Healthy eating should be a goal on every person’s list, but it can be hard to find the right balance between a busy life and healthy food options. Part of what makes it so challenging to stick to a healthy diet is that many social activities today revolve around food. We meet our friends for dinner, or we take our spouse out to dinner for a special occasion, and then there are the occasions when we just do not have the time and energy to cook at home, so we eat out instead. Many people that are trying to stay on a healthy diet will consider their diet “ruined” once they have made the decision to eat out, but that does not have to always be the case. With a very few exceptions, there is almost always a way to eat healthy foods when you go out to dine at a restaurant.
Some restaurants will certainly have more available healthy options than others, so if you are looking for more variety and freedom when it comes to choosing your dinner, you will be happier if you stick to places that generally service healthier fare. Thai Restaurants are a great example of a place that you can typically go for a good dinner in a nicer atmosphere but are still on the healthier side. When you compare the average nutritional content of the dishes on a menu at Aloy Thai Cuisine versus a local pizza joint, you will see that not only is the overall caloric intake much lower on average, but there is a much higher selection of items that are on the healthy side. For example, at a pizza place, the only healthy options available are typically salad, and in those cases the salad is only healthy if you go without the dressing and it is also low in protein. Typically there are also very few gluten free options available.
At a Thai restaurant, there are a large number of entrees available that are NOT salads that are low calorie. If you are trying to steer clear of gluten, then you can make a selection from one of the many dishes that are made with rice or rice noodles which are gluten free. Typically Thai food is not made with soy sauce or other sauces that include gluten, so you have a higher likelihood of being able to order off their regular menu without having to make a lot of substitutions. Most traditional Thai food is also not made with dairy ingredients, so Thai can be a good option for people that are lactose intolerant. Most curries and Thai soups are made with coconut milk as a thickener instead of regular milk, which in addition to being dairy free is also high in protein.
Eating healthy does not have to be the end of your social life, you just need to make a few small adjustments such as choosing restaurants that will be more equipped to offer you healthy choices when you eat out.