Dine Out Without Deprivation
How to make healthy choices when traditional favorites are calling your name.
Photography by Weston Carls
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When the organic farm-to-table Austin restaurant isn’t the group choice for dinner and you find yourself walking into a Tex-Mex, Chinese, or Italian restaurant—there is no need to skip the scale tomorrow morning. Here’s how to enjoy your night out with friends and order healthy menu items without being that high-maintenance person.
Chinese food doesn’t require fried chicken swimming in sugar sauce—although a survey shows that the nation’s No. 1 ordered Chinese food menu item is General Tso’s Chicken. General Tso’s is made with dark meat, battered and fried, coated in sugar, and includes plenty of salt. MyFitnessPal clocks one cup of General Tso’s Chinese take-out at 293 calories and 17 grams of fat, and a full order as exceeding 1,300 calories. If you are not willing to order the steamed chicken and vegetables, there are plenty of tasty options you can have without breaking the calorie bank.
Nix & Swap
Choose brown rice over fried rice, and veggie spring rolls and steamed vegetable dumplings over fried egg rolls. You will leave satisfied and not miss out on anything but the calories.
On the Menu
Go for the wonton or hot and sour soup, chicken and broccoli, moo goo gai pan, or Buddha’s delight—a vegetarian dish to which you can add a lean protein.