Eating out can cause you to make poor food choices, many of the foods on the menu are not good for your health! This article is going to talk about a few steps that you can take in order to eat healthy anywhere you go.
The first thing that we need to establish is why restaurant food can be so unhealthy. Many of the foods that are prepared at restaurants contain a high amount of calories, fat and sodium. We need moderate amounts of all of these things, but eating too many calories can lead to weight gain, too much fat can cause many diseases (including heart disease), and sodium can cause high blood pressure.
Restaurant foods include these things because there are many ingredients that are added in order to make the food taste good. Of course the store wants their food to taste good so that customers will come back often!
When you are eating out, make sure to read through the entire menu before making your decision. I often check the menu online before we leave the house, that way I am familiar with my choices before we even get there.
As you look through the menu, look for items that have fruits and vegetables, contain natural ingredients and are not breaded or fried. Salads are always a good option, just make sure that the toppings are healthy because salads can still have many unhealthy ingredients. Avoid croutons, limit the cheese, choose a good salad dressing, etc.
If you are choosing meat, be sure to avoid red meat and stay away from anything breaded. The best meat option is fish, and you can even be a little more healthy by choosing a vegetarian option. Ask your waitress for the healthiest options that are available.
Remember, that it is OK to request substitutions with your food. If there are unhealthy side dishes, request to replace them with some healthier options.