Every day we leave our homes to go to work, school, or to run errands. Most of us don’t stop to realize that the majority of establishments we are passing by are fast food restaurants, bakeries, delis, and diners. It seems everywhere we look, food is right in front of us. It’s no wonder that over half of our nation is considered obese. Even though we are faced with these unhealthy choices, we can still use good judgment and knowledge to turn a high fat and calorie meal into an acceptable, wise food choice.
Forty seven cents of every dollar Americans make is spent on dining out. Whether it’s running through the drive through after a hectic day or sitting down at a nice restaurant, the fact is we give more money to dining establishments than we do the grocery store. This leaves us to make some unhealthy and sometimes hasty choices.
As healthy eating becomes more of a common topic, restaurants have started adding healthy alternatives to their menu. Unfortunately, these alternatives are sometimes more of a portion than we need. Even when ordering a nice meal off of the healthy menu, ask the waiter for a doggie bag in advance. The leftover dinner can become a nice lunch the next day. Not only are calories saved, but money as well.
Even plates that are not advertised as healthy alternatives can be modified to cut some calories. Craving a burger? No problem. Ask the waiter to hold the cheese and mayo, and about two hundred calories are shaved off of that meal. Another option is to ask for a baked potato or fruit cup instead of the traditional French fries. Omitting the butter and sour cream from the baked potato and opting to dip in a side of catsup can help cut that French fry craving.
Fast food restaurants have also gotten into the habit of offering healthy choices. Salads, yogurt parfaits, and grilled chicken are some of the options offered. Although a salad sounds healthy, do realize that most salads made in these establishments...