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How to order right at a restaurant

Gorging on weekends what we all love doing. But have you ever wondered that you maybe ordering wrong. Restaurants more often than not can do damage to a healthy diet. So if you want to lose weight and are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle – order right.

Most dishes that ‘appear’ healthy on the menu, often come with hidden ingredients like butter and oils that can turn it into a calorie and fat intensive meal.

Follow this guide of foods to order:

1. Salads: Salads are very healthy, but they can also be very unhealthy. Follow these guidelines:

GO FOR: – Salads with fruit, veggies, beans and lean protein, such as grilled chicken or fish. – Dressings that are vinaigrette based. Always have the waiter or waitress bring the dressing on the side. When you get the dressing, use it moderately.

AVOID: – Salads containing cheese, sour cream, nuts, tortilla chips or strips, croutons, meats, fried chicken or fried fish. – Cream or mayo based dressings. (Example, Blue Cheese, Thousand Island, French)

2. Soups: Soups can be a healthy option, but often, they are filled with butter, oil and highly saturated creams or dairy (cheese).

GO FOR:
Broth or stock based soups that contain fish or chicken, veggies and beans. (Example: Clam Chowder, Gazpacho, Minestrone, Chicken Noodle))

AVOID: Soups with cream, cheese or milk. (Example: New England Clam Chowder, Broccoli Cheese)

3. Appetizers: Appetizers are a great way of eating light. Go for two appetizers (such as a salad and a protein based appetizer) to keep your meal light. Avoid appetizers that are fried or greasy.

GO FOR: – Vegetable based appetizers (salads, grilled vegetables, veggie spring rolls) – Those with grilled, boiled or seared lean meats (Chicken skewers) – Fish appetizers that are cooked or sushi style (Shrimp Cocktail, tuna sushi roll)

AVOID: – Those that are fried (fried shrimp, chicken fingers, dumplings, etc.) – Those with cheese (artichoke/spinach dip, cheese fritters, etc.) – Those that come with chips

4. Side Dishes: Many side dishes are vegetable based, which is great for getting in fibre and needed nutrients.

Potatoes: GO FOR: Opt for whole boiled or baked potatoes or sweet potatoes.
AVOID: Stay away from mashed or fried potatoes.

Veggies: GO FOR: Opt for steamed or grilled veggies. Avoid grilled vegetables that are oily. AVOID: Those mixed with milk, cream or cheese (creamed spinach, broccoli and cheese) and suteed vegetables.

5. Entrees: Meats, Chicken and Fish: GO FOR: Grilled chicken or fish. Grilled meats are okay if they are very lean. AVOID: – Breaded fish or chicken – Stuffed meats – Avoid meats and fish that are fried – Fatty meats or fatty pork

Pastas: AVOID: – Those with tomato or broth based sauces (Example: marinara, puttanesca, olive oil and garlic) – Those with vegetables and grilled or lightly sauteed chicken or fish WORST: Those with cream, cheese or meat based sauces (Example: a la vodka, pesto, alfredo, bolognese)

source: timesofindia.indiatimes