Healthy Meals : Restaurants

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.

Tips!

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

How Eating Out as a Family Can Benefit You

Many people associate eating out with dates nights for two, but that isn’t the only time you should be eating out. Eating out as a family has many benefits for both the parents and the children. Some of the benefits are very obvious things that many people tend to overlook. These are just a few of the reasons you should plan a family night out this week.

Quality Time

At home, it’s easy to get distracted by everything else going on in your life. You may be worried about doing the dishes, getting homework done, or what a bad day you had at work, but with family dinners out that all goes away. Eating out as a family allows everyone at the table to be present and focused on nothing but spending time together and sharing good food.

Building Social Skills and Manners

Eating out is a great time to teach your kids basic social skills and manners in an environment outside of the home. Teach your child to order their own food, say please and thank you, and be polite at the dinner table. If you’re struggling to develop these skills within your child, consider using an incentive such as dessert or soda at the end of the meal.

Parents Get a Break

As a parent, it’s important to give yourself a break. While you may not always be able to find a babysitter to have a date night out, you can always take the kids out with you. Even though the kids are still around, you don’t have to cook, clean-up, or plan anything besides the drive to the restaurant. This is a great way to reconnect with your partner and give your kids a fun environment to relax in.

Regardless of what your reasoning is, a family night out obviously has plenty of benefits to justify the cost of the meal. Consider setting a weekly or monthly schedule for these nights out to build anticipation for yourself and give the kids something to look forward to.

Cuts of Steak You Should Know About

How well do you know your steak? In the steak aisle of your local supermarket are beautiful cuts of steak that you may have a hard time choosing from. Maybe you want to know what type of steak to order at your favorite restaurant. You may already know about the different cuts of steak; but how much do you know beyond the names? Let’s look at four popular cuts of steak that you should really know about.

Tenderloin

This is the tenderest cut of beef, taken from inside the short loin and sirloin, under the ribs and is boneless. It is a tender muscle, yet very lean and fine-grained in texture, with very little marbling or intramuscular fat. As such, it is not known to be a particularly moist or flavorful cut of beef, but certainly the most expensive. It can be characterized as buttery and mild in flavor. Tenderloin is also known as filet mignon, Châteaubriand, and fillet. An entire tenderloin starts out wide at the sirloin end and tapers at the pointy end called the tail. Filet mignon is taken from the smaller end, and the Châteaubriand from the thicker, wider end. Care should be taken not to overcook the tenderloin.

New York Strip

Taken from the short beef loin subprimal behind the ribs, it initially starts off with a short loin that loses the tenderloin to produce a bone-in strip loin. New York Strip does not have much connective tissue or fat between the muscles but contains a good degree of marbling throughout and fat on edge, which makes the steak flavorful and moist. The meat is fine-grained in texture and is also called Manhattan, Kansas City strip, and top sirloin.

T-Bone

Well-marbled in texture, the T-Bone steak consists of two steaks, the strip, and tenderloin, which are separated by an obvious T-shaped bone. It is cut from the saddle, a cross-section of the unfilleted short loin. It is sold as a bone in and based on USDA regulations; the tenderloin portion must be 1.25″ wide to receive porterhouse classification and .5″ wide to be regarded as a T-bone. When it comes to taste, the T-bone is a combination of tender, buttery tenderloin, and beefy, moist strip of steak.

Ribeye

Also called Entrecôte, Delmonico, and Spencer, ribeye is taken from the upper rib section (#6-12) of beef and is a “man’s” steak. It is sold as a bone in and boneless, and has a rich, smooth, fine texture, and is super-tender, with marbling and ribbons of fat, which creates a lovely, juicy, super-beefy flavor.

The Industry has the best steak around that is fit for any occasion, be it a fancy dinner, or a barbeque. We provide quality services and food that our competitors cannot match. Your steak needs are our priority.

The Best Wines for Steak, Lamb and other Red Meat

Maybe you are planning a fancy dinner, or maybe it’s a holiday feast and would like to know what wine to pair with your red meat. If you are serving, lamb, steak, veal or venison, you may hit a brick wall deciding on the most suitable wine for the occasion. Don’t worry too much, the answers are right here. Let’s help you find the right wine for your delicious meat so your guest can enjoy their meal to the max.

Steak

  • Cabernet Sauvignon is a great wine pairing for beef steak because the wine is full bodied, which complements the strong flavors from the meat itself, including smoke, marinade, and sauce. Cabernet Sauvignon’s has strong fruit tastes and flavors, and the tannins in the wine help in cutting through the fat of the steak, enhancing the texture and taste, and also making the steak burst with flavor.
  • Zinfandel is another steak-friendly wine that has moderate levels of tannins and high levels of acidity, which can counter the fat found in steak. Despite being gutsier and less refined than a Cabernet, Zinfandel has a characteristically bold grapey spiciness and thick richness, making it a good pairing for ribeye and t-bone steaks.

Lamb

  • Syrah is a good pairing for grilled lamb that has a rich, musty flavor. The wine has a lighter, more delicate flavor, which can amplify the natural flavors in Syrah, including blackberry, olive, pepper, clove, vanilla, mint, rosemary, chocolate, allspice, rosemary, clove, and mint.
  • Pinot Noir with lamb is a marriage made in heaven. The acidity, silky tannins and bright fruit notes in Pinot Noir counter the gamey, earthy richness of the lamb, but still holds up the bold flavors of the lamb.

Veal

  • A medium-bodied Pinot Grigio goes well with the veal’s delicate flavors, though very neutral, tart and flavorless itself. The aromas of citrus, pear, and melon in the wine are a perfect balance of lightness that does not overpower the veal in flavor.

Venison

  • Côtes du Rhône is a versatile wine that is a blend and not a single grape. Since venison is not a friend of tannins, Côtes du Rhône is a good pairing with a pleasant aroma of strawberry, raspberry, black cherry and a hint of peppery spice.

You should have no problem finding the best wines for your steak, lamb and other red meats because there are a variety of options available on the market. The Industry restaurant has the best wines to match your favorite foods because they are sourced from the best grapes from the best vineyards.