Eating healthy at Restaurant

  • reload16

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    May 22, 2010 8:46 AM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I am pretty good when it comes to eating healthy at home because I make everything from scratch.

    But I was just curious about some tips you guys follow to eating healthy at restaurants.

    I typically eat out at restaurants for social, family and sometimes work related reasons.


    some tips that I already use: skipping any types of fried foods, avoid bread and butter, skipping deserts (unless its fruit)
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    May 22, 2010 10:57 AM GMT
    I try to avoid meals that the majority of it consists of bread or rice which is hard in an Asian restaurant. And if it's a soup based meal I go for a clear stock. But it's come down to balance, I prefer a meal that's 3/5ths vegetable, and 1/5th meat and carbs each which makes me take ages looking through the menu!
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    May 22, 2010 11:22 AM GMT
    The universal catch-all: Get a salad.
    Other than that, just choose your foods wisely, and remember that it only takes a few extra minutes of cardio to work off a few extra carbs and calories.
  • calibro

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    May 22, 2010 4:47 PM GMT
    Do your research before you go out. Many places now list their nutritional information online.
  • Midas426

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    May 22, 2010 5:01 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidThe universal catch-all: Get a salad.
    Other than that, just choose your foods wisely, and remember that it only takes a few extra minutes of cardio to work off a few extra carbs and calories.
    As long as the salad isn't overloaded with dressings and other forms of fat.
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    May 22, 2010 7:00 PM GMT
    Always think where the flavour comes from. It can be sugar, salt, fat or real flavour. Avoid stuff that relies on sugar and fat for flavour. Beware, for example, of salads that are full of cheap cheese. Grilled salmon or chicken is always a good option.
  • reload16

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    May 22, 2010 11:43 PM GMT
    thanks for the tips!

    much apreciated icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 23, 2010 1:05 AM GMT
    i only look at their vegetarian options which are usually limited .
    usually no drinks... but a perrier or water.. well ok, once every 3-4 months i'll have a beer on tap.

    no desserts unless it's a really special occasion, but i finish with an espresso most of the time.

    if there's nothing vegetarian worth trying, i'll go for fish .
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    May 25, 2010 4:08 AM GMT
    Steamed, grilled or baked with sauce on the side, using no more than a teaspoon of sauce.
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    May 25, 2010 4:51 AM GMT
    Even if the main entree sounds healthy, a lot of times it'll be paired with something a little less healthy like a mountain of fries. You should feel comfortable asking your server to switch it with something like steamed vegetables or a salad. Most places will be happy to do so.
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    May 25, 2010 5:14 AM GMT
    Don't be afraid to ask them to change something on the menu or make something from scratch. I'm vegan and sometimes when I go out for family meals there is NOTHING I can eat from the menu, so I'll ask them to remove the meat from a salad etc or a few times I've actually asked them to make up something for me. Or tell the sever your dietary concerns and ask what they'd recommend, they should know what's good and what's bad.