Have you been to Panera lately? There are some extra numbers on the menu boards now: Calorie counts. (I don’t get out much, so if this is old news to you, sorry).
It’s eye opening, but I think it’s a good thing. You know exactly what you’re getting and you can plan accordingly. Maybe you’ll think twice about adding bacon to that breakfast sandwich, huh?
We’re not in New York, so we’re not likely to see calorie counts on every menu from here on out. Not yet, anyway.
But you have a taste for the calorie counts, now don’t you? Or, you’re a little more curious about what you’re ordering now, right?
So what’s a health-conscious person to do? Well, you could plan ahead and search online for the calorie (and fat) counts for the restaurant you know you’re going to.
But, if it’s a last-minute dinner, then what?
Here’s an easy guide to healthy restaurant eating, courtesy of http://www.livestrong.com. The best thing you can do is know the lingo. Fried and breaded foods aren’t going to be good for you, even if they make it sound so good for you by saying how many vegetables are in it. Don’t be fooled. Know what’s typically healthy and look for those words.
But beware of the word “baked.” Baked potato is good. Baked pasta – not so much.
Another tip: Be THAT person. You know the one. The person who asks for the sauce on the side, the butter to be withheld, the person who asks for half of the meal to be put in a doggie bag before they even put the plate down in front of her.
It’s OK to ask for modifications on things – ask for steamed or grilled veggies (hold the butter) instead of French fries, perhaps. A lot of places accommodate diet requests.
Do you have any peculiar dining out requests you always make?