Staying healthy can be a challenge, especially when confronted with a tempting menu of decadent meals while dining out with friends or family. With a little practice, you can be sure of finding the healthiest foods on any menu to keep you feeling your best.
Vegetable based dishes are always a sound choice because they tend to be high in nutirents and fiber, and low in calories. Look for fresh salad options, or hot dishes that include the words “steamed” or “roasted.” Avoid any dishes that feature a cream sauce or cream based dressings however, since these types of dishes are always packed with fat and cholesterol.
If you’re considering a pasta dish, opt for more whole grain dishes, like rice, quinoa, cous cous, or whole wheat pastas. Traditional semolina pastas are typically in a similar calorie range to their whole grain counterparts, but they lack the added nutritional value that the fiber and protein in whole grain options bring to the table.
When considering your menu options, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your server is there to guide you, and the more specific you are about your dietary needs, the better they will be able to help you find the right choice. At many restaurants, you can request sauces or dressings to be served on the side, or omitted entirely. Try to season your salad and main dishes with a scant amount of olive oil and salt, and plenty of fresh black pepper. It might take a few tries to adjust your palate to this lighter way of eating, but your waistline will thank you.
Eating healthy means staying healthy, and staying healthy in the long run is an important goal for your and your family. Good nutritional choices now can limit your risks for major disease in the future, and ultimately result in a longer, happier life, lower insurance premiums, and fewer visits to the doctor. Choose wisely, and bon appetit!
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4 Jan, 2013 |