Eating out for a healthy heart, Veg Indian Foods
EATING OUT SENSIBLY, 5 points to follow
Eating a low fat diet and sticking to it is easy at home. The biggest challenge is to overcome the odds and stick to low fat eating, while dining at restaurants. To begin with, this may look like a mammoth task, but once you have learnt the knack of picking healthy and hearty foods, you will enjoy your food without taking off to bad fat budgets, which hike up your cholesterol levels and add to your weight. Try to observe the following suggestions while partying out to have a balanced and healthy diet.
1. Snack sensibly before partying / eating out. Always have a small fibre-rich snack before leaving for a party. Never go to a restaurant or party with an empty stomach as most party dinners start off late. If, by then, your hunger pangs are in an advanced stage, you may tend to ‘pig out’ and end up eating food in excess of what you otherwise eat.
2. Plan in advance. A little planning goes a long way. If you have a party to attend, plan well in advance. Do not feel shy or hesitate to request the host or chef to tailor make a dish for you. Remember to enjoy small portions of food at the party, but do compensate for this in the next meal and also by exercising.
3. Avoid second helpings. At the restaurant, serve yourself leisurely and only once, as this will help you to know what you are selecting with respect to calories, fibre, fat etc. Your brain takes 10 minutes to register the feeling of fullness, hence take your time to finish the meal. Serve yourself in a medium sized plate so the food does not look less. This will also ensure that you will not pile up loads of food on the plate.
4. Salad bars are helpful. Begin your meal with a bowl of salad. Beware of salad dressings though! Dressings made with mayonnaise, cream, peanuts etc. are highly calorie dense and an absolute ‘no-no’. Instead, choose a lemon or low fat curd dressings.
5. Choose sensibly.
a. Choose foods made with low-fat cooking methods like stir-frying, steaming etc. Refer to Cooking Healthy at Home. How to cook for a Healthy Heart
b. Avoid the use of butter, margarine, cheese and ghee, as these tend to increase blood cholesterol levels. Apart from visible fat, saturated fats are also hidden in some foods. Coconut is a very common example of this. Try and choose gravy made without the use of coconut, while dining out.
c. What is food without a desert, especially when you are eating out! Satisfy your sweet tooth, select a fruit and low fat milk based dessert and enjoy a small portion. Shake a dessert with a fellow diner instead of having a whole portion yourself.
The gist is to enjoy what you eat. Health doesn't need sacrifice, but you do need to remember that good nutrition is just a matter of selecting the "right" foods – whether at home or at a restaurant.
Throwing a party, follow these Healthy Heart Recipes given below
We have given below a lovely combination of soup, sabzi, dal, rice, accompaniment, roti, raita and dessert. go ahead and plan your Indian healthy HEART dinner and thrill your guests.