When it comes to eating healthy every day, it’s best to have a plan for every situation you might find yourself in. Whether you’re going out or cooking at home, there are plenty of ways to improve your eating habits.
Before you go out to eat at a restaurant, check out the venue ahead of time so you know what to expect. See if their menu is available online so you can plan out what you want to order and avoid impulse buying extra dishes that might be unhealthier. Call ahead and place reservations if possible so you don’t have to wait for seating when you arrive. Restaurants that have a bakery or specialty chef often display their most sweet and delicious items out in front. If you do have to wait, avoid any tempting bakery display cases that might catch your eye. When you order your food, ask if you can switch out any fried sides for steamed or roasted vegetables instead. Beware of hidden calories in dressings, dips, or sugary drinks. Skip the soda and order water. Drinking more water will also help you feel full and avoid overeating.
When you are eating dinner in the comfort of your own home, you have more control over portions and ingredients. Instead of worrying about how much butter is used or how food is prepared, you can ensure every ingredient involved is good for you. Get creative with leftovers you have in the kitchen or take the time to find and make a new recipe. When you go food shopping each week keep an idea of what you want to cook in mind. Staying stocked up on fresh, ready-to-make ingredients will save you money in the long run as opposed to covering a bill and tipping for the service received at a restaurant. Cooking at home allows you to connect with your food and can even help bring your whole family together.
Make sure you know how to make healthy choices whether you’re meeting your friends at your favorite restaurant or gathering the family for a holiday feast.