Tips & Tricks for Healthy Eating Out
A healthy lifestyle is all about balance. That means enjoying everything that life has to offer, and that includes eating out. Of course, you still have to be careful when you head out to dine, because that fun night out could turn into you falling off the wagon in a big way.
So, here’s how you can have your (healthy) cake and eat (a portion) of it too!
Watch Your Portions
Sometimes it’s not what you eat, but how much you eat. If you’re heading out for pasta, you could order the entrée size or share a main with your friend to make sure you don’t get too much of a good thing. You could even order two entrees instead of a main, and that way you get to taste two different things and you’ll keep your portions down.
Don’t Drink Cocktails
Cocktails are full of calories and sugar. If you have two or three cocktails, you will have consumed a massive amount of calories, and you'll add a lot to your bill. If you want to save up all your spare calories for the meal, stick with sparkling water. If you're going to enjoy a drink with your meal, go for a glass of red wine, a vodka, lime and soda or a beer. These all contain the fewest calories and sugar, so you can indulge in a glass or two without throwing the diet out the window.
Go to Plant-Based Options
A plant-based meal is one that includes a lot of vegetables. You can even tailor your meal to make sure it is comprised mostly of plants with fewer proteins, fats and refined carbs. For example, you could choose a veggie pasta with a half-serve of vegetables or order a steak or fish dish with an extra side of vegetables. That way you eat only half the protein and take the rest home. Vegetables are both filling and low-calorie, so you can fill up without overindulging.
Leave Out the Bread and Rice
Bread and rice are empty carbs that you don’t need. If you’re going out for Indian or Thai, why not enjoy the curry with some extra vegetables or even some potato? If the bread basket is getting passed around, just donate your bread to someone else and enjoy your meal on an empty stomach.
What are Your Trying to Achieve?
Different people are at various stages of their health journey. If you've got healthy eating and lifestyle on lock, then you probably already know how to have the occasional indulgence without going overboard. But, if you've been struggling to put the right steps in place, take going out for a meal as a challenge. The more dinners you get through the closer you are to getting to that stage where you can have the bread, main, dessert and a bottle of wine and still be on track.
Make Up For It
If you go out for dinner, make sure you jump straight back into exercise the next day. Have your activewear set out next to your bed, so all you have to do is put it on and get straight to it. You should also try and consume fewer calories the day after to give your metabolism a break.
Faye C 💕