Avoid processed foods when eating out

Avoid Processed Food When Eating Out

Once you begin to avoid processed food, you will find yourself eating out less frequently. But there are always going to be times when seasonal holidays, birthday celebrations and get-togethers with family and friends make it tough for you to eat in a healthy manner.

However, there are some steps you can take which will help you avoid processed food any time you eat away from your home. For instance, avoid processed salad dressings and choose oil and vinegar instead the next time you join your friends for dinner, either in their home or restaurant.

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Choose grilled over fried as an option whenever possible. Food items which are processed and prepackaged may be fried in oil that contains trans fats. And when eating at a restaurant, don’t be afraid to ask your chef or waiter how certain meals are prepared.

Another great way of avoiding processed foods when you eat out is to take advantage of the growing movement towards healthy dining options. Many restaurant menus contain gluten-free, heart-healthy and non-processed sections, making avoiding processed foods easy. Sometimes these are not printed. But all you have to do is ask and you might get a meal prepared in a healthier way.

You might want to skip dessert as well. Desserts are notoriously high in sugar and other processed additives which serve no other reason than to preserve them longer and get you hooked on their taste.

One of the best ways to keep from eating unhealthy manufactured foods when attending a party or gathering is to bring your own dish. And whether at a friend’s house or restaurant, skip flavored beverages and stick with water.

You can also eat a small portion of something healthy and filling before you head out, so you limit the number of processed calories you consume. Now let’s take a look at some yummy dishes you can make at home that beat their processed counterparts in flavor and health.

 

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