Eating well while eating out
Making healthy choices when eating out can be a little daunting. Indeed, restaurant cooks do not usually « go easy » on the salt or the butter and oils when preparing their creations. The frequency with which you visit your local restaurant should determine the importance of your meal choices; if you indulge more than once a week, you should be more meticulous.
The challenge begins when chosing the restaurant. The food they offer should be in line with the efforts you put into attaining your goal.
Here’s what to look for when choosing a restaurant :
- Availability of fresh vegetables
- Choice of non fried foods
- Reasonable portions
When scanning the menu, look for grilled, poached or braised rather than confit or fried, which are synonyms of fat.
Also, when choosing sauces, tomato or vegetable based is the way to go rather than cream or butter based, such as Alfredo, Rosé or Hollandaise. Furthermore, you should order all sauces and dressings « on the side » so as to control the quantity as well as the quality.
Regarding the meal accompaniments, replace those fries with rice or a baked potato and go ahead and ask for more vegetables. Patiently wait for your salad or vegetable soup appetizer instead of emptying the contents of the bread basket.
Don’t forget to savour each bite and enjoy the flavours of the food. You will not only enjoy your meal, it will also allow you to better register your satiety signals (state of being full and satisfied).
My restaurant guide:
Montreal area :
- The Green Panther
- Restaurant su
- De farine et d’eau fraîche
- Olive et gourmando
- Zéro 8
- Boîte gourmande
- Aux Vivres
Quebec area :
Outaouais area :
Among the major fast food chains:
By Marilyne Petitclerc