Top Tips For Smart Dining

Top Tips For Smart Dining

Author -  Vicki Philbey

So you want to go out for dinner? How can you do this without eating too much? How can you do this while eating healthily? Here are some tips for you to try.

So you want to go out for dinner? How can you do this without eating too much? How can you do this while eating healthily? Here are some tips for you to try.

Drink water

Have a few large glasses of water before you go out. This will help to fill you up a little before you dine.

Avoid fancy drinks and cocktails

Instead drink wine, light beer or white spirits with diet mixers. If you want to enjoy a wine with your meal, alternate that with a glass of water. You will consume less alcohol and won’t have to worry about feeling dehydrated the next day.

Avoid the bread starter

If you have to have nibbles before the main course, try either, vegetables and dip, some lean protein, or a salad.

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Try having a couple of entree sizes instead of an entree and a main.
Choose grilled, ask your waitperson if there is no grilled option, most places will do it for you.

Choose your sides carefully

Avoid mash, fries or wedges and opt for baked or boiled potato. Select steamed vegetables and ask for any sauce on the side. If you have a salad, have the dressing on the side or select a vinaigrette rather than a mayonnaise.

Dessert

If you have to have dessert, choose a fruit platter or sorbet. Avoid heavy creamy desserts. Or you could share a dessert if you just can’t resist that chocolate pudding. Have yoghurt on the side instead of cream.

You don’t have to eat everything on your plate

There is a tendency to want to clean your plate as you are paying for the meal. Most restaurants will do a doggy bag and you can enjoy the leftovers with a salad for lunch the next day.

Enjoy your meal!

Dining out is a treat. As long as you choose mostly healthy options and recognise when you are full, make the most of being waited on by someone else and eating food that has been prepared for you.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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