How To Order Healthier Foods In Restaurants

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Healthier Ways to Eat Out in Restaurants

When I eat out I want to enjoy the social experience, the restaurant ambiance and the food. I also want to feel good in my body afterwards.

Sadly, restaurant food often includes more fat (oils, butter, margarine) in cooking and in sauces and dressings and does not include enough minimally processed vegetables, fruits and starches (rice, potato,sweet potato, etc).  Many people looking for healthier options resort to eating salads, which leave them feeling hungry and unsatisfied.

As a vegan who follows a plant-based diet, I want every meal to be plant-centered. I center my plate around minimally processed foods like: fruits, vegetables, starchy vegetables, roots/tubers, intact whole grains and legumes such as beans, peas, and lentils.

Healthy eating visual Jeff Novick's guide

I have found that is is easier to get a healthy vegan meal at Mexican, Asian (Thai, Chinese, Japanese, etc.), Indian and Vegetarian/Vegan restaurants.  But I do think it is possible to get a healthy and satisfying meal at almost any restaurant if you know how and what to order.

How to order:

Many people seem scared to ask directly and clearly for what they want.  You can ask kindly for the food you want to eat.  It is not helping anyone if you eat food that does not make you feel well physically and emotionally.

5 Healthy Tips on What To Order In Restaurants:

  1. Ask for dishes to be prepared without oil.  If this is not possible, ask for less oil.
  2. Order a side of plain starch (rice, bread, baked potato or pasta) along with any vegetable dish you are eating.
  3. All dressings and sauces should be served on the side.
  4. Raw or steamed vegetables make an excellent side dish.
  5. If you know it will not be possible to craft a healthy meal for yourself, eat a nourishing meal before you go.

Eating out should be a social pleasure that also is good for your body.

Your turn: Tell me in your comments your favorite tip for eating out in restaurants.

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