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It’s Hard to Eat in Restaurants Healthy!

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English: Homemade vegetarian minestrone, chunk...

English: Homemade vegetarian minestrone, chunky/country style, containing the following ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, white onion, carrot, courgette, peas, extra fine green beans, savoy cabbage, conchiglie pasta, coarse ground black pepper, table salt, garlic purée, vegetable stock, water, tinned chopped tomatoes, fresh basil, Worcestershire sauce, parmigiana cheese. Garnished with grated parmigiana and a sprig of basil. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We were at a restaurant last night that had portion size way out of control. And entre size was at least 3 times normal and maybe 4 times. Almost every item had meat in it. Under healthy options was salad with bacon. Come on bacon and healthy, isn’t that an oxymoron? There are some restaurants that try to keep portion sizes down. We typically order one entre and share it. Support restaurants that give you a choice of real healthy foods. Salads should be fresh with a variety of vegetables. Dressing should be on the side and choose balsamic alone or with a little EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil). If you choose fish get it broiled or grilled not fried! Watch the soft drinks they are a killer (literally) in sugars. Even diet drinks can still lead to diabetes. It turns out that obesity has grown even though most people drink diet drinks. Drink a glass of wine or water.

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Healthy Choice Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Being vegan is not always easy in restaurants unless you live in New York or LA. I usually order vegetable side plates. Some restaurants try to accommodate vegetarians, vegans or people just trying to eat healthier but other restaurants haven’t got a clue! I was in a restaurant that is an Italian chain restaurant recently that offered healthy choice section. All the salads had cheese or bacon on them. The soups were all meat based. The entrees were meat or fish. I ended up asking for pasta and plain sauce off the menu. How hard is it to offer a healthy choice? They would make more money on it and people could eat well and healthy.