Many people think that when you are traveling that it is impossible to eat healthy. This is simply not a true statement, and there are many restaurants that offer plenty of healthy dinner options. The problem is that most people do not realize they are able to eat much healthier. Whether you are going out with your friends or going out with the family, it is possible to eat very healthy at a restaurant. Here are just a few tips to help you eat as healthy as possible when you are out to a family restaurant for dinner.
Everyone knows that fried foods are often the worst things on the menu when it comes to fat content. If you are trying to eat healthy substituting out fries for a side salad is a no brainer. However, you need to watch out for any hidden fried foods. If you order the taco salad you should watch out for the fried shell that it is often served in. If you order a shrimp salad, be sure that the shrimp are not fried shrimp. Anytime that you are able to substitute out a fried food, you should take the opportunity to do so.
When you do order that wonderful salad or other entree, you should be careful with the dressings that come on them. The dressings are almost pure fat and salt, which is why they do taste so wonderful. However, when you order an entree or a salad the best thing that you can do is ask for the dressing on the side, and only use what you absolutely need to use. It is easy to ask for it on the side and then dump the entire cup onto the salad. When you get the cup of dressing, lightly drip the dressing onto the salad, and then get rid of the cup of dressing completely.
It is pretty amazing the size of the portions that many restaurants will give you. Most of the time the portion sizes are enough for two or more meals. Keep this in mind as you order, and consider asking for a box before you even start eating. This will allow you to put half of your meal in the box so you can have some portion control. You may also want to order off the children's menu or ask for a healthy appetizer and eat it for your meal.