CPMFITness Tips for Restaurant Eating…

Most people say the most difficult part of staying on your healthy eating plan is getting side tracked with happy hours, weekend dining events, and parties.

I actual think eating out can be more enjoyable and fun than preparing your meals at home if you use the following tools to your advantage.

Here are some really great go to items to order the next time you are going out for a night on the town.

Have no fear …You don’t have to completely kill your social life just because you are trying to make a positive change to your health!

#1 Outback:

Most steakhouses in general are great for these 30 days! With all orders, ask for vegetables as a side or a sweet potato dry. You can get a house salad no croutons no cheese add chicken or steak and oil and vinegar on the side.

Best Beef: These steaks (Outback Special, Victoria’s Filet, NY Strip, Ribeye, and Porterhouse) are a great choice and GF according to their menu so you don’t have to worry about weird sauces! The sirloin is the leanest cut. Also, Outback, burgers are 100% beef! So, order that burger if you want, just avoid the bread and fries and ask for double veggies.

Fish: Mahi Mahi with all veggies or the salmon.

#2 Applebee’s –

Best Salad: Grilled Shrimp ‘N Spinach Salad (ask for olive oil and vinegar as a dressing)

Best Beef: The Ribeye and NY Strip are the only two steaks that aren’t cooked in soybean oil.

Best Chicken: The Chipotle Lime Chicken is the only chicken dish that doesn’t contain dairy. Ask for a salad substitute for the rice and beans that comes with it.

Best Seafood: Grilled Jalapeno-Lime Shrimp or Garlic Herb Salmon all veggies.

#3 Cracker Barrel:

Breakfast is always a great option when eating out! Egg scrambled with veggies with fruit is always a good option.

Best Salad: Grilled Chicken N’ Fresh Vegetable Salad (just hold the corn relish and order olive oil and vinegar for a dressing)

Best Beef: 10oz Rib Eye Steak or the Grilled 8oz Sirloin Steak. The Hamburger Steak is also a great option.

Best Chicken: Grilled Chicken Tenderloins (make sure you specify you want them grilled) and want a side salad or veggies.

Best Seafood: Grilled Rainbow Trout or the Grilled Catfish with side salad (oil and vinegar) or veggies

#4 Red Lobster:

Best Salad: Cobb Salad or Bar Harbor Salad with your choice of meat and without croutons and oil and vinegar.

Best Beef: Center-Cut NY Strip Steak -ask for your steak to be broiled without marinades or sauces

Best Chicken: most their chicken meals have sauces. You may request to have a broiled chicken without a sauce or marinade

Best Seafood: North Pacific King Crab Legs, Chilled Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Snow Crab Legs, and Live Maine Lobster – ask for all these dishes to be steamed and no butter.

#5 Chili’s:

Best Salad: Dinner House Salad – ask for no croutons and olive oil and vinegar dressing

Best Beef: Cajun Ribeye, Guiltless Carne Asada Steak, Flame Grilled Ribeye, or the Classic Sirloin – ask for no savory steak butter as this contains gluten. If you want a burger, the Bacon Burger or the Old time Burger (ask for no bun or onion strings) extra lettuce tomato and mustard.

Best Seafood: Guiltless Grilled Salmon or the Salmon with Garlic & Herbs

#6 Any Mexican restaurant order the fajitas with extra lettuce guacamole and salsa.
This should keep you smiling and not feel like a hermit. You can even order a tequila soda water with limes.

If you have any other good suggestions for your fellow gym members post your answers in the comments below ….

The O-Board Says…

20min AMRAP
5 HS Pushups
10 Toes to Bar
15 Squats
Run 200m @ 5 minute marks

Posted by: Annie: