Low calorie dining out

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Low calorie dining out2018-06-09T08:04:20+00:00

Secrets to low calorie dining out

With a little preparation, you can enjoy a low calorie dining out experience while remaining on your weight loss plan.

Save calories for meals on the days that you are dining out, and follow the guidelines below for a pleasurable and nutritious restaurant style meal! Check out our low calorie home recipes for those days.

  • Don’t arrive at the restaurant hungry – eat a piece of fruit or a serving of vegetables before you leave the house to avoid over indulging.
  • Be careful of alcoholic beverages – alcohol often stimulates your appetite, and the calories can add up quickly.
  • Decide what type of restaurant you will go to: Thai, Japanese, Greek, and Indian cuisines are often naturally lower in fat and calories than Mexican, Italian and French cuisines.
  • Look for sensible possibilities! Try replacing French fries with a baked potato. Request more veg and less pasta, or try the vegetarian option on the menu.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask the waiter for suggestions. Restaurants are interested in pleasing their customers, and will most likely accommodate any requests you have.
  • Order a salad for an appetizer and fruit for dessert. Make sure to avoid the creamy salad dressings, and ask for the dressing to be served on the side so that you have control over how much is added!

Low Calorie Dining Out – Chinese

  • Choose steamed dishes
  • Use chopsticks as it slows your eating speed so you may end up eating less
  • Order plain rice or noodles with vegetables
  • Finish with lychees, pineapple or sorbet

Lowest Calorie Dishes

  • Steamed, stir fried or barbequed dishes
  • Steamed rice or boiled noodles
  • Fresh fruit or salad

High Calorie Dishes

  • Deep-fried entrees, such as spring rolls, fried dim sims, prawn crackers
  • Deep-fried meals such as crispy skin chicken, sweet and sour pork or fish
  • Fried rice or fried noodles

Low Calorie Greek

  • Much of the oil used in salad dressings and cooking is olive oil, which is high in (good) monounsaturated fats and lower in harmful saturated fats.
  • Portions can be very large, so ask for a doggie bag, or share an entrée.
  • Béchamel sauce, a white cream sauce, is often served as a top layer on several dishes. This sauce can easily be removed and placed on the side.

Lowest Calorie Dishes

  • Greek Salad w/ dressing on the side
  • Stuffed grape leaves (dolmades)
  • Avgolemono soup
  • Roast or braised lamb
  • Fish platki
  • Baked cod
  • Souvlaki (shishkebob)
  • Rice with spinach
  • Stewed vegetables
  • Rice pudding
  • Sorbet

High Calorie Dishes

  • Puff pastry or phyllo dough appetizers
  • Avgolemono sauce
  • Fried smelts, fried fish
  • Spanokopita (spinach feta pie in phyllo dough)
  • Baklava
  • Galactoburiko (custard)

Low Calorie Japanese

  • Japanese dishes are most often broiled, steamed, marinated, braised or simmered, resulting in low-fat dishes.
  • Many vegetable choices are available; steamed rice or plain noodles are prominent
  • Sodium content may be high, due to the use of marinades, soy sauce and pickling spices. Request that MSG not be used.
  • Smaller portions can be ordered by asking for appetizers instead of entrée portions

Lowest Calorie Dishes

  • Miso (fermented soy)
  • Clear soup (osuimono)
  • Noodle soup
  • Pickled salad
  • Sushi
  • Sashimi
  • Udon (noodles)
  • Yakimono, yaki (broiled, grilled)
  • Nabe (one-pot dish)
  • Mushimono (steamed)
  • Chicken teriyaki
  • Steamed rice
  • Lite soy sauce

High Calorie Dishes

  • Agemono (deep fried)
  • Tempura (batter fried)
  • Katsue (fried pork cutlet)
  • Sukiyaki (high-fat beef dish)
  • Beef teriyaki

so there you have it, our low calorie dining out recommendations to help you choos the lowest calorie takeaway and restaurant dishes.


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