Eating healthy at home isn’t the hardest part for most people. Eating healthy when dining out? That’s a whole other ballgame. But it is actually possible to eat healthy and stay on track when eating out…we promise.
We asked some of our favorite health and wellness experts from around the South what their go to order is when dining out at restaurants. The next time you’re eating out and you find yourself wondering what to order to stay on track, let these experts inspire your choices…
TINA GLASS, CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER AND OWNER OF RESULTS BY TINA
When dining out, I usually choose a lean protein, baked or grilled (fish, chicken, etc), steamed veggies or a salad. My favorite local meal is at Cheers in the Heights in Little Rock. I love their chopped salmon salad!
MEGAN GARZA, FUNCTIONAL DIAGNOSTIC NUTRITION PRACTITIONER AND FOUNDER OF FORGIVINGBELLY.COM
My go to order is a fish entree with veggies. There’s a cute little local restaurant here in Houston called Emmaline, and I love their seared sea scallops with fennel, crispy citrus forbidden rice and their amazing roasted wedge salad loaded with veggies. Gotta get some greens in!
JESSICA PROCTER WELLNESS INFLUENCER AND FOUNDER OF HEALTHANDWELLJESS.COM
I can always grab a healthy meal from Chipotle! My go to salad bowl is lettuce/greens, half scoop of brown rice for complex carbs, half scoop of black beans for complex carbs and fiber, chicken for protein, two scoops of fajita veggies (because veggies for fiber and nutrients!), medium salsa and guac on the side for healthy fats and fiber. Yum!
DR. MAMIE BURRUSS, NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR AND FOUNDER OF DRMAMIE.COM
I’ve been navigating my gluten sensitivity for about 10 years now, so I’m used to asking restaurants to modify existing dishes or create something new. I’ve found that most places can easily accommodate my go to meal: pan grilled or baked meat or fish; sautéed, steamed or baked mixed veggies; and a side salad with an olive oil based dressing. I’ll also typically request that the starchy side – potatoes, rice, polenta, etc – be replaced with a vegetable as well.
KECIA MCCRACKEN, YOGA INSTRUCTOR AND OWNER OF SPARKFIT LITTLE ROCK
When I’m at a restaurant, my food picking guidelines are: colorful, balanced, creative and satisfying. If I can’t find the exact thing I’m wanting, I’ll scan the menu for other ingredients and request additions or substitutions to get the balance I’m after. I look for healthy fats like nuts and avocados or dressings and sauces made from healthy oils. I also like to let the energy of the season guide my choice. For example, if it’s fall or winter, I want roasted veggies and warming soups or casserole type dishes. If it’s spring or summer, I go lighter with more raw ingredients.
GLENN MCCRACKEN, CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER AND OWNER OF SPARKFIT LITTLE ROCK
I choose my food based on my energy exchange for the day. What will fuel me best for that day’s necessary energy output? What time of day is it? What have I eaten so far and what needs to be balanced out? Have I had enough greens, protein, etc based on whether I’ll be eating after a workout or will I need more energy to work out later, or is it a rest day?