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Go Plant-Power Challenge Day 14

Sharon Palmer

Dine Out Well

Let’s face it; it’s fun to eat out—delicious food, great service, and no pesky dishes to clean up. While it’s usually easier to meet your health goals when you do your own cooking at home, there’s no need to avoid dining out altogether. Plenty of restaurants offer wholesome, plant-powered choices to help you stay on track. Just focus on plant-powered proteins, whole grains, and lots of fruits and vegetables, and you’ll be good to go. It’s also important to keep an eye on preparation style. You can ruin the most healthful foods by deep-frying them, drenching them in olive oil, or coating them with salt.  That’s why many restaurant meals pack in more than a day’s worth of calories, fat, saturated fat and sodium on one plate.   Check out my tips for dining out well.

Tips for Healthy Dining

  • Start with a vegetable soup or salad. Studies show that a vegetable-based soup or a green salad (minus the heavy dressing) can help take the edge of your hunger and reduce your calorie intake at your meal.
  • Share your meal. Let’s face it; many restaurant meals are enormous, offering you double, triple or even quadruple a normal serving size. Share your entrée with your fellow diner, or take half home for lunch the next day.
  • Pile on the veggies. The sides at many restaurant meals can spell disaster—think French fries and buttery mashed potatoes. Pass on the side dish and substitute it for a double order of veggies.
  • Don’t be afraid to make special requests. Ask your waitress if there are legumes, whole grains, and vegetable choices available; your special request might be the best meal in the restaurant!

Reading:  Follow along with The Plant-Powered Diet, pages 229 – 242.

Enjoy one of my favorite recipes Arugula Salad Pizza, from Plant-Powered for Life.

Arugula Salad Pizza

You Can Win a Prize!

We will be watching your comments on the blog and social media (Facebook,   Twitter,   Instagram) during the challenge, so be sure to let us know how you are doing. We are going to select one winner at the end of the challenge on January 21, 2018 based on participation and comments on the blog and social media.

  • Prize: An Organic Plant-Powered Farmers Market Bag filled with Plant-Powered Goodies! (Value $75)

Read the full rules   here.

Previous Go Plant-Power Challenge posts:

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12
Day 13

Main image: produce from a local farmers market, Sharon Palmer, RDN

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