How many of you are time poor (especially on the weekend) and opt for the take-away or eating out option? Or maybe it’s one of the things on your love list – dining out with friends and family, which is great.
If this sounds like you…Don’t worry you are not alone! In my blog on vegetable oils I wrote about the fact that I too indulged a little too much in the fried foods a few months ago. My tummy did not like it.
So after speaking with a beautiful client of mine, who was wanting the best options IF she was eating out, we discussed the following. So, I thought I would share these tips with you:
- Eat before you go out: It’s OK to fill up on a few healthy snacks or a home-made entree so you aren’t starving when you go out. My favourite pre-eating out snack – some hummus and potato.
- Choose entree sized meals: And always ask for extra/a size of veggies.
- Ask for dressings and sauces to come separately: So you can add them to your meals: A great example of this is when having Thai – ask for stir fried vegetables, with some satay sauce etc on the side and a small rice to share.
- Opt for ‘heathier’ choices: salads, stir frys, curries, tomato based risottos or vegetable stacks (minus the dairy)
- Avoid fried, battered and crumbed choices; instead choose steamed, pan fried, braised, poached, baked, roasted or grilled.
- Ask for it how you like it: You can always try asking for a meal to be prepared for you. Often we feel we are being judged if we do this, but we need to think less of what others think and say YES to us and our bodies. Get curious with the menu and ask what things are cooked in and what is in certain meals. You are paying good money, so you may as well enjoy yourself.
- Consider splitting a meal with a friend: And ask for salad or vegetables on the side.
- Finish with fruit or share a dessert: if you have that sweet craving. Sometimes you only need a taste of a delicious dessert to be satisfied.
And in addition, the most important thing is to have fun, listen to your body and eat mindfully. This will allow you to gauge how hungry or full you feel.
You don’t have to sacrifice your taste buds to eat healthy… people often get food envy when I eat out with them (and I choose a wholefood plant based diet – people can be very unaware of the plethora of options)! Your body will love you for it.
Happy eating out! x