Eating out with no regrets

Eating out is one of my biggest weaknesses. I love to cook but there is just something different about being at a restaurant. The variety on the menu, date nights with my hubby or a long, relaxing evening out with friends… it’s more of an experience than just a regular ol’ meal.

The problem though is, it’s not as beneficial for the waistline (or the pocketbook for that matter). How do we stick to our healthy diets while at the same time experiencing all of the fun elements of being “out”?

Rachel Beller is a Registered Dietician and Founder of the Beller Nutritional Institute in Beverly Hills, CA. (She is also the nutritional consultant on The Biggest Loser). Beller offers some awesome tips on her website so that we when we dine out we don’t negate all of the hard work we’re putting in to stay in shape.

Here are a few examples:

Don’t be lured by the bread-and-oil appetizers – two pieces of bread dipped in two tablespoons of oil adds almost 400 calories to your meal!

Okay so I figured the bread and oil appetizers weren’t the best but this surprised me…

Just a 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds on your salad can add the calories of a slice of pepperoni pizza.

She also says this about Italian dressing, which many of us use as a substitute for ranch:

If you thought you were safe with Italian dressing, think again. Two ladles contain enough fat and calories to fill in for a slice of pecan pie. Even balsamic vinaigrette can go horribly wrong. With all that oil, it can add 360 calories and 32 grams of fat to your salad – the same as an entire fried chicken breast.

Check out her 10 Healthy, Figure-Friendly Tips for Dining Out , Salad Shockers and Dining Around the Corner or Around the World.

Just because we’re trying to stay healthy doesn’t mean we have to stop having fun! Eat out, have fun and if you utilize some of Beller’s tips, you won’t regret it later!!


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