By Emily McLaughlin
At a restaurant, you can usually choose your dressing, sides and how you would like your meal seasoned. Unfortunately, there are times where you are eating out, or grabbing a meal on-the-go, and you can’t customize your meal. For example, if you are eating at a conference, luncheon or maybe grabbing a sandwich at your local cafe, you can’t usually choose what goes on your food.
To make your meal a bit healthier and to your liking, you might have to do some customization post-preparation.
The best way to do this, is by choosing something that can be *edited*. Last week, I attended a conference in Boston where free lunch was served. I was not about to pass up a free lunch, so I looked around for the healthiest sounding sandwich possible. Sandwiches are easy to take apart and make healthier. There are a few ways to do so. First, take off the top piece of bread–odds are, it’s not too good for you. Second, take a look at how much cheese is on there–if there is more than one slice, take it off. Cheeses pack unnecessary amounts of fat and that up the calorie count of your meal. In my case, my sandwich had unheard of amounts of blue cheese crumbles–I got ride of more than half.
Next, check the dressing or condiment used on the sandwich–if it’s on the side, don’t add it… if it’s already on the sandwich, see if you can scrape some off. Last, if your sandwich is meaty, take some off–you probably don’t need all it to feel full.
Sandwiches are easy, but if they are not on the menu. Use you best judgement when picking your already-prepared-meal. Also, remember that just because it sounds healthy, doesn’t mean it is healthy. Yogurts, granola cereals, fish dishes, salads and vegetarian options can all be diet-ruiners. Remember you don’t have to finish your meal.
One last tip for eating out: Eat slowly and drink water in between bites so you can feel yourself starting to get full.
How do you customize your meals?