Ordering Out

By Deena Hamza

So it snowed over the weekend and it seemed like just yesterday I packed away my winter clothes and boots only to take them out again after a brief break from the Canadian chills. The winter always reminds me of eating out or ordering take-away because the weather makes for a tumultuous commute to and from the local grocery store – that is if you can make it out of your driveway without getting stuck in the snow.

Ordering out can be difficult when you’re following a healthy eating plan or at least trying to. To help my G.O.Ps out I have a list of tips and terms to help you make the right choice off the menu.

  • Take the breadbasket away. This will help limit the number of excess carbs you consume on top of your entree.
  • After 5 pm, substitute vegetables and salad greens in place of fries, white rice, potatoes, and bread.
  • Have your protein baked, grilled, steamed, or poached.
  • Ask for a doggie bag right away if the portion size is too large
  • Ask for dressings and sauces to be served on the side.

Things to Avoid:

  • Au gratin = with cheeseBasted = moistened with fat drippings
  • Béarnaise = cream sauce of egg yolks, vinegar, and butter
  • Béchamel = cream sauce of milk, butter, and flour
  • Croute = encased in pastry and fried in butter
  • Croquette = mixture of meat or grains bound with heavy sauce and deep fried

Pay careful attention to what you order on a regular basis, my G.O.Ps. An added 10 calories per day (i.e. a bite of an apple) will lead to a 1 lb. gain by the end of the year.


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