Cutting your calories and getting on that attainable workout routine is something we’re always working toward. It can be challenging, for sure, but nothing tempts any of us more than going out to a restaurant that we know has a delicious lineup full of strategy busting calories.
Thanks to our in-house registered dietician Judy Kolish, however, we’re able to arm ourselves with education in time for a night out at a great restaurant without going too off course from our dietary track.
Let’s start off easy and make sure that we’re aware of the questions that we’re asking ourselves. Be mindful when eating and planning your meal.
Here are a few things to ask yourself when planning on eating out: Do I know much about the food choices at this restaurant? Do I have a choice of restaurants? Is this a chain restaurant?
What changes can I make to dishes to make them healthier?
Restaurants often have a light or reduced calorie menu – choose from it for the better-for-you options. Be careful, however, because even though restaurants list lighter options, they may still carry anywhere from 800-1,000 calories.
How do I eat out healthily?
What else can I look out for?
Knowing your terminology is important as well. When you see words like “smothered” (covered in some high calorie, high sodium sauce) or “glazed” (added sweeteners), it usually means that there are some added calories in that food although it may seem healthy. Look out for “Crispy” or “crusted” which usually means fried or breaded and aioli sauces are mayonnaise based.
Ultimately, what should I take into consideration?
Then, make a decision on what it is you’re ordering and how much:
Making sure that you’re aware of what you’re having for dinner is probably the most important aspect to making sure you’re eating the healthiest meal. Asking yourself these initial questions will help put these other tips into effect.
Do you have any tips for us? Let us know in the comments below!
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