Yesterday’s Evening Workout
Zumba – 60 minutes
- Ran 1 mile
Yesterday afternoon, we took my dad out for a last-minute birthday lunch.
Sometimes I actually wear real clothes and do my hair and make-up…
…although I much prefer workout clothes and VS sweatpants.
Sometimes when you’re focusing on eating healthy, going to a restaurant can really sabotage your efforts. You want to be social and have fun, but you also want to eat healthy at the same time.
I used to be the kind of person that loved to go to restaurants to really enjoy myself which meant appetizers, whatever I wanted to eat, maybe a few drinks or dessert. But that can really start to add up especially if you’re eating out every weekend. I think that it’s fine to do that every once in awhile but not all the time.
Eating healthy at a restaurant doesn’t have to be boring.
We took my dad to a restaurant called Cheddar’s yesterday. I have never been there before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. A great tip for eating healthy at restaurants is to check the menu online before you go so you know what your options are.
Most restaurants have a “lighter” menu with food choices that are lower calories, gluten-free, or lower sodium. Luckily, Cheddar’s has a great lighter menu that I ordered from. I ate so good all last week and I really wanted to continue on that path.
I ordered the miso salmon that included a small portion on ginger rice and plain steamed broccoli. The whole thing was a little over 500 calories.
That was my first time having miso salmon and it was so delicious. I will definitely be ordering it next time I see it on a menu. My meal tasted great and left me full and satisfied. I left the restaurant feeling good instead of overstuffed.
I will admit that I did eat two French fries, Hey, I’m not perfect. And I figure that two little fries is better than a whole plateful. I love fries.
Just because you are dining out doesn’t mean that you need to eat unhealthy. You can eat and still be healthy and happy.
Here’s a few tips on how to order healthy when eating at a restaurant:
- Ask for your dressing on the side and just dip for fork in it before taking a bite of your salad.
- Ask for whole wheat bread for sandwiches or burgers.
- Order water or unsweetened tea to drink.
- Ordered dishes that are bakes, steamed, or broiled rather than dishes that are fried – things like grilled chicken or fish.
- Get vegetables on the side instead of French fries or bread.
- Avoid all you can eat buffets.
- Order off the appetizer menu for your main dish – the portions are often smaller.
- Ask your half of your food to go – restaurants portions are often huge.
- Avoid cream sauces and gravies.
- If you’re really craving something not-so-healthy, split it with a spouse or friend.
- Choose fruit for dessert.
After my dad’s birthday lunch, we came home and later in the evening, I headed to the gym for Zumba. I followed Zumba with a one mile run on the indoor track.
- Women on Weights class – 45 minutes
- Practiced BodyPump – 30 minutes
Breakfast this morning was egg whites and French toast made with Ezekiel bread.
After getting Jaden on the bus, I worked for awhile and then took the Women on Weights class at the gym. This week, we worked on backs and legs. When I got home, I practiced BodyPump for about 30 minutes.
Have a great afternoon!
- Do you usually splurge at restaurants?
- What tips do you have for eating healthy at a restaurant?