Are you an oyster fan, yay or nay? 🦪
Oysters (raw or steamed) can be an excellent #MacroFriendly option when dining out. Macros per 3 ounces: ~70 kcal, 2g fat, 4g carb, 8g protein. Depending on the size of the oysters, you may have 6 to 12 ounces in a dozen. They taste phenomenal with a squirt of lemon and a splash of hot sauce or cocktail sauce!
Most of the time when I dine out at restaurants, I will look to have something similar to the kind of meal I would build at home (protein and veggies with a healthy carb). So either a big salad with protein, or a protein entrée with steamed or grilled veggies. Instead of viewing every meal at a restaurant as a splurge event, I look at the splurge in a different manner. That is, I will typically go for a higher quality piece of meat than what I would buy and prep at home. I’ll go for steak or seafood when I dine out and look at the quality and extra expense as my splurge, rather than using it as an opportunity to splurge on foods that are fried or loaded with sauce.
Something else you can do is to practice having 1 to 3 bites of something more indulgent that another member of your party has ordered. Those 1-3 bites will be delicious, but usually more than that won’t be exciting.
That’s not to say that I won’t order something outside of my normal routine if I have the opportunity to try something extra special, or when it is truly worth it.
The main take away here, and something I teach my clients, is to change the mindset around the experience of dining out. It can be a splurge in other ways besides eating something that might be good in the moment, but you know won’t make you feel your best after. It’s also about enjoying the company and the relaxation of not having to cook and serve your own food!
1/ Do you like oysters?
2/ What other questions do you have about healthy choices and dining out?
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