Having a love for eating out can be a bit of a problem if you’re trying to lose weight. One of the things that makes restaurant food so delicious is the high amount of butter and fat that goes into the majority of dishes. So, how can you eat out but still maintain a healthy diet? Huffington Post recently asked four nutritionists just that. The dietitians recommend focusing on portion control (don’t eat the entire plate of pasta in one sitting, bring some home), being mindful of what you’re eating, and searching the menu for food prepared with healthy cooking methods (baked instead of fried). Other good ideas? Opt out of the free chips and salsa or bread and butter. Order vegetables and reject cream-based sauces. Keep these tips in mind when dining at your favorite Mexican, Chinese, or Italian eatery, then eat what the nutritionists would order. Here are the items that they endorse.
At a Chinese restaurant order veggie stir-fry with brown rice and tofu (only if it’s not fried), hot and sour soup, chicken and broccoli, vegetable egg foo young, and Asian greens like bok choy.
At a Mexican restaurant order veggie tacos, black beans, guacamole, salsa, salad with fish (that’s not fried), chicken fajitas, and ceviche. When you’re given tacos that come with two tortillas, only eat one—it will cut out an extra 200 calories.
At an Italian restaurant order minestrone soup, thin-crusted vegetable pizza with tomato sauce, pasta with red sauce, a salad that’s loaded with vegetables, Caprese salad, and stuffed shells with ricotta and cheese. Eat half of them and enjoy the rest for lunch tomorrow.
At a Japanese restaurant order edamame; brown rice sushi with vegetables, avocado, and tuna; salmon salad; miso soup; and sashimi. Avoid cream cheese, tempura, sweet sauces, and rolls that have spicy mayo. Using chopsticks may help slow down your eating.
Learn more about the lifestyle of a nutritionist when you read Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous.
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