Eating out: how to do it right
As restaurants and pubs start to re-open, we can all start to book into our favourite spots again. So how can we make sure that we stay on track whilst eating out?
Eating out should be exciting, a joy in fact. But sometimes picking from the menu is a challenge, especially when you're trying to stay healthy and on track whilst losing weight. We've got some great tips to help make life easier and so that the next time you go out, all you have to worry about is the bill at the end...
1. Check out the menu beforehand. Preparation is key! Most restaurants have an online menu, so take a look and spend some time thinking about the best option for you.
2. Don't turn up feeling ravenous. It's similar to turning up to the supermarket feeling hungry, your brain tells you that you need to get lots of energy dense food, and you end up buying lots of unhealthy bits and bobs. If you do the same when eating out, you'll be inclined to choose something more indulgent than you set out to. A banana and some nuts is a good option.
3. Swap your usual sides out. Chips is the most popular side dish for most meals, but is high in fat and low in nutrition. Instead, go for a side of seasonal vegetables which add to your five a day and are full of nutrients.
4. Optional dressings. If the dish you want has a sauce or dressing, ask for it on the side. That way, you control what you're adding.
5. Limit your alcohol. We're all human and sometimes only a glass of vino will do the job. Try going for a soda water with fresh lime on arrival and then keep your wine for your main course, or the other way around. There are lots of empty calories in alcohol, plus too much can badly affect your sleep and eating patterns.
6. Starters over puds. If you've got a sweet tooth this one can be tricky. Starters tend to be more exciting flavour wise though, and if you're really desperate for your sugar fix you can pop an individually wrapped chocoalte in your bag for the journey home. Shotgun not driving!