Cooking your own food at home is one of the best ways to ensure you are sticking you’re your healthy eating habits. But committing yourself to a healthier lifestyle does not have to mean saying goodbye to your social life! Making healthy choices at restaurants is totally doable. Here are some of the best tips on how to make better food decisions while dining out.

Choose the right restaurant.

Be an active participant when it comes to selecting a restaurant by finding eateries in your area that offer healthier options. Make a list of your top three and suggest them to your group. This way, no matter which one is chosen, you know there will be wholesome options available.

Review the menu to decide ahead.

Once you have a restaurant locked down, scope out the menu. What options appear the healthiest? If you struggle with willpower when it comes to food, selecting an order in advance makes it easier to decline the leaning tower of nachos once you arrive. Make a decision and stick to it!

Don’t limit yourself.

Sure, the salad section on the menu is a great place to start, but there are so many other options for healthy meals! Look for entrees with lean protein such as fish, chicken, or turkey. Skip the starchy sides (like fries) and ask for extra vegtables instead. Or maybe try a burger wrapped in lettuce (without the bun!) instead.

Don’t be afraid to ask.

Don’t be afraid to ask your server about swaps they would recommend to keep it light. Can you swap out the fries for a spinach salad or extra veggies? Can they do a simple oil and vinegar dressing instead of ranch? Don’t be shy! It may seem strange at first, but there is nothing wrong with wanting to know what you are putting in your body.

Go easy on the drinks.

Stick to lemon water (it’s free!), herbal tea, or sparkling water. If alcohol is involved, choose lighter drinks like vodka soda, a light beer, or red wine. Try to stay away from sugary drinks of the soda and cocktail variety.

Follow these tips when eating out and you will most likely be able to stick to those healthy eating habits.

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