Saturday, February 27, 2010
Hitting The Restaurant - Caveman Style...
Imagine a world without "Happy Meals", mocha lattes, free cheddar biscuits, and enchilada platters... Okay, now back to reality. Today we live in a 'fast food' society where eating out is the norm and dinner at home often means a call to the local pizza joint. Let's face it, there are times when eating at a restaurant is the only option whether it be for business, social, or convenience reasons. Good news though, it is possible to stay on track even when the cards seem to be stacked against you. Here's a guide to help you.
Fast Food (McDonald's, Burger King, Carl's Jr., etc.)
-Burgers or Grilled Chicken Sandwiches - no bun, no sauce, extra lettuce, and tomato.
-Grilled Chicken Salads - no croutons/chow mein/etc., no cheese, no creamy dressing.
-Side Salads - same rules as above.
Mexican (Chipolte, Q'doba, etc.)
-Burrito Bowl - do it salad style! Request lettuce/spinach instead of rice, choose your protein, add some grilled vegetables, salsa and guac.
-Fajitas - just don't eat the tortillas, rice, beans, cheese, or sour cream
-Garden Salad - same rules as above.
-Sashimi (just fish - no rice!!)
-Grilled fish, chicken or beef
-Steamed or Stir Fried Vegetables - no sauce
-Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef, Chicken Subs - no bun, no cheese, TONS of vegetables
-Make your sub a salad! Apply the same rules as above. Dress with oil and vinegar
-Eggs- fried, scrambled (no milk), hard boiled, poached.
-Steak, ham, bacon, etc.
-Omelets - no cheese, lots of meat and vegetables!
-Side of Fruit
Steak House (Outback, Lone Star, Texas Roadhouse, etc.)
-Steak - stick with the lean stuff, Sirloin, NY strip, Eye of Round
-Grilled Chicken or Fish - no fancy sauces or toppings
-Garden Salad - see salad rules above. Add a protein listed above to make it a meal!
-Steamed broccoli - no sauces
-Baked Sweet Potato - make sure to keep the portion in check!!
- Ask questions! If you aren't sure what's in something - ask!!
- Request substitutions - steamed vegetables instead of rice, extra meat instead of cheese, dressings and sauces served on the side.
- Order it the way YOU want it! Remember you are paying for this meal - get what you want!!
- Don't be embarrassed by your order - you are being healthy!!
- Portions matter - you don't have to eat it all!!
-Remember - every once and a while a cheat meal is okay - just beware of the "Food Hangover"!!
What's your strategy for eating out???