Monday, August 8, 2011

Healthy Menu Selections When Dining Out

Sometimes we find ourselves in a perfect rhythm. We are eating healthy, sticking to our fitness routines, and finally seeing some great results. Then, an invite out to eat can be a waste of all our good prioress. Most items on the menu, although delicious, are horrible options when it comes to health. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and you can find some healthy options when dining out. Dining out is a part of our culture, so sooner or later you are going to find yourself at a restaurant.

The first step to healthy eating habits is having healthy drinking habits. Just because you are out to eat doesn't mean you have to suck down 3 coca colas. One of the best options you have is water, with a splash of lemon. Tastes great, and you can be happy with healthy decision you made afterwards. If water isn't cutting it for you, try an orange juice, apple juice, or cranberry juice. Although high in sugar, juices have healthy vitamins that sodas, or what I like to call them "filler drinks," just do not have to offer. If certainly have to get that soda, and diet is not an option, just make sure that you limit your quantity. If the rewarding Coke is just what you want after a hard workout, then thats ok! Do not take advantage of free refills.

After your drink selections are made an appetizer may be the next choice to make. Avoid all selections that are described as fried, buttered, or deep fried. Appetizers rich in carbohydrates like potato skins or a basket of fries are really bad for you. Potato based foods are the quickest ways to weight gain. Some appetizers you might consider choosing are spinach deeps, grilled calamari with marinara sauce, lettuce wraps, whole grain rolls, or house salads. Remember that foods with nutritional value always are a better option. Of course, you really do not need to order an appetizer. Don't let fried appetizers ruin your meal. In all honesty you are better off enjoying a beer or a glass of wine.

When it comes to the main course, you have more options than you might think. However, most of the menu is littered with options that supply enough calories for the day. One convenient option menus are starting to list are a smaller health menu that usually come with a calorie count, or a weight watcher point system. These are great, because along with a great tasting meal you know what you are putting into your body and therefore can be guilt free. Try to stay away from the options that include a big basket of fries. Vegetables, salads, or soups are much better options.

Sooner or later we are going to dine out. After all of your hard work at determination, don't let a night out set you back on your diet and exercise progress. Remember, there is nothing wrong with going out to eat once in a while, but make sure you choose the healthier options each menu has to offer. You will be much happier with your choices once you leave the restaurant!

This article was written by Alina Cambridge. Alina is a health enthusiast who is passionate about fitness, and skin care health. She works with Acne Centre providing the last breakthroughs in acne science.

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