While you are on a particular diet regime, eating healthy outside can be a real challenge. Most of the meals and dishes are either full of sugar, oils and unnecessary sauces that build up the calories or lack in nutrients. Here are some tips how you can stay healthy and keep your stomach full while eating outside.
1. Eat Clean
If you are eating outside and try to stay healthy, always choose clean dishes. That means use clean cut meats that are either grilled, baked or slow cooked with a side dish of fresh salad or steamed vegetables. Never choose fried meat or vegetables that are full of unnecessary fats. Always ask the waiter if your food can be prepared the way you want.
2. Drink Fresh Water or Unsweetened Tea
Drinks like sodas and fruit juices usually contain the most calories and sugars. Try to cut the calories by choosing fresh water and unsweetened tea or lemonade without sugar. If you want to drink something alcoholic, choose white of red wine instead of sugary cocktails like margaritas.
3. Skip the Dessert
If you are not eating in a specifically healthy restaurant, chances are the desserts will be full of calories and sugars. If you love to eat dessert choose something light like fruit salad or Greek yogurt with berries.
4. Skip the dressings & bread
Salad and meat dressing usually contain the most calories. Use only apple cider vinegar, sea salt and olive oil for your salads and skip the bread and other pastries especially if you are having some as a side dish to your main meal. If you want to eat bread, ask a gluten-free, whole wheat or multi-grain bread.
5. Eat Only Fresh Salads
When you eat outside, always choose the fresh salads. There are too many salad options like pasta salad, potato salads and creamy salads with mayonnaise and sour creams. These can contain as many calories as a whole healthy dinner.
6. Share your meals
Ask your dining partner to share your meal with you. A lot of the times we eat too much even if we are not hungry. This way you will split the calories without being hungry.
7. Eat Appetizers
Healthy appetizers that contain protein can keep you full and even make you skip the whole main meal. Always choose appetizers with goat or mozzarella cheese, seafood like smoked salmon and grilled calamari or smashed avocado on whole grain toast.
8. Drink a Lot of Water
Drinking water before your meals can lower your appetite.It is proven that a lot of the times when we think we are hungry we are actually just dehydrated. Drink water before your meals and a little bit between them to keep yourself from overeating.