Pick a restaurant, any restaurant! I double dare you that I can find something figure friendly and delicious to eat.
In today’s post, I’m going to list a few types of commonly eaten cuisines, some of the not so figure friendly choices that are popular, then give you a few healthier options to order instead.
On a cheat day, the less healthier items sure are delicioso, but eating like this everyday will surely pack on the pounds.
Ready to chow down with me?
Let’s do Mexican!
NOT SO FIGURE FRIENDLY FOOD ITEMS: When dining Mexican, most people might order a Quesadilla with lots of cheese, fried chamichangas, overly stuffed burritos with guac and chips, or even a side of refried beans. Oh, and let’s not forget a bottle of Mexican DOS EQUIS XX.
FIGURE FRIENDLY ITEMS: When dining mexican, I love ordering healthier items like a refreshing seafood ceviche dressed in lime with low fat crackers (see image), chicken tortilla soup minus the fried tortilla strips and sour cream, a side of black beans and rice, fresh tomato salsa to mix with a little guac since avocados are calorie dense, and some grilled chicken, fish or shrimp fajitas with corn tortillas (less fat than flour tortillas).
Let’s do Chinese!
NOT SO FIGURE FRIENDLY FOOD ITEMS: Before I learned about “calories”, my favorite item was …. yup…. General Tso’s Chicken! OMG… did you know that one serving of that stuff is over 1000 calories! Other calorie loaded items include fried egg rolls, fried rice, and sweet & sour chicken.
FIGURE FRIENDLY ITEMS: Believe it or not, I get Chinese take out all the time. I always order steamed chicken and vegetables with garlic sauce on the side. Other figure friendly items include steamed dumplings, wonton soup (see image), vegetable soup, steamed rice and even some chicken on a stick.
Let’s do Italian!
NOT SO FIGURE FRIENDLY FOOD ITEMS: Some of the most popular ordered items are fried calamari, linguine with creamy alfredo, fried chicken parmesan with carb-loaded pasta, garlic bread and even a decadent ricotta-filled canolli.
FIGURE FRIENDLY ITEMS. I love Italian! You’ll always find something healthy on my plate when I’m dining Italian. Instead of fried, I ask for grilled calamari sauteed in some olive oil and garlic with a side of broccoli rabe or steamed mussels in light white wine sauce (see image). If I’m craving pasta, then I’ll order a light pasta primavera (tomatoes and veggies). Chicken or veal marsala with mushrooms are always great light choices, and for dessert, I love me some cappuccino with skim milk and zero calorie sweetener.
Let’s do late night Diners!
NOT SO FIGURE FRIENDLY FOOD ITEMS: After a long fun night at a concert or club, you and your friends decide to head to a diner to keep the party going. Diners are known to serve huge portions and lots of grease if you order the wrong item. Popular late night choices range from breakfast foods like scrambled eggs, greasy sausage, homefries and buttered toast, to fast and easy fried foods like chicken wings, cheese burgers and loaded fries, and let’s not forget that thick milkshake…….
FIGURE FRIENDLY ITEMS: Diners offer hundreds of items on their giant 10 page menu. When I find myself sitting at a diner at 2 am, I usually order a veggie omelette minus the homefries and meat. I also ask my waiter to use very little or no oil (dry). Other healthy options include grilled chicken salads, cottage cheese and fruits, oatmeal and raisins, or even a turkey burger minus half the bun. Soups are also great if they’re broth-based like chicken soup or hearty vegetable.
Regardless of where you dine, I promise there are more than a few healthy and delicious items to choose from.
If you’re still stumped on what to order at your regular eating spots, then email me and I’ll try to help you out!
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