Clean eating tips for dining out

On the go, on vacation, or otherwise am forced into eating out? People reference this as a super clean-eating killer. Here are my tips to minimize the damage that dining out can do to your fitness goals:

  1. Pick food that’s been steamed or grilled versus fried or sauteed.
  2. Research your restaurant! Some places offer more healthy options than others.
  3. Don’t be afraid to create your own entree! And tip well. 🙂
  4. Watch those salads! Dressings which are creamy and for those of you who are not vegan, cheese and other forms of animal protein can sneak on a lot of unnecessary fat and calories in the form of marinades and other hidden additives. Some salads at fast food places have as many calories and fat as a Double Whopper and with not much in the way of nutritional value to offset that. Also, ask to have the dressing on the side.
  5. My advice for soups is similar to salads: avoid bisques, anything creamy. Also be cautious on added sodium.
  6. Double up on vegetables! They’ll fill you up faster.
  7. When in doubt, see if the menu has something that’s indicated as “lighter fare”.
  8. Avoid the bread basket!
  9. Eat slowly! Frequently restaurants will give you too much food. If you have some leftover, it’ll be yet another delicious meal. 🙂
  10. One trick I use not to eat too much  is to eat food that’s not too bland. If there’s a lot of flavor I feel like I’ve eaten more and I don’t eat it as quickly. If you don’t have much of a spice tolerance, this trick won’t be good for you however.
  11. Drink plenty of water, and avoid soda, juices, and alcohol. Tea and coffee (without milk and sugar) is fine.

Feel free to share your own tips in the comments!

 

Posted on July 22, 2013, in Diet, Fitness, Health, Life and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Eat slowly! Frequently restaurants will give you too much food. If you have some leftover, it’ll be yet another delicious meal.

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