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11 Ways to Lighten Up Any Restaurant Meal

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  • Another option you can use is ask for sauces or toppings that you like or are unfamiliar with on the side. Then you can add just a little taste of it instead of getting you food with a heavy coating of it.
  • Great advice! I try to make eating out a special occasion so I can indulge in dessert.
  • Great advice, printed article so I could re-read it.
  • Great advice! I usually take 1/2 home!
  • Thank you for this article!!!
  • I try to pick the food that is lightest in calories.
  • I would want some of the things mentioned to leave out, like meat, cream, butter. But if I eat only part of the meal , take some home for another day or share with my spouse, it is "eating in moderation" and that works, too.
  • I have been a server in a few different restaurants, and substitutions are long as you're nice about it. I know that most of the places I worked, if there are too many substitutions, you might end up with longer wait times on your food (so expect that), the server may get "yelled" at by the kitchen staff, and it is a lot of extra work / room for error for multiple teams - especially during busy times. Some substitutions even require a manager to do it. From my experience, servers are more than happy to answer as many questions as you have (or check on answers if they need to). I personally just ask for a box at the beginning of the meal & put half of my food in it before I take a bite.I don't mean to sound negative about substitutions, they just have some consequences to be mindful of.
    These are great tips. Another good idea is to go to restaurants that show the amount of calories, like Panera Bread. It makes your life easier!
    Sharing the meal with a friend is one of the easiest ways to indulge in a less-healthy meal without going overboard. We also like to order an extra plate of veggies or fruit to get more nutrients in.
    I was pleased with this article until I got to the substitutions. Why would you want to replace the meat in a pasta dish with only veggies? Veggies are great, but now you have a carb only meal with very little protein! Instead of meatballs, ask for a grilled chicken breast and whole wheat pasta. Replace meat with beans? Unless you are a vegetarian why do you need to do this? We need protein in our diet!! It keeps you fuller longer and helps retain those muscles that everyone needs!

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