When you are too tired to cook, eating out is always a good idea. Unless you are doing it every day, your trip to a restaurant does not have to sabotage your healthy diet, if you have one. With a few clever eating strategies, you won’t have to make a ‘Cheat Day’ of your restaurant experience.
Make a plan.
If you do plan on eating out, make sure you eat light. Keep your lunch simple by eating a small portion. Alternatively, you should eat a light dinner if you ate a big lunch. You should also be mindful of the time you are having supper. If you are eating after 8pm, you should order a light dish. To help you make a better decision in your own time, check for online menus, if available, for nutrition information ahead of time.
Mind what you order
Balance your meal by including healthier selections from all the different food groups. Make sure to have lean proteins, low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Salads are a good idea if you’re having supper. Ask for dressing on the side so you can control the portion size.Round out your meal by ordering healthy side dishes, such as a side salad or a baked potatoes.
Many restaurants serve huge portions, sometimes enough for two or three people. Eat a smaller portion and bring leftovers home for another meal. Or, order an appetizer in place of an entrée dish and add a small soup or salad.
It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to get the message from your stomach that you are no longer hungry. Fast eaters often are overeaters, while slow eaters tend to eat less and are still satisfied.
Sticking to a healthy eating plan when you’re eating out can get tricky but friendly restaurant staff can be helpful. With patience and some clarification, your waiter or waitress can give you some great pointers on your food choices. The Fihankra Restaurant at the Accra City Hotel has some really amazing food served by equally amazing staff. Earn yourself a treat at the hotel with 3,200 points or more on your Koala Rewards card.
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