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It’s spring and summer swimsuit season is around the corner. How to choose a great restaurant and still eat healthy.

When you choose to eat a healthier diet, you choose the foods that you like and learn to prepare them in different ways. You fall into a routine and enjoy finding new ways to create healthy dishes.

Every once in a while, you still want to go out, have a quiet relaxing evening out with friends or family. You want to stay with your healthy diet, and choosing a restaurant that serves healthy food can be a little frustrating.

Unless the restaurant you choose is a health food restaurant, you’re going to find that your favorite restaurants are not specifically low fat, sugar, carb, sodium & calorie. You really have to look at the menu and choose healthy options. Even fast food restaurants now offer a healthy menu selection.

Burgers in a fast food restaurant or in a fine dining restaurant can have as much as 1800 calories, and huge amounts of artery clogging fat; these same restaurants offer healthy green salads low cal dressing. Its all in your approach, you can enjoy dining out, and keeping to your healthy lifestyle.

When you’re in a sit down restaurant, a brief description of what the dish contains is on the menu; if your still not sure, ask the waitperson how the dish is prepared. A good restaurant will train their waitstaff to answer questions like these. You can also ask the waitperson to substitute foods in the dish for healthier options; most restaurants will do this.

You can also choose the salad bar as your main dish, this way you are controlling what is on your plate.  Most salad dressings are loaded with calories and fats, so make sure it is the low calorie dressing, or you can just use some vinegar or lemon juice on your salad. You can choose the healthiest vegetables in the bar.

Most restaurants offer a breadbasket when you are seated; you can ask the waitperson if they have a whole grain bread basket or choose not to eat what is there.  Instead of putting butter on the bread, either enjoy it plain, or just put balsamic vinegar on it or a mix of a tiny amount of olive oil with the vinegar.  It is delicious. When the bread basket arrives many people aren’t able to just eat the one, so you can ask them to just bring you one roll, or not to bring any to the table.

It is recommended that you do not go to all you can eat buffets because you will be tempted to try all of the delectable treats on the table; it is also recommended that you do not order the specials on menus as most specials will contain all the ingredients you are trying to stay away from.

It is best not to go when you are extremely hungry, that also leads to quick and bad food choices.  Having a half or a whole Granola Gourmet Energy Bar will help you curb your appetite enough so you will not feel like eating everything in site at the restaurant.

Any restaurant can be a healthy one; it is up to you to make healthy menu choices. You should not have to sacrifice a night out because you want to stay on your healthy diet. You can go out and have fun, give yourself the night off from cooking and enjoy healthy eating and let someone else do all the work!


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