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How to eat out without freaking out!

I used to think that it was impossible to eat healthy when eating out so I used to use it as an excuse to eat unhealthy! But a few years ago I started eating out nearly a lot more often so I´ve had to find ways to eat out without freaking out, or going all out :)

Here are my fail proof tips!

1) Choose your restaurant wisely. Most restaurants offer some sort of healthy option but if in doubt, check out the menu online before you go.

2) Send back the bread basket. I used to love bread and the only way I managed to get off it was to no longer have it in front of me. There´s nothing in bread that we really need and eating it will just fill you up with empty calories and cause a surge in blood sugar levels which will leave you craving for more.

3) Order water and drink 1 or 2 cups before the meal arrives. This way you´re not confusing your thirst with hunger which reduces your chances of overeating.

4) If you´re up for it, avoid alcohol all together but otherwise try stick with just one drink. Choose the thing you prefer the most and savor every drop of it. Sip it slowly and make sure to alternate your sips of alcohol with water. Alcohol is dehydrating so drinking water is also a sure way to avoid a hangover.

5) If you feel like a starter, try go for something that is either mainly vegetables or some sort of fish tartar or carpaccio.

6) When choosing your main course, identify what protein you´re going to have first. Chicken, meat (preferably grassfed), fish, seafood or a vegan source of protein like lentils, quinoa or chickpeas are all great choices.

7) Go for something that´s preferably grilled or steamed and avoid any foods that are deep-fried. Avoid anything with heavy sauces or ask for it to be put on the side so that you can choose just to have a little of it. Alternatively, ask for olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper to flavor fish or opt for mustard if you´re having meat.

8) Skip the starches and double up on the vegetables instead. So for example if the fish you´ve chosen comes with rice or potatoes, ask them to be replaced with green beans, broccoli or whatever vegetable is in season instead. Aim to fill at least half your plate with a colorful range of seasonal vegetables. These are filled with vitamins & antioxidants to keep you healthy & glowing.

9) Try stay away from pasta, potatoes & fries. These are nutritionally poor and don´t bring anything but empty calories, a surge in blood sugar levels and something for your body to burn instead of burning fat. 

10) If you can, skip dessert and opt for a fresh mint tea instead. If you´re craving something sweet ask for some fresh berries or a scoop of sorbet.  Berries are full of vitamins & antioxidants and are low in sugar. Sorbet is a healthier version to ice cream as it contains some vitamins from the fruit, no diary and often less sugar. My personal favorite is coconut sorbet with dark chocolate sauce. It´s probably not as healthy as having berries but it´s a good compromise and makes me feel like I´ve had something really indulgent even though it´s actually not that bad at all.

11) Eat slowly, enjoy your company and stop when you´re gently satisfied, around 80% full. I´m not very good at this because I love food so much but I always try to remember that this will not be my last meal and that it´s always worth keeping room for the next meal! Or for dessert! :)

I hope this is helpful & inspires you to eat a little more healthy when eating out!