As you venture back onto high streets and into city centres to eat at your favourite restaurants, enjoy your favourite foods in the healthiest way with these social, lifesaving hacks.
The world is slowly returning to the ‘old normal” and you likely wish to return to a more vibrant social life again, but this doesn’t have to come at the cost of your health goals. Life, and in particular a healthy life is about balance, so we encourage you to incorporate some of these easy menu hacks that our trainers have picked up from years of experience and research into maintaining a healthy but enjoyable lifestyle.
MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE
No matter where you choose to eat, you’ll likely be presented with a variety of options, but with almost every meal there is a way of making it healthier that may not necessarily be specified on the menu, therefore a simple way to make your meal healthier is to ask how your food, ie. steak or fish is cooked.
Request yours grilled or sautéed in olive oil or coconut oil instead of butter. If opting for fish, a chef will be happy to steam it in order to reduce calories!
In terms of sides, ask for your sauces and salad dressings on the side instead of poured over the meal, such delicacies are often presented in excess, causing unnecessary calorie intake.
An extra tip for your salad dressing; ditch the high-calorie ranch for vinaigrette or just balsamic or olive oil.
STEAM IS CLEAN
Vegetables are a must if your trying to keep your night healthy, but make sure to ask for them to be steamed or grilled, rather than sautéed in oils or butter. You can still spice things up with a squeeze of lemon or a pinch of sea salt.
An unorthodox approach which may work for you psychologically is requesting your fries/chips, if your meal comes with them, on a separate plate. Believe it or not the incentive to keep reaching for them is reduced when they aren’t on the same plate as your main portion.
WASH IT DOWN?
If you fancy a drink, try adding some sparkling water to white wine. This not only makes your drink last longer, but it has the added benefit of adding hydration to your weekend cocktail.