So I have decided to start a new mini series called “Surviving Restaurants.” We don’t eat out very often, but I know there are a lot of people who do. One problem I used to always have going out to eat would be what to order. Obviously. It is so super hard to order something healthy when all of these “cheesy” or “fried to a golden brown” entrees are yelling at you. This series will explore different tips and tricks to eating out, from fast food to coffee shops to your typical sit down restaurants.
Since I just had Taco Bell for dinner (when the hubs is away, the wifey will….eat Taco Bell?), it seems fitting that the first part of this series deals with a fast food.
As much as I hate to admit it, fast food is sometimes too convenient to pass up. We really don’t eat it very often, maybe once or twice a month. I try to avoid it, because holy moly fat and sodium. Honestly, sometimes I crave Taco Bell. This was one of those days. I’m only human! One who really loves Taco Bell…
Anyway, here are a few quick and dirty tips for behaving at fast food restaurants.
- Suck it up and look at the nutrition information. For me, I can usually be talked out of a bad decision with nutrition information. Most people have smart phones, and can quickly look up calorie and fat content for just about any order on the planet. Seriously. Probably the entire planet.
- Remember how food makes you feel. If you’re given the choice between a greasy hamburger and a grilled chicken salad to eat before a race, what should you choose? Obviously the salad. Remember how it makes you feel! Do you want to be able to walk after you eat, or would you rather feel like you’re busting out of your pants? Occasionally, busting out of your pants feels worth it, but is it worth that Big Mac? Honestly, probably not.
- Get water. Come on now, ya’ll. This should be a no brainer. I love me some Mountain Dew, but I would much rather devote 250 cals to food that will stay with me a little longer than 25 minutes. Water will also help fill you up so you don’t eat nearly as much. If you feel the need to drink soda, as I occasionally do, get a small and sip slowly. It will be just as satisfying, and you won’t sacrifice as many calories.
- Avoid combo meals. Yeah it may be cheaper, but you are most likely ordering way more food than you actually need to. If a combo meal really is the way to go for you, choose a healthier side. Most places offer “healthier” side dishes now, such as apple slices in place of fries. And never, ever super size. You do not need it, I promise you that!
What are some of your tips for healthy eating at restaurants? What else would you like to see in this series? Let me know in the comments below! Check me out on Instagram and Twitter (@lovethekate)