Written by Taylor Booher, Nutrition Instructor Camp Shane WI
We are all enticed by the numerous advertisements for fast food and restaurants every day. These items are promoted to look good, taste good, and ultimately bring you in so that you will come time and time again. These companies do not tell you to watch out for portion sizes or appropriate calorie counts for the day—they just want to make you hungry! With all of these temptations of unhealthy food around, paired with large portions of unhealthy food, it is no surprise that there are so many kids that are making unhealthy choices. It is important to watch out for portion sizes to promote healthy weight loss for kids. So, how can you stay healthy while dining out? Here are some tips:
How to deal with the massive portions at restaurants
-Share a meal! This can cut your calories and your bill in half by sharing a meal. Usually, there is enough for two people in that meal anyways and it can be fun sharing.
-By yourself? Ask for a box at the beginning and box half of the meal away. Having it out of sight and out of mind will help you not be tempted to eat the other half—plus you get another meal for later out of it!
-Choose lighter sides! Choosing sides such as a side salad with low fat dressing or non-starchy vegetables (green beans, broccoli, etc.) can really lower the calorie amount on your plate.
-Skip the bread! That complementary bread your restaurant serves may be delicious—but it is usually loaded with butter, refined grains, and unneeded calories! Having the waiter not bring it to the table eliminates the temptation to eat “just one more bite”.
How do I know what is good for me?
-Stay away from words such as “fried” and “loaded” and look for words such as “grilled” or “steamed”.
-Ask for no butter on vegetables or meat when they cook it.
-Look online! Chain restaurants put all of their nutritional information online so it is available for you to know what you are putting into your body before hand.
These tips will help you and your child make healthier choices while at restaurants and ultimately get to that goal of healthy weight loss for kids and a healthy body!
The Camp Shane Team
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