Valentines Day is a day for spoiling yourself and spoiling your loved one, but you do not have to spoil your waistline! In this article we hope to help you add a splash of healthy romance to your valentine’s weekend with some information about eating out (below), staying in, and seasonal, heart healthy recipes like beetroot soup, salmon chilli and lemon linguine and apple and rhubarb crumble.
If you are indulging in a restaurant cooked treat, don’t worry, you don’t have to deny yourself to eat healthily. The best tips when eating out are to take your time. Enjoy the food and company and stop eating when you’re full – you don’t have to clear your plate! Food in restaurants can be deceptively high in fat and salt, so here are a few ideas to help you make wise choices.
- Choose lean meat or fish.
- Avoid fatty meats e.g. pate, or sausages.
- Choose dishes that have been grilled, poached, steamed, stir-fried or boiled.
- Avoid fried, roasted or battered foods.
- Choose vegetable and tomato based sauces rather than cheesy or creamy ones.
- Don’t be tempted to order extra side dishes such as chips. Choose lots of salad or vegetables to fill up on. But go easy on creamy salad dressings; you can always ask for the dressing on the side.
- If you have three courses, try to have a salad or soup to start. It’s a good idea to try to incorporate fruit into your dessert, and you could share and have half each.
- Stick to a light lunch, which should be enough to keep you going until your evening meal.
- Finally, if you’re not sure how a food is cooked, don’t be afraid to ask!
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