Ruby Tuesdays, Petite Chicken Fresco (no lemon butter sauce), with sauteed spaghetti squash and zucchini.
While on my first round of 21 Day Fix, I originally had no intentions of eating out. It did not take long to realize that for my family, this wasn’t a great option. (Could it be done? Of course, but I wanted to be able to prove that I could eat clean and healthy anywhere I went).
Here are some tips for you to take into mind the next time you plan on eating out:
1) Study. When you know where you are going to eat, I would take the time to look at their menu beforehand (if possible – most chain restaurants have a copy of their menus). Make a plan of what you will order, and perhaps have a backup in mind just in case. When you know in advance what you’re going to have, you’ll eliminate some of the stress and be in control of what you are deciding to eat (instead of letting your stomach tell you).
Is bread usually served before the meal? Are you going to eat the bread (I would suggest not)? HOW much bread will you eat? Decide all of this before you get to the table. If you’re going to Red Lobster and drool over their cheddar biscuits and can’t imagine NOT having one, then perhaps you can decide to split a biscuit and put away the rest.
2) Menu. There are several “safe” options, but keep in mind the preparation, and be ready to ask questions and make request. For example, today I ordered the Chicken Fresco. I noticed on the menu that it came with a lemon butter sauce, so I asked that they would omit it and went with the balsamic glaze instead.
- Meats (chicken, seafood)- Order grilled, but ask it to be prepared without any sauces or oils.
- Veggies – Watch out for the sauteed, as the veggies are usually tossed in oil. Ask if they can be steamed instead.
- Salads – Salads are tricky. Usually they’re loaded with a lot of STUFF that kind of negates the purpose of the salad (I’m still not sure why they sell salads with fried chicken on top but that’s another story). If you’re going to order a salad, be mindful of the non-veggie toppings, and instead ask for them to be omitted. Order a vinaigrette for your dressing, and ask for both the dressing and cheese (if you wish) to go on the side. This way you can determine the portion that you use (or don’t use).
3) Enjoy yourself. Be proud of your controlled decisions throughout your meal and realize how much it will help you down the road. Focus on your company, and enjoy the moments together.