Eating out is convenient and easy for many people, especially if you have a hectic schedule and not enough time to cook.
Trade Burgers, Wings, Pizza
and Tacos for Healthier
Eating out is convenient and easy for many people, especially if you
have a hectic schedule and not enough time to cook. Unfortunately,
eating out means not knowing what is actually going your food. This
can lead to an overabundance of calories, fat, additives and more.
Sometimes it's hard to decipher what's good for you and what isn't on
a restaurant menu. Looks can definitely be deceiving in many cases
when reading a menu. In addition, you never know what you are
getting in terms of food quality. It's important to fuel your body properly
so sticking to quality protein, produce, grains and dairy is important.
Luckily, many restaurants are offering a healthy menu or healthier
versions of old favorites that contain fewer calories, less sodium and
fewer fat grams. Here are some healthy options for those less healthy
but tasty dishes out there.
1. Buffalo Chicken Wings - Wings covered in blue cheese dressing is
pretty yum, but it doesn't do anything for the figure! If you love chicken
wings, try baked wings and omit the skin and the hot sauce. Substitute
light ranch or blue cheese for the real thing and stick to about 2
Tablespoons total. Save about 50 calories per wing!
2. Tacos - A staple for Mexican cravings, tacos seem to make their way
into most people's food repertoires at least once a week. Skip the
cheese, greasy tacos found at your local taco joint. Their food is not
only healthier but they pride themselves on serving protein that has
been humanely raised and free of antibiotics and hormones as well as
produce that is locally grown and free of pesticides. Tacos come in
hard corn and soft flour and you can pile them high with fresh salsa,
corn and guacamole.
3. The Burger - The all American burger is one of those menu items that
can pack a ton of calories but boy do they taste good! It's time to
substitute the beef burger for a ground turkey or ground chicken
burger. Many restaurants are now adding in healthier options to the
burger complete with a whole wheat or whole grain bun. Top it with
your favorites such as cheese, pickles, onions and more! Save fat and
calories by switching to a leaner meat other than beef.
4. Pizza - This one is tough to tackle. Pizza aficionados are pretty serious
about their pizza and the thought of downgrading to a healthier
version is almost painful. Sometimes these smaller versions of the
real thing may not be enough depending on how active you are. Add
veggies, a little more cheese and even some fresh pepperoni to make
your pizza a bit heartier. If you're heading out and you have to go to a
pizzeria for your pizza fix, try adding tons of veggies to your order and
stick to chicken, turkey or ham on the pizza instead of sausage. Limit
your portion size and add a side salad to fill you up. Pita pizzas are
also making some headway in the restaurant scene. Scan your menu
for a healthy whole wheat pita used as the crust. Pita pizzas often
offer the perfect portion of the real thing that will satiate any appetite.