Episode 20 – A simple strategy for picking healthy foods at restaurants

Social health is very important and has many benefits including, relating with others, fostering a support network as well as plain old having fun. Part of socialising is eating out, but eating out can often be difficult especially if you’re trying to keep healthy. In this article, let’s learn about picking healthy foods at restaurants.


1.  Go to a place that’s more likely to sell healthier food

The first thing to look for when choosing foods is to choose an outlet that provides healthy food options. This sounds like common sense but people make funny decisions under stress, hunger, and fatigue. If you going to go to a fast food restaurant, don’t expect to eat healthy. By doing this, you’ve basically cut out or completely reduced your possibility of eating healthy. So, start well by choosing a good healthy restaurant.


What to look for?

Look for the following cuisine options as they are more likely to be healthy:

  • Japanese
  • Vietnamese
  • Korean
  • Authentic Italian
  • Greek
  • Thai
  • A health-focused café or restaurant such as a salad cafe or juice bar.


2. Look for the lean meat or vegetarian protein option

It’s a good idea to look at lean meats first (or vegetarian options if you don’t eat meat). The reason you start looking for these is because they usually come with a good healthy accompaniment. The following lean meats are good to look for:

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Kangaroo
  • Fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, bream, snapper
  • Lamb
  • Duck
  • Wild game meat


So, it’s important to start good. If you don’t, things can quickly escalate in the wrong direction:

  • Burger – it usually comes with fries or onion rings on white bread.
  • Fried chicken – the side accompaniment on the dish is usually deb or fries.
  • Others to watch out for include: crumbed, fried, deep-fried, breaded, battered.


What’s the other two things to look for when picking healthy foods at restaurants? Read on!

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