You might be surprised to know that according to the National Restaurant Association, Americans eat about 24% of their meals in restaurants. You will find similar figures in other countries as well.
People enjoy dining out due to the tasty food and nice environment while spending quality time with family and friends.
However, restaurant food is not always healthy due to the ingredients they use.
You will find food drenched in cream, sauces, butter, and other unhealthy ingredients to make them tastier. However, if you want you can eat healthy in restaurants as well. Here are some tips that will help you to eat healthy in restaurants.
Choose a restaurant before heading out
Thanks to the internet, you can search for restaurants online and even get their menu. So, find restaurants that have healthy meal options. That way you won’t be forced to eat unhealthy food. Try to look for whole-grain and green options.
Choose the menu depending on how the food has been cooked. Look out for food that says ‘grilled’, ‘boiled’, or ‘steamed’ instead of ‘fried’, ‘crispy’ or ‘crunchy’. That way you will be able to consume fat that you get from oil or butter.
Portion of food
Make sure to choose a small portion of food. For example, if there are different size options for sandwiches then choose the smallest size. If there are regular, medium and large options on the menu then choose the regular size. That way you will be eating less.
Don’t just start eating quickly once the food arrives. Try to be mindful and enjoy the aroma and taste of the food. Focus on what you are eating; that way you will be able to prevent overeating.
Our brain takes about 20 minutes to realize that we are eating food and not hungry anymore. So, eat slowly to give the brain time to respond; otherwise, you will end up overeating.
Choose drinks carefully
Most beverages contain a lot of calories; for example, 30 ounces of soda has about 300 calories. Instead of going for high-calorie drinks, you should opt for mineral water, sparkling water or unsweetened tea.
Avoid eating dessert
We tend to eat dessert after the main meal. The restaurant menus also contain mouth-watering desserts that are hard to resist. Try to avoid them and have tea or coffee instead.
When dining out you can easily choose healthy meal options. These tips will help you to avoid consuming too many calories when eating in restaurants. That way you will be able to stay healthy.