Often we find ourselves having a successful time period of keeping a healthy diet. Things are going well. You’re sticking to your nutrition plan, and its growing on you. You feel healthier, and the results are paying off. Sooner or later you are going to find yourself dining out. Just like the movie theater popcorn lures you in, potato skins as an appetizer followed by a huge burger and fries sounds so good. Truth be told, it will be good, but immediately after will leave you wondering why you just ate all that, and had a lapse in your good nutrition habits. Eating out is a part of our culture, so sooner or later you will find yourself at a restaurant. The good news is there are healthy choices you can make, that are just as delicious.
Step one to healthy eating habits is, well, healthy drinking habits. Stay away from the cokes and pepsis. Diet soda is just fine, although you may not want the caffeine in your diet. Better alternative’s are fresh orange juice, milk, or hey how about just some water. Is the water to boring? Try water with lemon. You may be thinking that juices and milk have the same or more calories as soda, which may be true. However, soda contains “empty” calories that your body has no need for. Drinks like milk and juice will actually provide nutrients.
Another thing to consider is choosing your appetizers wisely, if at all. It’s important to stay away from the buttery, fried, filler snacks. They typically have no nutritional value. Some appetizers you might consider choosing are spinach dips, lettuce wraps, house salads, whole grain rolls, and different grilled options as opposed to fried. The important thing to remember as well is, you do not need an appetizer, and it might even ruin your appetite for the meal. Realistically you would be better off enjoying a beer, and saving money in the process.
Finally it comes down to the main course. The obvious choice for health would be to order a salad, but there are other options as well. Sandwiches are always a good choice. Maybe, a turkey sandwich with swiss and avocado? Another great option is fish, preferably without all the breading. When choosing your side, stay away from the oversized basket of fries. Even a baked potato is better, but try mixing it up with some wild rice, steamed to perfection vegetables, or a bowl of soup. Maybe a burger isn’t always the best choice, but it also isn’t the worst with the right sides. Just don’t pile on bacon, extra cheese, and all those other heart stopping toppings.
There’s nothing wrong with dining out once in a while. Just make it a point to make healthy choices. One option you might consider is drinking a few glasses of water before your meal. Portion size plays a huge role. Eat healthy, be healthy. if you have to get that burger and fries once in a while with everything on it, eat half, or split it with your date. Then you’ll save calories and salaries.
This article was written by Thomas Rudy who writes for acnecentre.com, a website that specializes in acne treatment.