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May 18, 2012, 9:55 am betterhomesgardens
Do you love to dine out? Enjoy a restaurant meal without the guilt and piling on the kilos, thanks to these tasty tips.
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Whether you’ve been invited to a restaurant or you simply fancy a night off from cooking, it doesn’t mean your commitment to healthy eating has to disappear. It’s true that when we dine out, we generally consume far more kilojoules than we do at home, which is why so many weight-loss experts encourage staying put and enjoying a nutritious meal you’ve prepared yourself. The problem with this advice is that it’s unrealistic for most of us. So, if you’re treating yourself (or being treated) to a meal out, here’s how you can be smart about it.
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1. Avoid buffets. Variety leads to excess. If you must eat at a buffet, scout it out first. Decide what you’ll have before you start loading up, then begin by filling half your plate with vegetables.
2. Be first to order. You’ll be less influenced by others’ choices, and you might even get the whole table eating healthier!
3. Sit next to an angel. Just being in close proximity to someone who’s equally concerned about healthy eating will encourage you to stay on track.
4. Modify everything. Request sauces, butter, gravy and sour cream on the side. Instead of chips, order a baked potato, or a small salad instead of coleslaw. Ask the waiter or the cook for suggestions on how to make a particular dish healthier. They hear good ideas from other customers all the time.
5. Go vegetarian. There are always exceptions (eggplant parmigiana anyone?) but vegetarian meals are generally a healthier choice. Try to order the meat-free option at least once a week.
6. Bring some home. Doggie bags are so commonly used now that many people even bring their own containers to cut down onn wasted packaging. If you really want to try a meal you know will be oversized, ask the waiter to pack half in the doggie bag before it leaves the kitchen.
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What should I eat when I'm out?Starters:
- Limit the bread. Enjoy one serving, then move the rest well out of reach.Drinks:
- Replace your first course with juice. A glass of high-fibre fruit or veg juice contains far less kilojoules than many starters. For example, two small spring rolls are about 840 kilojoules. Compare that with a 250ml glass of V8 Apple, Carrot and Ginger, which comes in at 488. Also, drinking juice helps fill you up, so you’ll eat less during the meal.Salads:
- Go easy on extras. Grated cheese, croutons and fried noodles can add hundreds of kilojoules and lots of saturated fat to an otherwise healthy salad, so it’s best to go without.Mains
- Learn the code. Look for mains that are grilled, broiled, au jus, or from lean cuts such as loin or flank. Avoid items described as crispy, pan-fried or tempura. Ask for fish and vegetables to be grilled dry, or lightly in olive oil, and use lemon juice to zest them up.Desserts
- End the meal sweetly. Have a mint or a piece of sugar-free gum, or brush your teeth soon after eating to signal to your body that the meal is over.
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