About 75% of Americans eat out at least once a week, writes Fitness, and these mealtime outings serve a greater purpose than just fulfilling our appetites: They’re an important aspect of our social lives, as well. As most of us already know, a night out at a restaurant, pub, or cafe can prove challenging to navigate while adhering to a strict diet. This is not only because we’re faced with so many tantalizing (and not-very-healthy) options, but also because we’re too busy enjoying the camaraderie of friends and family to focus on food habits.
Next time you’re out to eat at a restaurant, try to keep your diet on track by staying conscious of these five tips.
1. Get to know the menu
Most restaurants have their food and drink offerings available online so that you can prepare a health-conscious decision well ahead of arriving for your meal, reports Today. It can be handy to keep these nutritional facts in mind prior to arriving and being overwhelmed with a wide variety of tasty and tantalizing offerings.
Some establishments even have separate menus for healthy eating. Those that don’t will still have a sampling of dishes catering to a lighter palate, often with calorie and fat counts included. Stay away from fried foods — rather, stick with grilled items, vegetables, and salads.