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Eating out at a restaurant doesn’t have to ruin your ‘healthy eating’ – here’s how – 9Honey | Coach

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Are you trying to eat healthier this year?

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, a diet overhaul is usually top of the list. But while things can start promising in January, often by February or March, it’s easy to fall off the wagon.

It’s easy enough to eat healthy at home, but as soon as you go out to eat, it feels impossible to continue on the ‘healthy choices’ train.

However, there are some things you can do to still enjoy a nice meal out, while not abandoning your goals.

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Can you eat healthy while also eating out? (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

According to a study by OpenTable, while 58 per cent of Aussies say that eating healthier is a priority for 2024, nearly half anticipate they will revert to their regular eating habits within three months.

To make things a little easier, the restaurant reservation platform has compiled a list of dining options in Australia that offer healthy bites.

They found that 93 per cent of Australians are willing to spend more when dining out if it means they can treat themselves to a healthier meal. 

But how do you look at a menu and decide what is actually a healthy choice?

To help Aussies make more informed choices while dining out, dietitian Susie Burrell has come up with some simple tips to keep in mind while reading a menu.

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Get veggies or salad as your side to boost the nutrional benefits of your meal. (Getty)
  1. Grilled is good – Ditch the deep-fryer and embrace the grill, especially for your mains. Grilled proteins like seafood or chicken can pack incredible flavour, while also being nutritious.
  2. Sides can be sensational – Adding the humble side of vegetables or salad to your main is the key to maintaining a balanced diet. Be sure to order dressings on the side so you can choose how much to add to your meal.
  3. Portions, portions, portions – Size can make all the difference, so when you can, opt for lighter, smaller portions, like ordering more entrees rather than another main.
  4. Delicious and nutritious – Sashimi can be a great healthy option for dining out, as it is rich in protein and Omega-3 while also being versatile.
  5. Don’t be afraid to indulge with intention – We all love to indulge once in a while and there’s no reason you can’t. But when treating yourself, try swapping out the burger bun for a lettuce wrap, or even go bunless so you can indulge smartly.

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Sashimi is a great cuisine option to help you stick to your goals. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Of course, you don’t have to eat ‘healthy’ every time you go out. If a giant plate of lasagne covered in cheese from your favourite Italian place will make you happy, then go for it.

The best way to make resolutions stick is to give yourself grace and leeway.

If you do want to have a fun night out with mates, while still keeping your diet on track, OpenTable has made a list of the top restaurants around Australia that have a great number of healthy choices on the menu.

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