WPG Health Update: How To Go Out To Eat and Still Eat Healthy
You think you have this whole healthy eating thing down. You've been looking up recipes, planning out meals, and you're feeling healthier already. And then it happens. The dreaded text. "Let's go out to eat tomorrow."
You're already picturing your new diet plan going down the drain. But don't panic. There are ways to go out to eat and still eat healthy, no matter what restaurant your friends decide to go to.
Look for an entree and sides that contain a lean protein, veggies, healthy fats, and complex carbs. Try chicken, some broccoli, and a sweet potato. Drizzle it in olive oil.
Don't be afraid to ask for modifications- have meat grilled instead of fried, substitute whole-wheat pasta for white, and replace sour cream with guac.
Separate your food in half. Eat one half and save the other for later.
You're more likely to order what you've planned if you're not being tempted by everyone else's order.
Most restaurants have their menus online with nutrition information so you can plan ahead. There are also websites such as eatthis.com and cookinglight.com that give you your best options for chain restaurants.