I find that when I go out to eat at a restaurant, it throws my sodium off. But just as important, I don't reach my goals for fruits, vegetables, and fiber. Most salads at restaurants around here are a cup, maybe 2 of a green. Then 1 slice of onion pulled apart into rings, 1 slice of tomato. Then whatever animal protein you've ordered.
No fruit. And I figure the salad gives me one serving of veg.If I add a potato, whether fried or baked with toppings, my calories are gone, usually for the whole day,
An option of throwing on some chickpeas or edamame would be nice.
Or some steamed veg like green beans, carrots, broccoli/cauliflower, or even some fruit like orange slices, banana, apple, or berries and sliced raw almond, walnuts, or cashews or seeds would go a long way toward providing a healthy option for diners.
If I were younger, I'd start a restaurant where you pick a certain # of items from 3 columns:
Column 1 The base of your dish: baked grains: rice, quinoa, oats, pasta Greens: spinach, chopped kale, mixed greens
Column 2: Fruit/Veg add ons Fresh fruit Salad Fresh Veg. salad Veg. stir fry Tomato/veg sauce
Column 3: Protein topping chopped nuts or seeds legumes soy/grain product animal product: egg, cheese, meat/fish
Column 4: flavorings balsamic glaze choice of oils, vinegars, juices, etc.
I agree w/ Rosafus, they'll be another opportunity like dinner to make healthier choices. I am a "frygirl" from way back, but I notice now, I don't enjoy them nearly as much, and only now am more prone to make substitutions, which is huge. At least you are aware of the selections.
Today I met up with a few friends for lunch. It is a beautiful day and we decided to eat outside. Since it was so windy we quickly moved inside. Instead of leaning towards a healthy choice (there were not many at this place)I went for my usual chicken fingers and fries. It was like I could smell the yummy fries cooking and all my good intention to eat healthier went out the window.
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