Tips For Smart Eating When Eating Out

Are you watching your calories when you eat out? Luckily, most restaurants in today’s market are offering plenty of options especially for people who are paying attention to what they eat. Here are some tips which may make it easier for you to make the best of your meals out, while still sticking to a healthful eating plan and not blowing it on calories.

If you order a salad, which you should definitely do, make sure that any sauces or dressings come on the side, so that you may have complete control of how much or how little you add to the salad.

If you plan on ordering anything grilled like fish or vegetables make a point to ask that either light butter or oil is added, or that no butter or oil is added. You would not believe how many calories you can save by cutting down on the oils that your food is cooked in.

If you plan on ordering a pasta dish, you should make a point to look for sauces that are tomato based, rather than opting for a cream based sauce. Sauces that are tomato based tend to be much lower both in fats and calories, plus they count as a vegetable!

Rather thank drinking regular soda or alcoholic beverages while eating out, opt for water, unsweetened tea, unsweetened coffee or diet soda.

Share an appetizer or a dessert with a friend, because half of a meal is half of the calories. You do not need to eat the whole thing by yourself, especially if you are waiting for an entrée or just finished one.

If you plan on ordering a soup, try to choose something which is not cream based, because those soups tend to be much higher both in calories and fat. Soup serves as a great appetizer before a main entrée, allowing you to fill up so you eat less of the foods with higher fat and calorie content.

Instead of requesting a starchy side dish like potatoes, request steamed vegetables.

If you plan on ordering a baked potato, you should ask for salsa which is low in calories instead of opting for sour cream, bacon, cheese or butter. Salsa adds a lot of flavors with very few calories.

When you first receive your meal, cut it in half immediately and plan to take half of your meal home with you. This second half can easily serve as a second meal, creating two meals for a single price. So when you order your meal, you can actually ask for a doggie bag or a box right away, that way you can put the second half of your meal out of sight, and out of mind. Talk about some seriously easy portion control!

There are a lot of tips that you can follow to save yourself some serious calories and fat. If you are trying to stick to a healthful eating plan, you simply need to be willing to make substitutions, to drink a lot of water during your meal, and to make sure that you do not fall into the portion trap that many restaurants create.

Article written by Charlie Morris, a restaurant connoisseur. His passions include his hand picked restaurant directory [], eating out and eating in.

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