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Can you eat out "healthy"?

  1. Some people think it is not possible to eat 'healthy' when sitting in a restaurant. Many people think that it “still can't be healthy” and eat a lot right away, and other people even skip eating out completely because they are afraid of a lot of extra calories. Of course it is not necessary, and it is possible to eat healthy in a restaurant, but it does mean that you have to do some work yourself. The next time you go out for dinner, follow these simple tips to make sure you keep your calorie count to a moderate level.

1. Check out the menu before eating out

  1. Of course this won't work if you decide to eat out at the last minute, but we're talking normal plans here. A few days before you have the reservation, you can view the restaurant menu online. Most restaurants these days have either a website or a Facebook page. It gives you time to judge if there are healthy menu options.

  2. Of course this won't work if you decide to eat out at the last minute, but we're talking normal plans here. You can view the restaurant menu online a few days before you have made your reservation. Most restaurants these days have either a website or a Facebook page. It gives you time to judge if there are healthy menu options.

  1. If you find that there don't seem to be any healthy options, it is always possible to call the restaurant in advance to see if changes can be made to the menu for your diet Most restaurants certainly don't mind making a diet-friendly meal, but it's nice to give the chef time to stock up on all the ingredients etc.

  2. If you find that there don't seem to be any healthy options, it is always possible to call the restaurant in advance to see if changes can be made to the menu for your diet Most restaurants certainly don't mind making a diet-friendly meal, but it's nice to give the chef time to have all the ingredients, etc., at home.

2. Skip the bread

  1. The bottomless bread basket is an easy way to make sure you are taking in too many calories while watching your weight. Remember that the crusty baguette in front of you is probably made from refined grains. An average piece of bread contains about 100 calories, and then a knob of butter adds another 36 calories.

  2. The bottomless bread basket is an easy way to make sure you are taking in too many calories while watching your weight. Remember, the crusty baguette in front of you is probably made from refined grains. An average piece of bread contains about 100 calories, and then a knob of butter adds another 36 calories.

  1. The starters haven't even hit the table yet and before you know it you've easily eaten 150 calories. If you feel that you absolutely cannot live without bread, try to limit your portions and use olive oil and balsamic instead of the butter. That might be just as tasty, but still much less calories!

  2. The starters haven't even hit the table yet and before you know it you've easily eaten 150 calories. If you feel that you absolutely can't live without bread, try to limit your portions and use olive oil and balsamic instead of the butter. That might be just as tasty, but still much less calories!

3. Choose products made with healthy cooking methods

  1. When dining out, it is a good idea to avoid products that are fried or cooked in a pan. Avoid anything baked, stir-fried, or sautéed. Instead, opt for options that are grilled, broiled, steamed, or simply served raw. These products are normally made without much added fat.

  2. When dining out, it is a good idea to avoid products that are fried or cooked in a pan. Avoid anything baked, stir-fried, or sautéed. Instead, opt for options that are grilled, broiled, steamed, or just served raw. These products are normally made without a lot of added fat.

  1. Of course there are exceptions to every rule, so make sure you read the description of the food carefully to see if it contains added fats, such as cheese or a heavy sauce. If you really want to be sure you can just ask if the meal can be prepared "dry". This is a suggestion to the kitchen that your dish should be prepared without the addition of oil or butter. Reduce your calorie intake by opting for lean protein, or even skip meat altogether and eat lots of veggies!

4. Share with each other

  1. Restaurant portions are huge. If we compare the portions with the amount you got a few years ago, it is not surprising that more and more Dutch people are overweight. If you go out for dinner with friends, consider sharing a few starters and snacks with each other. . At that point, you probably eat less and don't have the unpleasant feeling that you've wasted money on food going back.

5. Be careful what you drink

  1. If calories are your main concern, then it's a good idea to just skip the soda, cocktails, and wine and opt for water instead. But if if you still want to drink something different during a night out, it is certainly possible to order a drink that contains around 150 calories (or in some cases even less than that!) To keep the calories in a drink to a minimum limit, choose wine or beer, or a cocktail made without much added sugar, fruit juice or soft drinks.

6. Don't be afraid to ask for replacements

  1. While some restaurants make it clear that they don't want to 'replace' anything on the menu, luckily there are plenty of restaurants that are more than happy to accommodate your requests. If you have had to call ahead, the advice is to keep it as simple as possible: sauce or dressing on the side, less sugar in a cocktail, or less butter / oil in your dish. You can also ask if they can exchange starch for a fresh vegetable. Most importantly, come up with a request that doesn't require the kitchen to design a whole new dish.

  1. If you would like extensive changes to a dish, it is a good idea to call just before the time.

Healthy choices

  1. It is of course easy to say that you have to make healthy choices, but if you look at a menu it probably doesn't say â € œ this dish guarantees that you will gain 2 kilos this week â €, which is why we can always recommend these following choices because they are both delicious and healthy.

  1. Make the right choice

  1. The more upscale the restaurant, the less food you usually get. We often get 'normal' portions that are simply better for us. Standard Italian restaurants or American restaurants often give us three times as much protein and carbohydrates than our bodies actually need.

  1. Our plate should contain 50 percent vegetables, 25 percent protein, and 25 percent grains. When it comes to ethnic foods, Japanese, Thai, Greek, and Indian restaurants, for example, are often much better when it comes to calories than Mexican, Chinese, or Italian. This is mainly because the first series opts for lots of grilled meat, not fried options such as fresh spring rolls. Of course you can also get healthy sushi rolls at many Japanese restaurants, but opt ​​for the low-salt soy sauce for dipping the sushi.

  1. In the end, it is quite possible to go out for dinner and still make sure that you don't regret it the next day. It may take a little extra effort, but in the end it's worth it if you can enjoy a delicious meal without guilt afterward.



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