How to stay healthy when eating out at a restaurant.

If you’re heading out for a family gathering or a school reunion don’t let the food in the restaurant spoil how well you’re doing on that diet. Here’s a a few little tips on ‘how to stay healthy when eating out at a restaurant.’

Order less.

Ask a simple question, get a simple answer. Restaurants tend to over-do-it on the portions, so just ask for a smaller sized meal, or order a starter instead of a main course. Or you could possibly trade some elements of the meal for healthier options, e.g. veggies for chips, salad for slaw.

How to stay healthy when eating out at a restaurant

How to stay healthy when eating out at a restaurant – Order a salad instead of chips.

Read the menu before you go out.

With online menus, it’s easy to now decide or at least have a close idea of what you want before you arrive, and planning ahead will help you stick to a healthy meal.

Get it cooked your way.

Chef’s aren’t as precious about their food as people might assume. If you ask for food to be cooked a certain way that may be healthier or more in tune with your diet, such as grilled instead of fried, they will most often try to accommodate. Of course, be reasonable, and if you must drastically change everything on the menu in order for it to be somewhat healthy, maaaaybe you shouldn’t be eating there in the first place.

How to stay healthy when eating out at a restaurant.

If you can always ask to have your meat grilled, not fried.

Avoid alcohol.

Many see beer or wine as an integral part of a meal, and you should feel entitled to a glass on a night out, but don’t indulge. Booze is still booze, even if you’re using it to wash down a fine dinner.

Sauce on the side.

Many chefs likes to dress their dish with a lot of sauce, but if it’s possible you can always get it separately and then control the amount yourself.

There you go! Some quick tips on how to stay healthy when eating out at a restaurant. Remember, as always if you have anymore great ideas just let us know in the comments.