5 Hacks for Healthier Eating out
Americans have a deep fascination with eating out and more specifically fast-food. Eating out is not just food on the go but also convenience because it's much easier to go into a drive thru or sit down in an establishment that serves you as opposed to rummaging through the fridge and trying to put together a decent meal. So why go to the trouble of cooking your own food when eating out is so easy to get access to considering it's all around you, wherever you go.
As before, even if eating out is convenient, one can still pick out healthier foods on the menu. Much like downsizing portions from large-sized to small-sized, you can slowly pick out healthier foods or mix your usual choices up from time to time.
5 Hacks for Healthier Eating Out
1) Make Your Selections Before Leaving Home:
Just about all franchised restaurants and many independents have their menus online! The trick here is to look up the nutritional and caloric values before going to the restaurant and choose your meal beforehand! It's always best to analyze what you are putting into your body before you get there.
2) Start with A Salad:
Ordering a salad will fill you up long before your entrée arrives. Better still would be to have a dinner salad as your main entrée! And always as for the dressing on the side.
3) Pass the Basket:
I mean pass the basket of free goodies! Pass them to your spouse, to your friends or back to the server. Munching on the free breadsticks, chips & salsa or fried pickles is a mindless eating experience that you do not need.
4) “Have It Your Way”:
Just like the old Burger King commercials suggested—order it your way! Most restaurants will let you make requests. Order grilled instead of fried, get veggies instead of fries, have the sauces on the side, ask them to go light on the salt and so on.
5) Make Your Meal for Two:
Once your meal arrives, split in two, by either sharing with someone at the table or take it to-go for a second meal the next day at home!
When you keep a close eye on what you eat, there is really no excuse for blaming the food industry or anybody else for your unhealthy shape or inability to lose weight. Eating out is a convenience but you alone are responsible for what you eat, and you have a choice which is why it's best when starting off on the path to a healthier lifestyle to keep a close watch on the foods you eat.
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