There is nothing greater than dining out with family and friends. It’s one of life’s simple pleasures but a lot of us get confused when it comes to ordering and staying healthy. Here are a few tips that might help you next time you head out. Remember it is completely fine to indulge sometimes.

1. Do your homework
With technology at your fingertips, it’s easier than ever to check out restaurants in your area in advance. If you can, choose a spot where you know healthy meals are available so you’re not stuck for options.
Browse the menu before and plan what you’re going to eat. That way, you won’t be overwhelmed.

2. No one likes a hangry friend
Turning up to a café or restaurant when you’re absolutely starving can be a recipe for disaster. The same applies to grocery shopping. That’s why I always recommend you ‘snack before you shop’. You’re more likely to over-order or overeat and less likely to go for a healthier option when your tummy is rumbling.
Also, make sure you drink plenty of water at least half an hour before a meal as dehydration often rears its head as hunger.

3. Don’t bite your tongue
If you need to make a change or want to ask for a healthier option – don’t be afraid to speak up! Most venues are pretty accommodating, particularly with the growing number of Aussies wanting a healthier alternative.
And yes, this might mean asking a couple of polite questions to the waiting staff or pushing back against the peer pressure of your friends.

4. Hold the sauce 
More often than not, the sauces and dressings used at cafés and restaurants add a lot of unnecessary fat and calories to your meal. Ask for your sauce on the side or go for a simple drizzle of olive oil and balsamic. Voila!

Coach Nat