Finding healthy food choices at restaurants is difficult to do. Even more so, I think, during the Holiday Season. So many delicious treats out there tempting us.
With our increasingly busy lifestyle many families are choosing to eat out more often. While it may be rather expensive, for some it is the only choice. But if you’re trying to watch your weight, it can be difficult making the right food selections while eating out at restaurants!
Finding Healthy Food Choices at Restaurants
Chinese, Asian food in general, is a great choice! They offer a wide healthy foods like broth-based soups and stir-fried dishes. There are also steamed fish and vegetable dishes, rice and chow mien. And other menu items that delicious low-calorie and low fat.
But be careful! There are of course many foods that you should avoid too. Stay away from fried foods like egg rolls, fried wontons, dishes made with duck, egg foo yung and fried chicken. It isn’t that they are bad dishes. Personally, I LOVE them! They simply tend to be high in fat and salt. Fried rice should be replaced by steamed rice. The all-you-can-eat buffet should be avoided at all costs (regardless of what type of food).
Indian cuisine has a number of delicious healthy food choices to pick from. Chicken, fish, veggies, steamed rice or legumes are included in dishes throughout the menu. Bean soups are delicious and healthy. You can opt for chapati, chicken or shrimp Vindaloo or lamb kabobs.
The main dishes to skip at Indian restaurants are the fried breads and dishes served with large amounts of nuts. Avoid dishes made with coconut milk, too. Overall, Indian cuisine is a wonderful dining option when you are watching what you eat.
I love Italian foods. Unfortunately, some of the most fattening dishes you could dream of are found in Italian restaurants. Fried mozzarella sticks, lasagna and thick creamy Alfredo pasta dishes are not healthy choices.
However, you can find many healthy foods to make your mouth water. Thin crust pizza with vegetable toppings, pasta with tomato-based sauces, chicken Cacciatore, chicken Marsala are great! They will keep you at the Italian table without giving up on your commitment to cut calories and watch fat intake. Salads and soup choices are also something to consider. But avoid the deserts at Italian restaurants. Most are very rich.
Dining With Family and Friends
You may have many opportunities to eat out with family and friends. Remember, while you are watching you’re weight, you don’t have to exclude yourself from all of the great food available in quality restaurants. You simply need to pay attention to what you are eating. And remember that moderation goes along way.
Make healthy food choices and enjoy 🙂