Have you eaten at a restaurant thinking that you’re making the healthy choice? You decide to order a salad while everyone else is ordering burgers and fries.
As you watch everyone else at the table consume beef patties dripping with grease and shovel heavily salted fries into their hungry mouths, you can’t help but feel a slight tinge of satisfaction and self-control as you coolly use your fork to eat a few pieces of lettuce at a time.
However, as you decide to investigate the nutritional facts of your leafy greens in comparison to a burger binge, you feel your stomach drop as you come upon the caloric intake, milligrams of sodium, and grams of fat.
The salad you ordered is a mere 10 calories less than the burgers! To make it even worse the grams of fat in the salad outnumber the fast food-like meal by one third!
Restaurants want things to taste amazing, but they also want these taste bud ticklers to come at the most economic price possible. The result is that their food is high in fat content and doused with artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, and Yellow 5. However, try these tips when you do eat out.
The truth is that the healthiest of meals are going to come out of your own kitchen, but you’ve got to know what to buy. The best way to grocery shop is by reading labels and loading up on antioxidant rich fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean meats.
Easy ways to decipher labels include:
- Don’t buy it if the ingredient didn’t exist 100 years ago.
- A good rule of thumb is to buy foods with ingredients you can pronounce.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners like aspartame and high fructose corn syrup, and avoid artificial colors such as Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 1, and so on.
- Watch out for trans fat and saturated fat, and steer clear of hydrogenated oils.
Some of our favorite (and fast) recipes to get you through the day are at the links below:
No need to worry! The great recipes don’t stop here! All of these sites have countless ways to eat healthy whether it’s at work, recipes for home, shopping tips, or guides to eating out, eating healthy should never be a hassle.
To find more tips and recipes for a healthy lifestyle visit some of Timpanogos Regional Hospital’s favorites: