When my patience is tested, I pause to thank God for blessings that leave me overwhelmed. It’s so easy to get caught up in staying on top of everything, on being the best mom, wife, employee, manager, coach, blogger… it’s all-consuming.
Eating out on the 21 Day Fix is not hard. In fact, I love that Autumn gives you permission to go out and order spaghetti, or a piece of pizza… it’s not a perfect world, and you will not always have zip-loc baggies or Tupperware full of prepared, pre-portioned food. So, you make due.
When I go out, I look for a few things on the menu – here are 5 easy-to-remember options for dining out!
1. Look for low-cal options.For example, Applebees has some meals under 550 calories, and those are really easy to further customize, because what you’re starting with isn’t so bad. I mean, it would be hard/annoying to ask them to hold the cheese on an extra cheesy, three cheese quesadilla…
Now, the portion size wasn’t NEARLY what is pictured below…
In hindsight: I also should have probably asked them to hold the cheese, or put it on the side (so I could see how much they added, or I could add it myself based on what I know of 1 Blue Container) and I would also ask them to go easy on the oil/sauce. My dish was a LITTLE greasy, but not too bad.
I calculated 2 red (chicken was big), 1 yellow, 2 green and 1 orange for this meal.
2. Salads are your friend.Luckily, there are som
are a lmos t alw ays too big. Eat your portions and take the rest home.
- Ask for dressing on the side – I usually have the house balsamic vinaigrette, or something similar, when I’m out. You could also ask for a few lemon wedges, though, and squeeze those over your salad for extra flavor – delicious and FREE on the Fix!
- Ask for cheese on the side.
- If you can, add a lean protein! Lots of restaurants give you the option to add chicken, or shrimp, or salmon to any salad – I always add a protein! It fills you up much better.
- NO ICEBERG LETTUCE. Look for salads with spinach, romaine, kale, arugula, etc. Dark greens are your friend!
3. OLE! Don’t be afraid of Mexican!They have the hot sauce, after all. Paul and I love to eat out at our local Mexican restaurant, and they have great options for the Fix. MY FAVE: you can get 2 street tacos (corn tortillas, protein, pico/salsa, hot sauce, lime wedges for extra flavor!), fish tacos (grilled fish, not breaded, and hold the heavy white dressing, add lemon or lime), fajitas (corn tortillas), quesadilla (I love the veggie quesadilla at my local Mex restaurant, and our waiter knows us – so I ask him to go light on the cheese), carne asada, etc. So many options!
- I ask for a whole wheat tortilla at my spot, too, which is cool. Some restaurants may have a gluten-free option (brown rice tortillas?), which would be a great sub…
justask! Nowadays, you’re almost always guaranteed they have a healthier option for people with food allergies or intolerances, so take advantage of that. You have become someone with an intolerance… youare now intolerant of crap, processed food.
- Get black beans rather than refried, and only eat half the portion of rice/beans that they give you.
- Just say no to sour cream, and the chips (I know…
- Don’t be afraid of the guacamole! Add a scoop to your meal for some healthy fat in place of cheese.