Most people think eating "clean" means eating the same old boring, flavorless food day after day. That's not true at all!
While I do try to food prep meals to eat on throughout the week (saving time and money, as well as helping me stick to my clean diet), we still choose to eat out once every two weeks or so. Usually, we grab something off of a to-go menu (it's easier that way with el kiddo), but that doesn't mean I compromise my eating values!
Here are a couple of tips to help you choose healthy options when you're grabbing a bite on the go or dining in:
-Choose grilled, broiled, or baked whenever possible.
-Pick lean proteins, such as chicken or fish. Not only will you be getting more protein for your buck (steaks such as ribeye are very fatty, but since you pay by the weight of the steak, you're paying for the protein AND the fat), but you'll also be getting the lean protein that is necessary in muscle-building.
-Skip the starchy sides (such as fries, white rice, and pasta) and opt for vegetables or a complex carb like baked sweet potatoes or brown rice. Nowadays, lots of restaurants are adding gluten-free options to their menus (such as Olive Garden's brown rice pasta). If this option is available to you, snatch it up!
-Watch those drink calories! Sodas and sweet teas definitely don't fit into a clean diet, but mixed drinks can be just as bad. If you're going to have an adult beverage, ask for something that is simple and that you can name all of the ingredients. For instance, instead of a margarita (which is LOADED with sugar and preservatives), ask for a glass of fresh lime juice with a shot of tequila in it. Then add a little agave syrup from your purse (what??? You don't carry agave syrup around with you?? Well, you should!) and you've got a yummy, tart, CLEAN margarita!
-Avoid any "additives", such as butter (chances are they don't use the organic, pure butter), sauces that are loaded with junk (such as alfredo and teriyaki), and condiments that have absolutely NO nutritional value (yes, I am talking about ketchup and ranch!). Instead, ask for them to prepare your meals using olive oil, salt, and pepper. I promise, you won't miss all of the fatty, salt-laiden extras!
-Don't do dessert. I know, I know...dessert can be a magical ending to a fabulous meal. But chances are, it's going to leave you feeling guilty and stuffed like a tick! So, just say "no"! If you're still hungry when you get home, munch on a Luna bar or a spoonful of peanut butter instead!
So, there you have it! Those tips should be able to get you through any meal at any restaurant! If you'd like me to help you pick a clean, healthy meal at a specific restaurant, please comment below or contact me through the contact page. I'm sure we can find something to keep you on track!