Eating out can indeed be the best solution if you don’t have the time to shop for and cook your meals. But of course, compared to homemade meals, most restaurant offerings aren’t exactly the healthiest option for you, especially if you’re on a diet. In an article published on Time.com, a study revealed that 92% of meals from both fast food and local or fine dining restaurants have more calories than what is good or healthy for the average person.
This doesn’t mean that you have to stop going to your restaurant or trying out a new one every now and then, especially if you have no choice but to eat out. By ordering the right dishes and beverages, you can still enjoy guilt-free, healthy, and delicious meals.
Here are 6 of most recommended food and beverage options you have to order if you’re looking for healthier, alkaline-rich, acid-free, yet filling and satisfying meals and drinks:
You don’t have to be vegan to order and enjoy vegetarian fare at restaurants. And you shouldn’t expect your vegan appetisers and main courses to contain only tasteless, bland, and boiled vegetables either. Many restaurants serve veggies in different and exciting ways now. Therefore finding appetizing vegan fare or meals that highlight vegetables has become an easier task today. For your main course, order eggplant parmigiana or grilled eggplants, Malai kofta, or a vegetable wrap. Not only are these dishes nutritious and low in calories but these are high in alkaline content, too. Other vegetables that are high in alkaline content include broccoli, spinach, kale, and celery; keep these in mind when checking out the restaurant’s menu.
Craving for some Japanese cuisine? Ditch the tonkatsu and ramen and opt for uncooked food. These include sushi, tofu, edible seaweed, and other vegetables that are typical ingredients of traditional Japanese dishes.
If you’re looking for something really filling, order brown rice instead of the usual white variety. Brown rice is naturally rich in fiber since its bran layer is not removed from the grain. This helps increase the fiber in your bod which in turn, helps flush out the acid toxins. In the long run, regular consumption of brown rice helps prevents high blood pressure and spikes in sugar levels. Brown rice is served in most Chinese restaurants.
Steamed, grilled, roasted, broiled or baked dishes
Stay away from fried dishes (which are quite common in Chinese restaurants and fast food chains) because these are high in calories and fat. Worse, frying robs the ingredients of their nutritious content. Too much consumption of fried foods will put you at risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Order fish, chicken, and other produce that are steamed, grilled, roasted, broiled, or baked since little or no oil is used to cook these and are simply healthier. Keep this in mind when dining at restaurant special events as well.
If you want to cap your meal with a dessert, choose a fruity treat. Apple or peach pies are highly recommended. If you want something cold and refreshing, order a smoothie made of avocados, bananas, mango, melon, papaya, etc. You can even have a combination of two or more of these fruits. If the restaurant serves ice cream made with natural fruits, don’t feel guilty about rewarding yourself.
Water, herbal tea, or fruit and vegetable beverage
Water is still the healthiest drink you can order when eating out. You can also request for a lemon and squeeze this in your water to add flavour and to turn it into an alkalized drink. Herbal tea is also a recommended beverage. Just be careful with the amount of sugar you add to your cup. You can also opt to order a smoothie with your meal, instead of having it as a dessert.
Some advance planning can also help you make healthier choices whenever you’re eating out. For instance, if you’re in the UAE, check out a list of restaurants in Dubai and their menu. From there, you can find out which ones to avoid and which ones to try. You’ll also have a quicker time deciding which dish to order, too.