By Devin Burke Special to The Pineapple
Q: I have a really tough time eating healthy because I eat out often. Can you give me some tips for eating healthier when dining out?
A: I’d be lying if I told you that eating healthy at restaurants is easy. Unfortunately, most food and even “clean” food is really not healthy when ordering or dining out. But there are a few tips to know about when eating healthier while dining at restaurants. Let’s start with the obvious first. Choose a healthier restaurant over one you know will have limited healthy options. If that’s not an option, there are two main things to consider…portion control and how the food is prepared. Portion Control Most restaurants serve huge portions of food. Either ask for a smaller portion when ordering or have them box up half of whatever you’re eating to be eaten later as a snack or meal. Avoid the breadbasket, ordering multiple courses, and drinking alcohol with your meal. Food Preparation How your meal is prepared greatly depends on how healthy it is. Even healthy food can quickly become unhealthy if it’s prepared with a ton of oil, butter, salt, and sugar. Let’s say you go to a seafood restaurant and order baked salmon. Often restaurants will load the salmon with butter. In this case you could order the salmon and ask for it to be prepared with minimal butter/oil. The best way to eat cooked food is either baked, broiled, grilled or steamed. Watch out for sauces -they usually are loaded with salt and sugar. That being said, a part of being in balance is eating the things you enjoy once in a while but if you eat out often use the above tips to do it smart. More Expert Tips: • Try combing healthy sides. Choose a couple of healthy sides and add a salad. • Ask for dressing and sauces on the side (usually loaded with sugar and fat) or choose vegetable based sauces and dressings • If you know your options are going to be very limited consider preparing and eating something healthy before you go out and just having a small portion when out with friends, lunch meetings etc. Good luck! Healthy Restaurant Finder Web Resources: www.sustainabletable.org www.eatwellguide.org www.happycow.net Devin Burke empowers individuals to adopt wellness as a mindset and develop an all-encompassing lifestyle that is in complete balance –mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Visit EmpowermentWellnessSolutions. com to learn more. Got a health question you want answered? Email Devin@EmpowermentWellnessSolutions.com