the cream-based ones
made of cheese and other fat-laden ingredients.
Tomato-based dishes are low in fat and calories
and can also count as your dose of veggie. Same
goes for soups: choose broth-based soups with
veggies rather than those creamy ones.
isn't that bad unless you stuff yourself with
too much hot fudge sundae and pastries. If you
find yourself craving for some sweets, any fruit,
and a fruit yogurt or sherbet are great substitutes.
You can also try tasting just a spoonful of your
tablemate's dessert. This may be enough to wash
off that craving.
should you dine out or keep out? It's all up to
you but when you have these tips, I can't see
why you can't grab yourself a bite while enjoying
the ambiance at your favorite restaurant.