Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina
Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina
969 Sam Rayburn Tollway 120
AllenTX 75013
 (214) 383-2150

Choosing Healthy Options While Dining Out

Choosing Healthy Options While Dining Out

As the holidays roll around, you might be envisioning your waistline expanding just thinking about all of the delicious meals that are to come. Beyond indulging in meals at home, it’s likely that you and your friends or family will eat out at a restaurant or two to celebrate the season. However, eating out doesn't necessarily mean that you can’t indulge in healthy food, but choosing the right options when dining out can be tricky. Here are some tips to keep you and your diet on track during those holiday meals.

Plan Holiday Meals in Restaurants in Advance

If you know that you’re planning to eat out for dinner or lunch during the holidays, plan to eat smaller meals with fewer calories on days when these outings will occur. This gives you a little bit of wiggle room so you can enjoy your restaurant experience without any guilt. It can be challenging to eat healthy food when dining out. However, with careful planning, choosing a restaurant with low-calorie options can pay off, especially if you have special dietary needs. Choose a restaurant with a wide array of menu items, and don’t hesitate to explore online menus, and check out their nutritional information in advance. This allows you to select healthy food options far in advance, so you’re not tempted to break your diet.

Order from Restaurants Wisely

By looking at the menu online, you might be able to resist all of the tempting smells around you and go ahead and get the taco salad or light sandwich that you had planned on beforehand. It’s essential to balance out your daily meals, so sticking with items that have fresh greens, protein, and fiber is a perfect way to stave off extra pounds. If you have a salad, ask for the dressing on the side, and don’t hesitate to request substitutions on your dish to help curb caloric intake. Go easy on the freebies like chips and salsa (but don’t deny yourself a few nibbles!).

You can also think about ordering an appetizer instead of a traditional entree and adding a salad to make it a healthy meal. Eat your meal slowly, as it can take about 20 minutes for you to realize that you are already full.

Ask About Lighter Portions

Most restaurants will work with you whether it’s the holidays or not. They understand how important portion control is to many customers, so ask your waitstaff member about getting a lunch size portion or if you may order off the children’s menu. You can also think about ordering an appetizer instead of a traditional entrée and adding a salad to make it a healthy meal. Eat your meal slowly, as it can take about 20 minutes for you to realize that you are already full.

Enjoy the Holidays at Papa Lopez Cantina

If you want to feast guilt-free, we have an extensive menu here at Papa Lopez Cantina with a great selection of healthy dishes that you can choose from all year long. We make all of our foods daily right here in-house, so you’ll only get the freshest food in town.

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