There has been a revolutionary change in the way people eat and dine out. Did you that it is possible to eat out at your favorite restaurant without adding extra inches to your waistline? When you visit this popular fast-food restaurant, ask for their jack in the box menu prices so you can make informed decisions. Several health videos featured online at shape.com have motivated foodies to reach out for the menu first before trying anything new.
Here are tried and tested ways to say hello to healthy food.
· When you are dining out in a Mexican restaurant, avoid ordering for chips that contain large amounts of calories and fat. Keep aside the salsa which makes a good side dish for grilled chicken and fish fries. Chicken fajitas score high for its delicious taste and nutritional value.
Forget the sour cream if you want to stay in shape. Another interesting method is called the ‘fork method’. Dip your fork into the spread, shake it a bit and smear the remains on the fajita.
· At a Chinese restaurant, order fiber-rich brown rice for the main course. Other entrees can be steamed vegetables and seafood. Whenever possible, order for steamed food like dumplings. Say a firm no to stir-fries that are laden with salt and oil.
When you are dining out with a large group, it is a healthy choice to order steamed fish that is low in fat and rich in omega fat. Find out if they serve Szechuan shrimps. These make for a hearty meal that is high in essential protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Make friends with duck sauce and hoisin. These are fat-free and thick condiments that can be stirred together with soy sauce.
A final tip would be to eat your food with chopsticks. You eat sparingly and wisely this way.
· If you ever visit a Thai restaurant, you will find a range of dishes that swings from healthy to high-fat. Start off the Tom Yum appetizer that consists of chicken pieces floating in a broth seasoned with lime. Ask if they have chicken sate. Use the dip sparingly and spread a small portion on the chicken.
Did you know that Thai salads make a healthy appetizer? The salad dressings are prepared with minimal or no oil and are made using fish sauce and sugar. To get your daily dose of proteins, order the steamed mussels that are cooked with hot chilies and other flavors.
· Italian restaurants cover a broad spectrum of fancy restaurants to casual coffee houses. When you order food, choose a small portion of pasta and salad to accompany them. Pasta Primavera supplies your body with the daily requirement of fiber and essential minerals. Use half a teaspoon of cheese- if you must. Avoid them totally and go for grilled fish instead. They are flavored with garlic and lemon juice that is good for the heart. If you are craving for desserts, they offer you icy drinks and frothy cappuccino with skim milk. Bon appetite!