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Tips for Eating Healthy at a Restaurant for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and that means about 25 percent of the American population will be hitting those restaurants. In fact, Valentine’s Day is the second most popular dining out holiday (Mother’s Day tops the charts).

In a perfect world, every meal available at your favorite restaurants would be flawlessly
tailored to your weight loss plan. Portions would be precise and chefs would only use fresh, ingredients, making sure to include lots of veggies. But we live in this world; and although many restaurants are coming around by making menus that appeal to a more health-conscious crowd, it’s still possible to easily overdo it when eating out. Sure, the best way to know EXACTLY what you’re eating is to just prepare all your food at home, but sometimes you need to have a night out. Eating out doesn’t mean that you need to throw all caution to the wind, though. We’ll teach you how to navigate a menu to make the best choices and provide some tips on how to prevent temptation so that you can leave the restaurant feeling good.

Skip the Bread

A big basket of warm, fresh bread dipped in garlicky olive oil would probably be a temptation for anyone. If you’re at a restaurant that serves bread, ask them to take it away from the table. When it’s out of your sight, you’re far less likely to munch while you’re chatting and waiting for your food. If you’re with a group that won’t agree to removing the bread from the table, pop a piece of gum in your mouth. The fresh mint will make it less likely that you mindlessly reach for a piece of bread since the combination of flavors wouldn’t taste that great anyway.

Navigating the Menu

Some restaurants make it easy for you by putting healthier dishes in their own section, but others have the lighter fare scattered throughout the menu. Look through the menu for the words “baked”, “broiled”, or “steamed”. These terms indicate that the food was prepared using heat without extra added fat (and calories), while words like “fried”, “breaded”, or “crispy” mean that the food was rolled in some type of breadcrumbs and then cooked in fat.

You also want to choose dishes that allow you to pick your sides. When choosing sides, opt for green veggies, like broccoli or green beans, and double up on them. Skip cheesy or creamy side dishes. Ask the waiter to have the chef lightly steam the veggies and then toss them in a small amount of olive oil and sprinkle with some salt and pepper instead of frying them or tossing them in a vat of butter.

Start with a Salad

Start your meal with a light, fresh salad, but don’t assume that all salads are healthy. Some have toppings, like cheese, nuts, and croutons, that quickly add up the calories. Choose a salad that’s just a mixture of different types of veggies and drizzle it with some oil and vinegar instead of creamy bleu cheese or ranch dressing. The goal is to start filling up on fresh veggies before your meal comes.

Practice Portion Control Early

Restaurants are notorious for serving astronomical sized portions. While this is nice in the sense that you’re getting what you pay for, it’s not nice for your waistline. You may have good intentions to only eat half of your meal, but it can be easy to overeat. Ask the waiter to bring a to-go container with your meal. Before you even start to eat, put half of it in the to-go container and set it aside. You’ll get two meals for the price of one.

Valentine’s Day Ideas That Don’t Involve Dinner

VM loveGoing out to eat has become a favorite pastime and a go-to social event. Night out with the girls? Dinner and cocktails. Date night? Movie and a romantic dinner. Business meeting? Lunch with your boss. It seems like no matter what the event, food is always involved. Now there’s nothing inherently wrong with this, but when you’re trying to lose weight, the temptation of your favorite meals (in rather large portions might we add) at your favorite restaurants can be too much to bear.

We know that Valentine’s Day is a special occasion so you may have worked it into your plan to splurge a little bit, but since the special day falls on a Saturday this year, we thought it would be fun to suggest some things you could do instead of the standard dinner date.

Go For a Hike

Instead of waiting ‘til nightfall, grab your honey and hit those trails midday. You’ll be able to take in some fresh air all while spending some quality time catching up with each other without the interruption of a lot of people around. The added bonus: instead of eating too many calories, you’ll actually be burning them!

Sunset Walk

The sun rises and falls every single day and yet many of us miss the chance to just stop for a moment and really look. Valentine’s Day is a great time to take a leisurely stroll through your neighborhood or a local park and then sit down on a blanket and just enjoy the beauty of the earth while you also enjoy your company. You can also schedule your hike so that you reach the top at sunset.

Dance Lessons

Have you ever wanted to learn to salsa? Well now’s the time! Taking a dance lesson is a wonderful way to bond with your partner or get close to a new fling while also having a few laughs AND burning calories. Just don’t take yourself too seriously and you’re in for a treat!

Couple’s Massage

If you’re overworked and over-stressed, or if you just need a little down time for some pampering, a couple’s massage may be just the thing you need on Valentine’s Day. Massages can boost immunity, reduce pain, and relieve stress so you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of your night. If you’re really lucky, you may even be able to get two massage therapists to come to your house so you don’t have to step foot outside your door.

Cooking Lessons

Okay, so this isn’t avoiding food entirely BUT cooking lessons are a great way to have some fun while also learning how to cook your own meals at home. You can even make it more beneficial to you by choosing a cooking class that focuses on healthy cooking or making clean meals. You’ll have fun and learn a life skill that you can carry with you into the future.

Comedy Show

You know what they say – laughter is the best medicine. Grab your date and go hit a comedy show. It doesn’t matter if it’s a big name comedian or a local stand-up comedian at your neighborhood bar. Spending the night laughing is a great way to get rid of some stress and really let go.