☆ Read the menu ahead of time - I find that choosing what I’m having ahead of time helps me make the best and healthiest decision for my body
☆ Ask how the food is prepared - It may seem silly but the way food is cooked can have a big impact on its nutrition value; don’t be afraid to ask.
☆ Eat Mindfully- Take your time to savor the flavors of your food! Especially if you’re going with company, don’t be afraid to give some attention to the eating process.
☆ If you want Balanced Energy and Nutrition
then you better eat a balanced plate- At every meal I always ensure I am eating to balance my blood sugar and ensure satiety with a clean protein, fiber-rich vegetables, good fats and quality carbohydrates. This is the key to feeling satisfied and energetic I can’t stress this enough. So each time you look at the menu ensure you are getting these four for optimum health.
☆ Order 2 appetizers instead of a main- If you’re headed to a place that you know serves massive portions, you can fill up on two smaller appetizers without going overboard.
☆ Share - My husband and I always share what we eat. It’s something we have always done and it’s so second nature that I can’t imagine eating any other way. This gives you a chance to try more the one thing so you feel satisfied because you are getting a lot of flavor without overindulging. More than not we get two appetizers and one main to split its a great conversation starter because we always give each other our opinions on what we like about the food etc.
☆ Don’t be afraid to substitute your sides - Increase your veggie intake! I always like to consider fiber and nutrients too. For example a potato is technically a vegetable however swapping it for a different veggie, like broccoli, gives me the fiber and has more nutritious value!
☆ Ask for dressing on the side - this way you can control the amount you add! Of course the best option is to ask for olive oil and vinegar
☆ Reach for the water - if you’re looking to make a healthy drink choice, skip the sodas/juices and ask for water.
☆ Bring snacks and coffee’s/teas from home with you - I always ensure that I pack enough snacks for my toddler from the type of clean snacks I like to shop for. This really helps with not only him staying on track but also with the added expense of keeping up with the snack habit of a toddler (ha). I also ensure this for my husband and I pack things like, healthy free- range turkey sticks: my favorite brand is The New Primal
The Only Bar to snack on as well as apples and other fruit options. I even go as far as bringing a sweet treat that we know is clean such as Fine and Raw
chocolate bars. We also travel with our Pique Tea Matcha
powder as hidden sugar can be found in certain matcha powders.
☆ Substitute a meal with a shake - With a toddler and an infant in tow its not always the best use of time to eat out for three meals. We typically grab a shake from somewhere like Playa Bowls
to keep ourselves on track and maximize our time. I personally like ordering my own shake because I like to ensure my shake is well balanced and not a sugar bomb.
☆ And finally TREAT yourself - Don’t limit yourself too much. If you want to indulge in your favorite meal, do so smartly and don’t beat yourself up! My husband and I are big Pizza lovers however we seek out quality spots that offer quality ingredients like pizza made with sourdough instead of traditional white flour. These little ways to stay on track make all the difference so that you can indulge without the guilt. And spoiler alert they taste ten times better.