What to Eat: Menu Survival Guide
Most of my eating out comes with traveling for our kids sporting activities but there are times I love to get out of my kitchen maybe even out of my yoga pants and relish the opportunity to eat food prepared by someone else.
Planning ahead is huge. Most menus’ can be found online. By deciding in advance what you will order can prevent temptation and frustration. Key words I look for are salad, meat, entrees, and vegetable sides.
Sometime you need to be a little creative. Changing up the menu is part of the fun! It’s pretty easy to swap toast for a bowl of fruit or steamed veggies/side salad instead of French fries. You might be charged a little extra but it’s worth the investment.
Breakfast is by far my favorite meal. Eggs are a great choice. They are packed with protein and can be found just about anywhere. I usually go for the omelet and fill it with as many veggies as I can. If I am lucky, top with avocado chunks. If I am craving something sweet I get a side of fruit.
Salads are another good option. Lots of fresh veggies topped with protein and a quality fat (dressing, avocado). Chicken can get a little bit boring so I opt for salmon or shrimp. CRAVE has an amazing grilled shrimp with mixed berry salad.
When in doubt, Fajitas are my go to. I usually mix it up and get steak and shrimp. I order a side salad and steamed broccoli. I skip the peppers and onions, top the side salad with the protein and broccoli and viola!
My favorite go to meal at a fast food burger joint is a double burger with bacon and side salad. I ditch the bun, cut up the burger, tomato and any other vegetable that comes with the sandwich and throw on my salad. Dress it with mustard and if I am lucky enough to have brought a mini-guacamole cup with me, my meal is complete.
Other family favorites on the road include Chipotle and Panera. At Chipotle I get a big salad bowl, double meat, mild salsa and a scoop of guacamole. So good and really filling! At Panera you can’t go wrong with any of the salads but the Green Goddess Cobb Salad makes my palate very happy.
In the end you don’t have to be perfect to be healthy. Having a good time out and creating new experiences and memories go way beyond the food. Understand the limitations of eating out, be okay with them and choose to relax a little.
E8MOM for 32 minutes
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Posted by: Nicole