Ordering Healthy When Eating Out
You want to look your best for the beach, and that may mean you’re trying to eat healthy this summer. Or perhaps you just want to be able to have an extra ice cream, guilt-free, which means trying to eat right most of the time.
Even when you are wanting to eat better, you don’t have to give up wonderful restaurant meals. There are still many ways you can dine out, enjoy your food and have a plate any dietician would be proud of. Here are some ways you can accomplish this.
- Choose Your Restaurant Wisely
It’s much harder to find healthy options at restaurants specializing in huge portions or greasy food. Set yourself up to win by looking for restaurants that serve healthy choices. For example, Bricco serves delightful Italian cuisine, and our chefs take great care to choose only authentic ingredients.
- Do Some Research Ahead of Time
Browse online menus before you reserve a table. Have a sense of the foods available and which ones seem promising.
- Have a Plan
Before you arrive at the restaurant, have an idea of what you will order. You’ll be less tempted by other people’s choices or by what looks and smells amazing.
- Watch Your Drinks
If you are watching your calorie intake, a small glass of wine or sparkling water is a good option that doesn’t add many calories. If you are watching sugar intake, avoiding sodas is ideal.
- Ask Questions
Your server is there to help. You can ask how an item was prepared and how big portion sizes are, which can help you choose wisely.
- Understand Portion Sizes
Split larger portions with friends or order smaller items from appetizer menus. A large size of anything can be unhealthy, so consider restaurants with reasonable servings. If you want dessert, consider splitting it so you get a taste without a lot of extra sugar.
- Add Vegetables, Fruits and Whole Grains
Produce and whole grains make you feel full without adding excess saturated fats to your plate. They are also filled with nutrients and vitamins as well as fiber, which helps keep you full.
- Try Simple Dishes
Look for simple menu items where the food is steamed, grilled, baked, broiled or roasted without breading.
- Consider Skipping a Big Meal Entirely
Bricco has a daily changing menu during happy hour. If you want to relax with a glass of wine and small plates, this is a nice alternative to a multi-course meal.
- Don’t Come Famished
Don’t skip meals so you can eat more at dinner because you’re going out. Instead, try to keep your diet normal throughout the day. Eating healthy and filling meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables will ensure you have a healthy appetite that’s not too overwhelming.
Are you ready to enjoy a varied menu with artisan Italian dishes? Reserve a table at Bricco to experience our upscale entrees in a relaxed atmosphere.