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11 Ways to Lighten Up Any Restaurant Meal
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I find most places are becoming better at the new food awareness. More places have gluten free, vegetarian options, and nut- free dishes but it is up to us to get it right. After a while it becomes routine to get dressing on the side ir ask for broiled entrees. My strategies usually work andif I goof up, I won’t fo it twice. And I try to get info re menus online. It’s a jungle out there.
Good advise. I need to start asked g questions.
Another option you can use is ask for sauces or toppings that you like or are unfamiliar with on the side. Then you can add just a little taste of it instead of getting you food with a heavy coating of it.
Great advice! I try to make eating out a special occasion so I can indulge in dessert.
Great advice, printed article so I could re-read it.
Great advice! I usually take 1/2 home!
Thank you for this article!!!
I try to pick the food that is lightest in calories.
I would want some of the things mentioned to leave out, like meat, cream, butter. But if I eat only part of the meal , take some home for another day or share with my spouse, it is "eating in moderation" and that works, too.
I have been a server in a few different restaurants, and substitutions are fine...as long as you're nice about it. I know that most of the places I worked, if there are too many substitutions, you might end up with longer wait times on your food (so expect that), the server may get "yelled" at by the kitchen staff, and it is a lot of extra work / room for error for multiple teams - especially during busy times. Some substitutions even require a manager to do it. From my experience, servers are more than happy to answer as many questions as you have (or check on answers if they need to). I personally just ask for a box at the beginning of the meal & put half of my food in it before I take a bite.I don't mean to sound negative about substitutions, they just have some consequences to be mindful of.
These are great tips. Another good idea is to go to restaurants that show the amount of calories, like Panera Bread. It makes your life easier!
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