We often hear at the studio that clients are eating out a lot, and are stuck with the what choices to make. It’s important that we make healthy food choices when eating out and follow the principle of healthy eating.
When eating out, it is important to consider why you are doing so, i.e. a one off occasion, an anniversary or a birthday?
If it is a special occasion, then this should not indicate a time to “feast” by not having starters and puddings, but things should be kept realistic. Meals out are a social event and they shouldn’t have to be avoided to eat healthily, however making conscious decision on the food choices you are having is important.
1. At a Chinese, avoid deep fried foods such as; spring rolls, crispy pancakes, fried noodles and tempura, along with duck and other poultry with the skin on as it is high in fat. You should also order boiled items instead of fried ones.
2. At an Indian restaurant, avoid items such as Korma, any of those that are in a creamy sauce, coconut or fried/dipped in batter, as these are very high in sugar. Tikka or Tandoori dishes are better as these are dry cooked, making them lower in fat.
3. Burgers are also a better choice than chicken or fish, due to the coating they are cooked in, i.e. breadcrumbs or batter. Order burgers without special sauces or mayonnaise. Avoid adding cheese to burgers and sandwiches as this increases the fat content.