Are you making #healthy choices when you dine out? I found these six tips on how to stay on track when eating out and thought this might be of help.

If you’re one of the many Americans who has resolved to lose weight and become fitter and healthier in 2018, then I’d be willing to bet that “eating out less” is also one of your New Year’s goals, and for good reason. Studies have shown that we are much more likely to eat poorly at restaurants than at home.

  1. Consider your options. When given the choice as to which restaurant to go to, try to think of ones that you know offer healthy items, for instance, fresh salads, steamed veggies, and grilled or baked—not fried!—meat or fish.
  2. Do your research. OK, now that you’ve made your selection, it’s time—if you have time, that is—to scout the menu. Before you leave, or on your way to the restaurant, Google it and pick out the appetizers and entrées that interest you most. Most restaurants are more than happy to accommodate all kinds of dietary needs, including your need to lead a healthy lifestyle! Don’t be afraid to speak up.
  3. Learn the language. Learn a few words to be wary of when reading the restaurant menu: Alfredo, Au Gratin, Battered, Bisque and more…
  4. Mind your meat. If you’re craving a steak but also want to keep the calories and fat content of your meal low, choose a lean cut.
  5. Start off smart. Lest you be tempted to dip your hand into the breadbasket or partake of crispy, battered, crunchy appetizers (see No. 3), order a broth-based soup or salad (no croutons with a vinaigrette dressing on the side) to arrive before your entrée. This will keep your mouth busy and simultaneously fill your stomach with healthy, hunger-squelching nutrients.
  6. Finish strong. You did your research, started off smart with a healthy appetizer, ordered your meal just the way you wanted it. Now it’s time to finish strong as that dessert menu—or, heaven forbid, a display tray—comes your way.

    If you are new around here, scroll back on my blog and you will see where I did the Whole 30, and am basically still going with it today.