It’s fantastic eating out, for so many reasons. A break from cooking, new taste sensations, shared joy with loved ones: what’s not to like? Except it can be tricky to strike the right balance between indulging and looking after your health.
In a café, pub or restaurant, you have less control over what goes into the dishes you eat. Because of simple economics, many eating establishments will use the cheapest stuff, which likely means industrially manufactured, heavily processed ingredients. Plates of food will also often be loaded with empty carbs and sugar, as they are cheap and fill people up for as long as they are in the venue (though not much after). Protein and veggies are more expensive, so often skimped on. Pizzas are a classic example: a lot of bread and not a lot of topping!
You can’t control everything eating out and you may knowingly want to treat yourself a little. And why not. With our simple steps that shift the balance towards the healthy, without compromising on taste (for more general guidelines, click here), you can actually have it all!