6 Quick Tips to Keep Your Diet in Check While Eating Out
Going out to eat at a restaurant presents a challenge for those wanting to keep to their diet. But with these simple tips, you can maintain your healthy eating habits while still enjoying the act of eating out!
1. Get your dressing on the side
Most dressings are high in fat, sugar, and salt for very little servings sizes (think size of a ping pong ball). Get more bang for your buck with dressings that are great in flavor and have a better nutritional profile such as hummus, hot sauce, soy sauce, or balsamic vinegar. Always ask for dressing to be on the side, you are more likely to use less of it.
2. More vegetables
Vegetables fill you up due to their high fiber and high water content. The body cannot digest fiber and so it takes longer for high fiber foods to pass through your system, thus keeping you fuller longer while at the same time causing your body to absorb fewer calories. Fiber also keeps your cholesterol in check by binding to cholesterol and literally expelling it from your body with each trip to the bathroom.
3. Ask for the bread or bun to be non-toasted
Toasted means buttered, in most cases. The majority of restaurants will default to toasting your bread while also adding butter, resulting in more calories and fat added to your meal without you even realizing it.
4. Go open face on your sandwich
You will not miss the top piece of bread from your sandwich. Most breads from restaurants are low in fiber, high in empty carbs and won’t do anything to help you stay full. Instead, pile on the protein and vegetables, these will fill you up more than an empty calorie extra piece of bread will.
5. Poach the eggs
Poached means eggs are cooked in water without anything else added to them. Rest assured your poached eggs will not have vegetable oils added them.
6. If you go omelet, ask how it’s made
About the author: Sarah-Kate Rems is an Ivy-league trained Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in California and New York State with an expertise in preventative healthcare. She considers nutrition and exercise to be the basis of well-being and is a strong advocate for daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. Sarah-Kate is also a co-founder of The Mindful Tech Lab