What to Eat When Going Out

One of the biggest questions you might ask yourself when you're on a diet or restricting consumption of certain foods, is what you can eat when you don't make the food yourself at home and decide to eat out. Here we take a look at some of the options that will keep you eating healthy food. We'll also provide you with some advice about eating in moderation.
What to Eat When Going Out

Last update: 25 December, 2018

One of the biggest challenges for athletes who are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle is deciding what to eat when going out. You can’t eat at home all the time, but the food at restaurants and bars often contains carbohydrates and saturated fats. Is it even possible to eat healthy when going out?

What to eat when going out to stay healthy – mission impossible?

The first things that might go through your mind are the obstacles that you sometimes create for yourself. For example, you might feel that by going to a burger restaurant and ordering bottled water and a salad is plain wrong!

A salad is a good choice when you can't decide what to eat when going out.

On the other hand, let’s not deny the truth of the matter. We all like a pizza or a hamburger once in a while, and it probably doesn’t take much to convince you to eat one! Before continuing, let’s be clear that there’s nothing wrong with eating a pizza or a hamburger once in a while. At the end of the day, what’s important is your daily lifestyle. If that’s healthy, then you’ll be a healthy person.

So, if you want to go out with your friends once a month and eat a little more than you had planned, don’t worry! Nothing bad will come of it. Even so, if you’re still intent on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and eating well even when you go out, follow the advice in this article.

Choose the restaurant well

You probably know the range of restaurants in your area. More importantly, you know which ones have healthy offerings and which ones don’t. Your friends might have already decided on the place, but perhaps you can sneak in a suggestion to go to the one where you know you can eat healthily.

Remember, eating a healthy diet doesn’t mean you have to eat just salads all the time. For example, a restaurant that serves grilled meat is perfect for protein and your friends will probably love it too.

Eat something before going out

Many people don’t eat during the day, thinking that when night comes, they’ll be able to eat even more. This is a big mistake. If you don’t eat during the day, by the time you go out, you’ll be ravenous!

An apple is a good choice when you can't decide what to eat when going out.

Eat normally during the day and have a piece of fruit before going out to the restaurant. Not only will this satiate your appetite, but it’ll give you an extra touch of sugar that will calm your anxiety. This may help you avoid overeating.

The simpler foods tend to be healthier

These days, it’s easier than it used to be to eat healthily. There are many restaurants where you’ll find simple foods. We’re talking about grilled meats and vegetables or oven-cooked fish, for example. Don’t think that salads are the only healthy meal out there.

Instead of choosing meats that are cooked in rich sauces, choose one that doesn’t come with a sauce. If the side dish is french fries, replace it with salad or white rice. These options are available at the majority of restaurants.


This can be a problem if you forget to consider beverages as part of your healthy eating regime. Water is the best choice, but you can also opt for natural juice. If you really want a soft drink, choose a carbonated sugar-free beverage instead.

Forget about bottled juices, sugary soft drinks, or wine. All of these have high calorie contents.

Fruit juices are a good option when you can't decide what to eat when going out.


Who can resist a good restaurant dessert? Not us, that’s for sure! And, you might have trouble with this too? But we have good news for you; if you’ve eaten healthy food for dinner, you can have a dessert. Or, even better, choose half of a dessert. That way you’ll feel less guilty but just as satisfied.

People sitting with you at the table rarely want to share a salad. But if you mention a dessert, that’s another story! There probably won’t be any shortage of volunteers.

Now you see that eating healthily when you go out is possible if you follow the advice in this article. Roll up your sleeves and don’t let the charms of unhealthy restaurant foods seduce you. You can do it!

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