6 Tips For A Healthy Dinner Out

Wondering how you could lose weight when your average meal out is over 1,000 calories? Don't worry! It's as easy as ordering the right menu to keep you in good shape while dining out.

Here are 6 ways to have a healthy meal out, while still enjoying your meal as normal. 

Watch What You Drink - Avoid ordering alcoholic beverages. This will help you save a lot of calories. You can sip iced tea sweetened using a non-caloric sweetener, diet soft drinks, or water with lemon. Consider the calories savings and you'll be happy you did. 

Salad is a great choice. It will fill you up, so you will consume less calories overall. However, it will also provide you with a lot of antioxidants that are good for your heart. Ask your waitress to hold the cheese and croutons to further lower your caloric intake. Make sure you choose the right dressing. 

Avoid cream-based dressings and opt for vinegar-based dressings. Olive oil and vinegar are also options that can be used to protect your heart.

Avoid ordering appetizers unless they are absolutely necessary. Did you know that appetizers can have more calories and fats than main courses? Many appetizers are deep fried and served in heavy sauces, which can increase your intake of saturated fats as well as calories. This is not a healthy way of starting your meal.

Select the Right Kind of Foods. Rather than eating fried foods, choose broiled or grilled. You'll not only save calories and fat grams but you will also avoid trans fats that are common in fried foods. Consider asking for two orders of vegetables along with your entree. 

Americans don't get the recommended 7-9 servings of fruits or vegetables for optimal health. You'll also be reducing your carbohydrate and caloric intake by skipping starch. You'll also enjoy significant calorie savings by sticking to tomato-based sauces over cream-based. Ask for the sauce to come on a separate plate so that you can limit how much you eat.

Do not over eat - Nowadays, restaurants offer more food than ever before. Take a portion of your meal home if this is the case. You'll be less likely to overeat if you take it off your plate before you begin eating.

Say "No" to Sugary, Fatty Desserts. Instead, choose a low-fat or low-carbohydrate dessert such as a low-carb cheesecake. These choices are good for health and allow you to finish the meal with a sweet treat. To satisfy your sweet tooth, if a healthy dessert option is not available, you can have a cup with skim milk.

These are some of the top tips to keep in mind when you dine out. It will surprise you how many calories can be cut by simply ordering the right menu! Happy healthy eating!

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