Balancing a social and healthy lifestyle can sometimes be tricky. There is no reason why you can’t enjoy a healthy restaurant meal with good company every now and then, which is why we are bringing you healthy food orders for every cuisine to give you some inspiration and help you start making better restaurant choices.
Unfortunately lot of processed food can fill up the menus at American restaurants. If you look hard enough you will be able to find some lighter options including salads (ask for dressing on the side), a hearty soup, or some grilled animal protein with roasted vegetables. Try to stay away from unnecessary side dishes and appetizers. American restaurants are also renowned for their excessively large portions, so asking for only half portions and taking the rest for takeaway is usually a good option to avoid overeating in one sitting.
Wholegrain koshari, fool, lentil soup and shakshouka are all excellent meal options when at an authentic Egyptian restaurant. If you are craving something sweet, you can treat yourself to a little halawa, which is an excellent source of healthy fats, calcium, and magnesium. Egyptian cuisine is mostly based around plant based wholefoods, and going back to basics with traditional Egyptian foods is a great way of re-establishing healthy eating habits.
While Italian can sometimes mean carb overload, they have plenty of healthier options to choose from. First off, stay away from the bread and butter that usually makes an appearance at every Italian restaurant even before you order. Look for a wholewheat pasta with a vegetable based sauce, to get a good balance of carbs and micronutrients. Or, a seafood option in a tomato based sauce, along with a salad with balsamic vinegar dressing will keep you feeling satisfied. It’s as simple as avoiding an excess amount of cheese or processed carbs that Italian can often tempt us with.
We got you sorted at any Japanese restaurant with our sushi guide. Just remember, the more authentic when it comes to Japanese, the better!
Lebanese and Middle Eastern kitchens have some of the healthiest foods out there; mostly plant based and high in good, unsaturated fats. Our tip when it comes to Lebanese restaurants is to focus on heart warming appetizers. Lentil soup, hummus, arugula salad with pomegranates, and baba ganoush are all foods that will please your taste buds and stomach. There are plenty of colorful wholefoods to choose from, and as a healthy foodie you will be spoiled with choice options at any Lebanese restaurant.