Print this list off and keep it in your purse when you’re faced with tough decisions at a restaurant. We want you to enjoy eating socially, not fear every menu put in front of you. These eight tips will surely help you stay on track.
Burgers: Forgo the bun and wrap your patty with lettuce.
Chinese: Trade fried dumplings for steamed and lo mein for brown rice. You’ll cut extra fat and get a fibre boost.
Indian: Order chicken tikka or lentil dishes instead of cream or coconut-milk-based curries. Munch on crunchy pappadums, not thick naan.
Italian: Substitute grilled chicken on pasta with a sprinkle of parmesan for chicken parm.
Japanese: Tempura is tempting, so fill up with a bowl of miso soup or edamame first.
Mexican: Fill your burrito with black beans instead of refried. And the spicier the salsa, the better — it’ll turbocharge your metabolism.
Pizza: Ditch the deep-dish for thin crust. Bonus points if you order a whole-grain base.
Subs: Skip the tuna salad, which can be loaded with fat from mayonnaise, and go for turkey or vegetable fillings.
What helps you stay on track at restaurants?