Want to eat like a nutrition pro? Many people ask us what we order when we eat out. Well….here’s what we do when we’re at a burger joint, convenience store, ice cream parlor, pizzeria, convenience stores or rest stops.
Order a regular burger or grilled chicken sandwich. At my favorite burger joint, In-N-Out Burgers in CA, I’ll go with lettuce instead of a bun and order two single patties. I then pile on tomato slices and pickles, mustard and ketchup. Watch special sauces as special is just a euphymism for extra calories.–Julie
I order a kid size or one-scoop serving of a more traditional flavor like vanilla, chocolate or strawberry. If you go with more “exotic” flavors like anything considered fudgy, chunky, nutty, rocky equals more fat and calories.
Opt for a kiddie cone — less ice cream can fit into a small cone than a cup — and cones have hardly any calories, as long as they’re not huge waffle cones. If you like frozen yogurt or sorbet, go for it, as they are generally going to be lower in calories than hand-scooped ice cream. Also, the soft-serve will be a better calorie bargain that hand-scooped. –Julie
If I’m at an ice cream shop, I’m having ice cream! Try not to have an ice cream treat more than once every couple of weeks … even less if you are aiming to lose weight. When you do go, stick with one scoop in a regular-sized cone. And make sure you savor the experience! Skip the sundaes and heavy toppings. My favorite: Mint Choco Chip!!–Katherine
-Go with just one slice with veggie-only toppings. Order a side salad to fill up (dressing on the side) instead of having two or three slices of pizza.–Katherine
– I always downsize the size of the pie and then order a thin-crust. A thin-crust can save about 100 calories a slice compared to a deep-dish pie. For toppings, I always ask for double the veggies and half the cheese. –Julie
-Look for a national chain that has healthier fare. Starbucks is great. I go for their Bistro Boxes or just get a tall non-fat latte. –Katherine
-At rest stops and C-stores I always go for the single-serve bags of peanuts, cashews or sunflower seeds. If they have containers of yogurt, I’ll get one of those as well. I look for snacks that have protein and fiber to keep me fuller longer. –Julie
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