Going out for dinner can be one of the greatest traditions and pleasures in America. To put it simply: Americans love to eat. Dining out gives us the benefit of a delicious meal without the chore of having to spend time preparing it. However, for those aiming for a healthy lifestyle, dining out can be rife with unhealthy temptations.
With the advent of fast food, much of eating out lies in the pleasure of eating fatty, calorie-loaded foods without the guilt of knowing exactly what was in them. Recent food documentaries have sought to show us the error of our ways, but many people still indulge in more food, with more fat, than what they would eat at home. Dining out doesn’t have to become an overly expensive and unhealthy endeavor, included here are a few tips to make your dinner out more healthy.
The first key to staying healthy in the midst of a dinner out is paying close attention to portion control. Most healthy individuals will tell you the key to good health is in enjoying everything in moderation. This means, don’t overdo it on one food when you go out.
For example, eating pizza with friends can be part of a healthy lifestyle, as long as you limit yourself to one or two slices and then fill up at the salad bar. Just because you are eating out does not mean you need to overindulge. Stick to the same healthy portions you adhere to at home and you will stay in fighting condition.
One trick to avoiding overindulging in fatty foods is in having a healthy snack or meal before going out. Yes, it seems counterintuitive to eat before going out to dinner, but often this “pre-eating” episode will help you stay thin and keep your wallet fat.
For healthy pre-eating snacks, consider eating a boiled egg, bowl of fresh veggies, or a cup of yogurt with granola. All of these foods should give you an initial boost to being full and fill you with nutritious vitamins. You will also save a lot of money if you choose to pre-eat before dining out; considering that you may be able to eat only an appetizer when going out instead of a full meal!
Many diet killers include the hidden calories present in your favorite beverage. Whether it is a sugary soda or a malty beer, you are facing a large amount of empty calories in those delicious drinks. Keeping yourself healthy can be as simple as practicing moderation in the drinking department.
Limit yourself to one cocktail or beer every two hours, and sip your beverages slowly. Similarly, when indulging in sugary sodas, consider watering them down slightly, or switching to a beverage like unsweetened tea. With countless experts saying sugar is the culprit behind an obese America, it makes sense to cut back!