Going out to eat is becoming increasingly common. Not only do people seek to discover new flavors and enjoy the cuisine that their cities offer, but they also see it as a way to save time and effort.
The dangers of eating out is that we cannot control the calories, fats and ingredients that we consume. While some products and even restaurants provide this information, it is not always clear. Here are a few tips provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Nutrition Center for those who wish to eat out, but also seek to have a healthy diet and not gain weight.
- Take your own snacks with you. If you’re going to be out of the house for a long time, instead of buying packaged products or eating too much, one option is to pack and take your own healthy snacks with you. Some ideas include nuts, almonds, cranberries, fruits and vegetables, whole grains cereal bars or low-fat cheese. Read also: Snacks that help you take care of yourself
- When you go to a restaurant, begin your meal with a vegetable salad, which will help you feel full sooner. Ask for the dressing to be served on the side so that you can control how much you use, and use a small amount as it can contain a lot of calories.
- Forget about leaving your plate clean. Even if you are one of those people that cannot bear to leave food on your plate, if you are already full and you do not want to eat any more, think of other alternatives to not waste food such as getting it to go to enjoy it at another time.
- If you want to lose weight, ask for a half portion or an appetizer instead of a full meal. Portions tend to be bigger at restaurants than what you would normally eat at your own home. Last, remember to choose water, tea or another beverage without any added sugar as your drink.