Having a wholesome meal on a night out can be loads of fun.
Just follow these handy tips.
Having a catchup with the girls is a fabulous way to wind
down after a rough week. Add good food, and maybe a couple of drinks too, and
you’re in for a real treat.
However, what are you to do when you’re trying to stick to
healthier foods, but are faced with a menu with tempting, yet less than
nutritious options? The answer: pick something and indulge.
Healthy eating does not need to spoil all the fun. In the
end, it’s not just about eating healthily, but eating smartly. Here are some tips
to show you how:
1. Read the menu
The food you eat is not all that you should be thinking
about. How it’s prepared is vital too, and the menu can very easily give this
away. Gina Sunderland, a registered dietician, recommends that you look out for
words like “pan-fried”, “crispy” and “dipped”, as they indicate the presence of
nasty fats. Instead, choose the “grilled”, “steamed” and “baked” delicacies.
2. Salad first
Start off your meal by munching on a crunchy salad, rich in
greens, tomatoes and carrots. In doing so, you’re bound to feel fuller by the
time your main meal arrives. Research at Pennsylvania State University proves
that you’ll in addition consume fewer calories on the whole.
3. Starter + Starter
In many cases, menus include sumptuous starters of veggies
and seafood. Combining a few should be sufficient to constitute a meal.
Reader’s Digest reckons that if you devour a couple of these, you’ll be left
with a happy, full belly. Because let’s be honest, unless you’re very hungry,
or the portions are very small you don’t really need a starter and a main meal.
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4. Split the dessert
You don’t have to skip it completely! Live a little! Cut
down on your sugar intake by sharing it with a friend. This way, you’ll save a
few bucks too. Not feeling generous? Sunderland suggests ordering lower-calorie
dessert choices such as sorbets or non-dairy gelatos.
5. Let H2O be your
Water is the elixir of life. There couldn’t be a better
drink and if it’s tap water, it’ll be free too! Not only that, The New York
Times reported that choosing water over other drinks allows you to eat foods
with more calories. Yay!
6. …if not, watch
what you drink
It’s okay to occasionally spoil yourself with a tasty
beverage rather than water. In this event, try to drink one with fairly low fat
and sugar content. If you’re having orange juice with breakfast, The New York
Times proposes having only half a glass in place of a full glass. If you’re
sipping on a latte, Sunderland advises opting for skimmed milk. The trick is
balance. If you’re very thirsty, have water first, and then a smaller drink for
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