January 20, 2017
Can you believe it’s already 2017? As per usual, January is the time for new beginnings and resolutions. Many people usually seem to make healthy diets and exercise a priority for the new year, but as busy millennials and working adults, when do they find the time to cook and pack their own meals? After looking into what experts recommend, I’ve compiled some smart restaurant eating tips for you all to keep it healthy when dining out.
1. Ask for it your way
Be deliberate and substitute parts of the dish you want to change. “Build your own” entrees are always the best, as you can pick your favorite ingredients for the dish. Fuddruckers has proven that burgers aren’t always junk food. With their option to build your own burger, you can choose the leanest meat, lots of veggies and other healthy toppings for your burger.
2. Control your portions by ordering from the “healthy, light, low fat” entrées on the menu
Most chains will even list the calories and nutritional content of such foods. At Biaggi’s, there’s an entire section named “Lighter Side” for you to choose from. Sherry Tomato Soup for appetizer and Petite Filet Mignon for main course sound not only mouth-watering but also healthy with a total of less than 1000 calories. Filet mignon is one of the leanest cut of beef and usually comes in smaller portion due to its high price. Who said steak can’t be healthy?
3. Be aware of how the food is cooked and prepared
How the food is cooked can have a great impact on the amount of calories it contains. Steamed, grilled, roasted or poached dishes are less fat and of fewer calories. Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse features their signature sandwich ‘Chicken Panini’, which comes with Olive oil & garlic marinated grilled chicken breast, melted Mozzarella, tomato, red onion, herb mayonnaise. Doesn’t it sound delicious and healthy at the same time?
4. Eat plants
The next time you’re in a chain restaurant, look around the room and notice the dominant colors of the food. They’re probably a combination of browns and yellows. But you need a lot of green in your plate. Vegetables are important source of fiber, which is filling in a way that simple carbohydrates are not. Freska Mediterranean Grill offers Chicken Kebab that is sein rved grilled mushrooms, green and red peppers, onions. This definitely fulfills your greens and meat cravings.