8 Easy Ways To Eat Clean At Your Favourite Restaurants

by Divyata Raut
FOOD  |  February 25, 2018
  • Cafe-fare
    1 / 8 Cafe-fare

    Clean eating means staying away from the deep fried starters. Give the signature cheesy, greasy burger a pass. Share the fries with your friends, if you must. Additionally, wash this food down with water instead of ordering a sweet drink.

    Instead: Stick to wholesome grain or salad bowls. Order your favourite sandwich with wholegrain toast which will satisfy your tastebuds without the guilt. Mains with grilled meats or poultry count as clean eating as long as the sides are vegetables.

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  • Italian
    2 / 8 Italian

    When waiting for your food to arrive, make sure you don’t go crazy with the free flow of bread and butter. Stay clear of items that are either deep-fried or made with cheese.

    Instead: Order a Caesar salad (with dressing on the side) or minestrone soup as your starter as it’s the healthiest option to fill you up before your main dish arrives. Also, choose tomato-based items over cream- or cheese-based ones.

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  • Chinese
    3 / 8 Chinese

    Be sure not to eat more than one bowl of rice, especially when you’re sharing dishes with a group of people. Give anything breaded or fried a pass. That means the fried noodles didn’t make the cut – sorry!

    Instead: Stick to clear soups or pair a bowl of plain rice with a delicious stir-fry.

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  • Thai
    4 / 8 Thai

    Avoid fried appetisers, even if it’s recommended by the chef! The cream-based soups, stir-fried noodles and fried rice are also off the table.

    Instead: You’ll be equally happy with a plate of plain rice and a stir-fry of your choice, topped with an egg. Tom yum soup also pairs extremely well with rice.

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  • Indian
    5 / 8 Indian

    Fried and puffy or oil-slicked bread are not synonymous with clean eating. Steer clear off the deep-fried appetisers as well. Do limit your serving of gravy-based dishes, such as butter chicken, and practise portion control when sharing it with a group of people.

    Instead: Pair your chapati or rice with lentil soup and various mixed vegetable dishes. You can get papadum, but make sure it’s roasted and not deep-fried.

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  • Japanese
    6 / 8 Japanese

    Refrain from ordering the crispy tempura and deep-fried items. Also, remember to order your sushi rolls without mayonnaise.

    Instead: Order edamame beans as these tiny beans of protein are a very healthy starter! When ordering other items, stick to raw or grilled cuts of seafood. Also, don’t forget to limit your intake of rice and be sure to have a cup of water or green tea alongside your meal to pace your eating.

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  • Korean
    7 / 8 Korean

    If you’re at a buffet, refrain from getting more servings of rice with your meat. Don’t load your plate up with any deep-fried items as well.

    Instead: If you are at a barbeque restaurant, reach for lean cuts and eat them with some vegetables and clear soup. Don’t go overboard with the sodium-rich condiments. Fermented kimchi is also a healthy dish that you can have.

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  • Mexican
    8 / 8 Mexican

    Resist dishes that come topped with sour cream and cheese. Limit your intake of chips and cheese, although we understand if you want to share them with a group of friends. If you’re looking for a clean meal, quesadillas won’t make the cut.

    Instead: Rice-based burrito bowls are chock-full of vegetables like beans and lentils. Load up on salsa and guacamole as well. Seafood tacos are also a great choice, provided that the fish is not deep-fried.

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    (Also read: 9 Unhealthy Foods You Should Never Order When Eating Out) 

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