When your trying to loose weight as I am, or just to lead a healthy lifestyle, eating out can be a minefield of hidden fats and sugars, pastry, cheese and all things generally considered ‘bad’! I love eating out, it is one of my main joys in life to try new restaurants and cafes, and I am a firm believer in the philosophy of ‘a little of what you fancy’. Unfortunately for me, it tends to be more a lot of what I fancy, and the rest! So I have made it my mission to find healthy, yet still delicious options on the menu.
Step one, is to choose your venue, and make sure they use fresh produce, local where possible and all cooked from scratch. None of those mass-fried, microwaved chain pub meals please!
So, what to choose? Salad is always a good option, but who wants a salad whilst everyone else is chomping into a pie and chips, right? Wrong! (repeat after me…)
Caesar salad is a great option:
A good Caesar is packed full of protein from the chicken/ bacon or anchovies to fill you up, plus you’ve got some tasty shavings of Parmesan and crunchy croutons to add interest and texture. My top tip… Ask for the dressing on the side. So many places drown a good salad in fatty dressing. This way you can control how much you pour over your salad.
This delicious salad was from Mud Dock Cafe in Bristol. Set right on the harbour, with a fabulous outdoor seating area overlooking the water, you can enjoy freshly cooked, tasty meals at reasonable prices (this salad was under a tenner), whilst watching the boats and soaking up the rays. Bliss.