Making Healthier Choices
We’ve all been there, one night of the week, lets call it date night, and we pull out the menu to see what delicious food we’re going to be eating. Only problem being that we’re not sure what to look for when it comes to eating healthy. This brings us back to the basics, we spoke about them earlier and we’ll continue to speak about them over the course of your program and the remainder of the Nutrition Education series.
The options can seem endless and it all looks so good but we want to eat something remotely healthy because we didn’t hammer out a big session after work to throw it all away at dinner time right? So the first thing we need to do is:
Don’t focus on calories: By all means take a look at the number next to the menu item (if they have one) but knowing that this could be off by as much as 25% makes it virtually pointless.
The chef puts a lot of time into creating a menu that he believes tastes great and the public will love but he may not have taken the time to think about people like you who wants both tasty and healthy-ish. This is where (whilst it might not be appreciated) you have the option to make changes to the menu to suit your requirements. For instance if you decide on the chicken schnitzel with chips, salad and dressing but you’re not sure that it’s a healthy option, you can:
a) Think about how the chicken is cooked eg deep fried, battered, steamed or pan fried. b) Usually the menu offers a choice between chips or veggies. Veggies would be the far healthier choice of the two as far as nutritional content is concerned. c) Salads are healthy right? Yea, they’re not bad but it’s not the salad that you should be concerned about, it’s what they put on it. The dressing is essentially covering your nice beautiful green salad in oil. Not ideal!
As an example for the chicken sch