Tips for a healthy dining out experience
By Nmami Agarwal
Whether you have had a long day of work, don’t have the energy to cook, there’s an occasion to celebrate, or it’s just a craving for good food, dining out is the answer. The great number of amazing options available make it all the more attractive. Before you know, you find yourself sitting in a restaurant, relishing your favourite food. But this yummy habit comes with its own setbacks.
While you can always manage your money, it’s your health we want to talk about. It’s super easy to keep it healthy and delicious. All you have to do is take care of the following. Foodies! Take heed.
Plan it out: Eat lighter meals during the day if you know you have to go out for dinner. If you had a heavy lunch make sure you keep the dinner light. It’s not a good idea to give your digestive system extra work for no reason. Know your limit and stick to it.
Watch your portion size: Eat smaller and balanced portions. Spread out your eating throughout the day. And even though you may not feel like it – share your food! Don’t let greed take over.
Order smart: Include a healthy selection of food. Go for lean proteins, whole grains, green vegetables. Fresh salads and soups supply the fiber without the fat. Extras like yogurts and raitas add both to the taste and the health index.
Drinks: Wine and vodka are better options than the rest. Wine naturally goes well with many foods and aids digestion. Go for fresh lime and salted vodkas. Avoid cocktails, as they will only add calories to your diet.
Keep snacking healthy: Opt for tandoori, grilled, barbecued, or steamed food rather than the deep fried food as they are healthier and taste just the same.
Eat slow: Give yourself the time to realise whether you are still hungry or not. Your stomach knows it is full only after 20 minutes. Avoid second servings. Fast eaters often are overeaters, while slow eaters tend to eat less. So, eat slowly.
We are not asking you to stop going out to dine. We’re asking you to be more careful about it. After all, your health is our biggest priority. Go for smart eating by following these tips.
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