Who doesn’t love dining out, especially on Valentine’s Day? It’s usually a lot more romantic to pick what you want to eat rather than picking through the refrigerator trying to figure out which combination of leftovers to heat up. Even better, there’s no mess to clean up, leaving you with more time to devote to that special someone.
However, if you’re trying to eat healthy, dining out does present a challenge. Research is your best defense. Check online and find out as much about the restaurant as you can. Many restaurants have their menus online and some even have nutrition information. You can find out what’s healthy and what’s not before you ever leave your couch.
Don’t arrive hungry. When your stomach’s growling, anything looks good. If you know you’re going to be eating out that night, plan lighter meals during the day.
Take your time with your meal. You’re paying for it, so you might as well take the time to enjoy it. There’s also a biological reason. Our stomachs work on a time delay. It can take a full 20 minutes before your stomach tells you it is full. Fast eaters are often overeaters.
Don’t be afraid to ask for a healthy option. Check with your server. They know the menu better than you do. Could you have a salad instead of French fries on the side? Or fruit instead of ice cream? There are likely plenty of options available, but you won’t know unless you ask.
Sure, Valentine’s Day can be a little decadent, but it doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Make sure to do your homework before you choose a restaurant, and take your time eating. After all, what could be more romantic than good health?