CHEAT SAFE! - A Quick Guide to Healthy Choices When Dining Out...

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There's not many people I know who don't enjoy dining out, the only issue with that is not having optimal choice in the foods you are consuming and often not knowing the source of the food items. Here are a few tips to help keep you on track when you are dining out...

Ever gone out for breakfast/lunch/dinner and left feeling bloated and full? Well there are certain foods that will do this to you and are easily avoided whilst dining out.
Most grains such as rice/pasta/bread are mostly always culprits. Starchy foods such as white potato, particularly in the form of chips are high in sugar and often chips are cooked in trans-fatty vegetable oil. Any sugar or flour filled options such as pancakes/pies/pastries. And lastly, any added sauces such as hollandaise/ketchup/syrup and most meat accompanied sauces (not to mention the AMOUNT of sauce poured over most food).

Why not be kind to your body and just slightly alter the menu :-)

If ordering breakfast ask for no toast, instead of fried eggs get poached, if you have to get anything that comes with sauce then ask for it on the side so you can control how much is added to your food. Most places will allow you to create your own breakfast even if it’s not advertised on their menu. For a hearty, really sustainable brekkie why not order poached eggs, bacon/salmon, spinach & avocado (if you don’t eat meat then eliminate it and enjoy what is left and maybe make the eggs scrambled as it’s usually a bigger portion size ;-)...the perfect start to the day!

If you’re out for lunch or dinner and choose a dish that comes with chips or rice, why not request to have no rice/chips and swap them for either salad or steamed veg :-) Most places will gladly do this for you!

If you’re drinking coffee then try and go for black with no milk or sugar.
If you’re wining and dining then try and steer towards the red wines as they are high in antioxidants and generally contain less sugar, the pricier the wine, the better quality it will be and the less negative impact it will have on your health as a general rule ;-). I’m not one to condone the myth of drinking 1-2 glasses a day being healthy, I believe if you’re going to drink alcohol then red wine is your best bet but your better bet is to stay away altogether :-). If you’re a hard drinker then vodka and soda is another good alternative.
Your best option of wetness to accompany your meal is a sparkling mineral water with fresh lemon or lime...10/10 healthy choice! Breakfast/lunch can be accompanied with either a green smoothie or freshly squeezed vegetable juice.

SO REMEMBER:...

Steer Towards:

POACHED EGGS
AVOCADO
SPINACH
STEAMED VEGETABLES
SALAD
SAUCE ON THE SIDE
BLACK COFFEE
VEGETABLE JUICE
GREEN SMOOTHIE
RED WINE
VODKA AND SODA

Stay Away From:

CHIPS
RICE
PASTA
BREAD
FRIED OPTIONS
FOOD DROWNED IN SAUCES
PANCAKES
PASTRIES
PIES
MILKY/SUGARY COFFEE
FIZZY DRINKS
FRUIT JUICES
COCKTAILS
CHAMPAGNE
SWEET WINES

Your digestive system will thank you later for these wise choices and your waist line will soon know all about it too ;-)