When you are busy traveling, regardless of the move of travel you choose, you will need to find something to eat that might not be the healthiest.
This doesn’t mean you need to have a hotel room with a kitchenette or find a health food store nearby; you can make good choices at just about any restaurant imaginable. These tips will allow you to eat healthy at any restaurant you go to.
Research it Beforehand
You need to know where you’re going and what they offer before you head out on your travels. Start this process when you are still planning your trip so that you can create your rest stops based on the healthiest restaurants.
Even if you are already on your trip, you can usually pull up restaurant menus online, which at the very least show their menu options and what each item is made with. Many of them will also list the nutritional content, so you can choose the best option, whether you are low-carb, cutting your calories, or watching your sodium intake.
Go Straight to the ‘Eat Healthy’ Section of the Menu
Another thing a lot of restaurants have now is an ‘eat healthy’ or ‘lite’ section of the meu. Here they conveniently list all of their healthier options for you. Some of them even tell you the number of carbs, calories, fat, or Weight Watchers points.
For example, Denny’s has a light fit menu with various salads, main courses, and soups. Bennigans has a Health Club entre selection while Applebees lists their Weight Watchers options.
Ask For What You Want
Don’t be afraid to let a restaurant know what you do or don’t want when they prepare your meal. Most of them are willing to leave off the mayonnaise, skip the cheese, serve fruit or veggies instead of French fries, or give you your salad dressing on the side.
If an item is made fried, ask to have it grilled instead. If an omelet typically comes with cheese and veggies, ask for no cheese or very light cheese, but with extra veggies in it.
Follow These Easy Healthy Eating Tips
There are also some general guidelines to follow when you are a restaurant and trying to figure out the healthiest option. Here are some simple tips to keep in mind:
- Always order something that is grilled, whether it is chicken or fish
- Go for the salmon if it is available
- Skip the cheese, sauce, and dressing or ask for it on the side
- Substitute hash browns or french fries for fruits or vegetables on the side
- When in doubt, order a salad
With these simple tips, you should be able to eat healthy at any restaurant you come across.