Healthy restaurant eating made easy

Healthy restaurant eating made easy

by Pamela Ng 18 Feb 2020

It is not a secret that food prepared outside can, for most part, be laden with salt, oil and other additives designed to make food taste better without actually being better. After all, it is taste that keeps a customer coming back. However, you can rework your approach and make eating out a slightly less harrowing experience. Here are the ways you can do that with different categories of food:




Soups may be delicious and filling, but it pays to also know how it is made. Before ordering a serving, ask how it is made. Some soups may be made from scratch, but some may also use beef or vegetable stocks or the likes of it. If the latter is true, then take note that it may contain high amounts of salt that you may not necessarily want to put in your body. Also, simple soups like a clear broth tend to be more straightforward to prepare and not require as much “pre-making”.




Some meats are expensive because of the quality or the way it was harvested. As such, they already embody great flavours and don’t need too much salt or seasoning to make it taste good. Less popular cuts typically need more ingredients to improve the taste, making it more prone to substandard nutritional practices. While it may be cost-effective to go for the less expensive cuts, it may also come as a disservice to your health.




It may be important to eat your greens but if they’re fried or smothered in gravy, you’re better off not ordering them. Ask how they are prepared, like whether they are stir-fried or steamed. That would help you gauge how much salt and oil were used. If it’s a dish you truly enjoy, at least request for the dressing to be served separately.


Rubbed cuts and seafood


Some meats and seafood are rubbed with a combination of ingredients that make them delicious. At the same time, many of such rubs contain high levels of salt. While they do contribute to flavour, they also result in an increase in sodium intake. If you’re suffering from a condition like high blood pressure, you may want to moderate your consumption of such fares.




No matter how much you eat, there always seems to be room for dessert. You may want to be wary of cakes and other desserts that have a crust, as kitchens often use a large amount of butter or worse, vegetable oil to make them rich and tasty. Sorbet is a great choice, but if you really want some chocolate-y, a chocolate mousse is a better choice compared to cake because it has minimal sugar and no added butter.


Many are right to be wary of eating in restaurants, but sometimes it’s necessary when family and friends are concerned. Birthdays, weddings and other festive occasions are best enjoyed with company, and rightfully so. With the correct tips, you’ll be able to compromise in a way that’s beneficial to both yourself and your company!