National Nutrition Month, sponsored by the American Society of Nutrition, focuses on healthy eating habits every year in March. One challenging aspect of maintaining a healthy diet is the common practice of eating at restaurants, especially on the go, in place of eating home-cooked food prepared fresh at home. So in honor of National Nutrition Month, we are looking at common healthy meals you can get in most restaurants.
To make healthier food choices when you aren’t at home, here are several tips to improve the quality of your diet and improve the level of nutrition your body receives:
- Drink water. While water isn’t exactly a meal on the menu, it can definitely help to avoid additional empty calories. Avoiding sugary drinks, juices, and sodas can greatly reduce calorie intake. In addition, water provides many health benefits beyond simply avoiding calories.
- Make at least half your plate fruits and vegetables. By filling up on healthier fruits and vegetables, you can enjoy a little more leeway with your main dish.
- Control portion sizes. Some restaurants are known for generous plate sizes and all-you-can-eat buffets and specials. But overeating causes its own health issues in addition to causing the overconsumption of fats, sodium, and additives in the restaurant foods.
- Explore different dishes and flavors. While your favorite, go-to meals can go down quickly and offer comfort, perhaps a savory or spicy dish with a fresh flavor palate a little less familiar will bring you out of flavor boredom and help you savor and enjoy the dish.
- Slow down. Eating too fast can cause you to overeat, leading to other health issues as well. By slowing down, your body can properly digest your meal and tell you when it’s full.
- Eat seafood more often. It is recommended that twice a week, you eat seafood if you are not allergic. Its nutritional value, low-fat content, and satisfying taste can improve the quality of your diet, and it is readily accessible on many restaurant menus.
- When in doubt, cut the bread out. Reaching for wraps, burritos, and other non-bread options can help reduce carbohydrate intake, keep blood sugar levels more stable, and allow more room in your appetite for nutritious fruits and vegetables to fill you up instead.
Specific meals that can meet these criteria include burritos for breakfast, wraps, and soups for lunch, and seafood dishes for dinner that are heavy on vegetable sides and sensible in overall portion control. Remember to drink plenty of water before and after the meal, and to avoid added sugary desserts when you can turn them away.
With our wide variety of menus, you definitely have the option of treating yourself to a healthy meal. Check out The Industry’s menus here or call us now to make a reservation