We all eat out...some 60% of our meals. But can we eat out healthfully and without picking up extra pounds? Here are my tips:
Beware the breadbasket. Ask for it only when the main course is brought-or not at all.
For fast food, order grilled meats or fish. Toss the roll or at least the top half and eat as open-faced sandwich. Add dressings sparingly.
Don't go out starved. Have a low-carbohydrate snack beforehand. This will help you resist the breadbasket the moment you sit down.
Don't go out for cocktails on an empty stomach. Again, have a low-carb snack beforehand. If it's a long cocktail hour, start with a diet soft drink or sparkling water before ordering alcohol.
Ask for salad dressing on the side and dip your salad lightly into the dressing.
Order your meat entrée with two vegetables instead of a vegetable and a starch.
Avoid all deep fried foods.
Chinese food can be loaded with sugar. Avoid thick sauces and noodles. Instead, order stir-fried meats and vegetables.
Italian doesn't have to mean a huge bowl of pasta. Order an antipasta platter, or meat, salad and vegetables.
Mexican food and Tex-Mex food can be low carb and low fat. Order a fajita. Eat one tortilla with grilled meat and vegetables. Eat the remaining meat and vegetables separately. Use salsa and avoid nachos and rice.
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This page created March 2003
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