Eating out - 8 lighter options

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 16 March 2009.
Tagged: eating out, guides, healthy eating, weight loss

Eating out - 8 lighter options

Everyone loves a dinner out, but these days with big portion sizes and high-fat fare, it's an opportunity to overindulge. Chefs love to add cream or butter to just about every dish and give us "value for money" with jumbo-sizes dinners. Haven't you got through your entrée already feeling full before the main arrives?

Put into practice my 8 eating-out suggestions to help you eat lighter with less fat.

  • Avoid high fat starters such as pate or anything deep fried - opt for soup, a rocket salad, prawns, scallops or smoked salmon.
  • When you order, don't be afraid to ask for your vegetables served without butter or your main with sauce on the side.
  • Order fish and seafood as often as you can - restaurants cook them well and it saves you cooking it at home if you find fish difficult or smelly.
  • Vegetarian options are not always light and low - steer clear of dishes with melted cheese toppings or with lots of coconut like tofu laksa.
  • You don't have to miss out on dessert if you choose wisely. Fruit based puddings, sorbets and meringues are delicious heart healthy choices. Or if you want a richer offering, share dessert with a friend.
  • Eat small. Order two entrees or share an entrée and then enjoy your main. Ask for a ‘doggie bag' if you can't finish everything at one sitting.
  • Eat slowly and enjoy the conversation. Try not to overeat.
  • Watch your alcohol intake. Enjoy a drink or two but sip slowly and intersperse with a mineral water or diet soft drink.
Catherine Saxelby

About the Author

Catherine Saxelby has the answers! She is an accredited nutritionist, blogger and award-winning author. Her latest book Nutrition for Life 2020 Edition is a fresh new update on all the things you've read about or heard in the last year. Think insects, collagen, vegan eating, Keto dieting, vitamin B12, fast food and cafe culture.  It has plenty of colour pictures and is easy to dip in and out of. Grab your copy NOW!