Eating out doesn’t have to bust your diet. The secret is to look out for food preparation methods before ordering dishes.
There’s a new cafe in town and you hit it together with your girlfriends. Just picture it: a myriad of exciting menu options and oh-so-delightful smells wafting from the kitchen or the table next to you. It’s so easy to be tempted into ordering the most appealing (read: most sinful) dishes!A better way to decode the menu and make better choices? Follow these easy dining rules and tips by clinical dietitian Jaclyn Reutens of Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants. And remember, never go to a dinner feeling ravenous as your low blood sugar level means that you will be more likely to stuff your face and binge eat.
The food is usually served in its natural form, such as fresh fruits or salads. But skip that “battered ﬁsh with fresh salad”, please.
Order: Broiled, poached, steamed, baked, lightly sauteed
These are all healthier cooking methods as little to no oil is used.
In most cases, grilled instead of fried foods are healthier for you as any excess fat drips off the grill.
Avoid: Battered, crumbed, crispy, fritters
These words tell you that the food has undergone deep-frying or a large amount of oil was used to prepare the dish.
Avoid: Cheesy, bechamel, hollandaise, bearnaise, au gratin
Expect hidden fats in the dish.
Avoid: Cured, smoked, pickled
The foods are usually high in sodium content and can affect your health adversely. Read more on what you need to know about salt and sodium in your diet.