Healthy Tips For Eating At Restaurants
No matter how good you’re eating in your day to day life, a common pitfall for Moms is when it comes time to eat out as a restaurant. There’s a certain self-consciousness that prevents us from wanting to ask too many questions about what’s on the menu and how it’s prepared, but on the flip side these things are important to know when you’re trying to watch what you eat. Some restaurants serve meals that will put you over your daily limits for calories, fat, sodium… Just in one meal! They’re trying to make the food as delicious as possible, and often that means having little regard for the food’s nutritional value. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you’re eating out.
Salad Isn’t Always Good For You
A salad with a rich, creamy sauce covered with cheese and bacon isn’t really going to be much healthier for you than a bowl of pasta or whatever else you’re voiding at the restaurant. Salad can be very misleading! Add in some croutons, and you might as well be having a cheeseburger.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask
Don’t be nervous to ask about the nutritional information on the menu. Some restaurants have special sections of the menu to highlight healthy foods, but many still don’t so you’re kind of rolling the dice when you order something. If your server gives you an attitude for asking this, they’re out of line because in many places it’s against the law to not provide nutritional information.
You Don’t Have To Lick Your Plate Clean
Alright, if there’s not really any healthier options where you’re eating, and you don’t want to be sour grapes and just order a water or coffee, keep this in mind. You’re out for a meal, so enjoy it! It’s okay to cheat on your diet sometimes, but the most important thing to remember at a restaurant is portion control. If you’re having a 1000 calorie meal, you don’t need to finish all of it. Some restaurant meals can even be upwards of 2000 calories, for some people that’s more than they should be eating in an entire day. If you only finish half, you’re getting the enjoyment of having a nice meal out and literally cutting the calories in half. You could take it home with you to finish another day, or just leave it on your plate and be proud of the extra calories you didn’t take in, while still being able to enjoy your dinner without making a big deal out of the nutrition.
Keeping things in perspective…
One meal out isn’t going to make or break your overall fitness goals, but hopefully these tips will help you the next time you’re out for dinner and you don’t want to make a big deal out of the nutritional specifications of the meal, but you also don’t want to gain a pound or two from one meal.