“I am following a strict diet all 5 days a week, but on weekends all my efforts go down the drain as I sometimes dine out with my family on weekends”.
“I was having lunch with my friends, hence ate outside”.
“I had dinner meeting with the clients at XYZ restaurant”. “It was my farewell party, so had to take my colleagues out to this new eatery opened in town”.
Each one of us has one such story to tell, while eating out. While most of us are getting conscious about the food choices we make or watching our portions, but we can’t follow that all time, while eating out. So, can we ever eat out without guilt and compromising our diet? The answer is “Yes!”
We generally overlook the menu at the restaurant or sometimes we just order what we like. But, on that menu card, we miss out on some healthy and nutritious meal, which will not disturb our healthy meal patterns.
However, this does not mean that you should be indulging in eating out all the time. Restrict yourself for restaurant outing, just once a week.
So, what we can eat while eating out?
Make a healthy start with healthy starters:
1) Soups: Make a wiser choice between clear soup and creamy soup. Tum yum, Wanton, Mexican tomato soup are something to look out for.
2) Salad: Be careful with those fattening salad dressings. While ordering salad, make sure you get complete benefit of that salad. Load yourself with salad like Greek salad, Cous Cous salad, Vinaigrette based salad like fruits ‘N’ nut salad or salad which are lightly tossed in olive oil.
3) Appetizers: Beware of deep fried stuff while choosing appetizers. Best way is to follow GPRS rule! Rule is simple, G = Grilled, P = Poached, R = Roasted and S = Sauteed. Next time, see to it that your tempting appetizers fall in the above category.
Make a healthy move with a Main Course
Clay Oven Pizza: This is one such food, you can make as healthy as possible or it can be a complete disaster if made with wrong choices. Go for the thin crust wheat base. Make it wholesome by opting for healthy toppings like Sun dried tomatoes, olives, bell peppers, grilled chicken or seafood. Avoid bacon, pepperoni, sausages as topping to avoid excess saturation of calories. Ask the chef to add minimal cheese on your pizza.
Japanese, Thai and Mediterranean cuisine: Good news for Japanese, Thai and Mediterranean food lovers. These cuisines are considered as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. They are perfect blend of healthy food like beans, nuts, fruits, olive oil, whole grains (Mediterranean). Bamboo shoots, seasoned broth, shiitake mushrooms, sea vegetables like seaweed, make the Japanese cuisine, one of the best cuisine in the world. (But watch out for rice portions as it can cause spike in the blood sugar).
Tandoor Items: How can Indian cuisine be behind in the race for healthiest cuisine, when we have one of the healthy cooking method– Tandoor! Any tandoor dishes are way healthy than the dishes floating with butter or oil on the top. You will have a wide spread of variety in this section, right from tandoori roti (without butter) to tandoori mushrooms, baby corn to tandoori chicken or fish.
So, next time when you visit any restaurant or having brunch at friend’s place, your demand for healthy eating will be fulfilled with the wise choices you make!! Enjoy healthy eating out!