Healthy eating and portion control during meals out
We all love going out for a meal, but if you’re trying to eat healthy, a dinner with friends, a family breakfast or a lunchtime get together can be a challenge. But, with these simple tricks, you can make eating out a fun part of a healthy lifestyle.
2. Have a healthy snack before your meal
This will make you less likely to order an unhealthy meal on an impulse, and less likely to overeat.
3. Choose wisely
Consider this when you’re browsing the menu: steamed and poached food is less likely to be kilojoule-rich than deep fried, so it should be healthier for you.
4. Order your meal before others
When other people are choosing the unhealthy option it is easy to be swayed. Don’t give yourself the opportunity; order first (you might even help your friends go healthy!).
6. Get saucey on the side
Sauces and dressings often contain a significant amount of sugar or fat, that can turn an otherwise healthy meal unhealthy. Control your intake by ordering them on the side or avoiding creamy sauces.
7. Go halves
Many restaurants offer big serving sizes, but by splitting a meal with a friend you can halve your kilojoule intake (and your cost).
8. Stick to water
Drinking soft drinks or alcoholic drinks is a sure-fire way to bump up your kilojoule intake, so stick to water as it contains no kilojoules and is the ultimate thirst-quencher.
9. All-you-can-eat is not your friend
All-you-can-eat buffets may seem like good value and kids love them, but they make it virtually impossible to control your portions, so it’s best to avoid them if you’re trying to be healthy.