Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Dinner Invitations

For somebody who is trying to eat healthier, being invited out to dinner can sometimes be nerve wrecking. Many years ago, there actually were times when I would turn down dinner invitations just because I didn’t want to “go off my plan” or “blow it”. That’s no way to live, at least not for me!
Last night's dinner: chicken quesadilla with side salad.

My mother-in-law invited my husband and I over for dinner last night. We were excited to spend some time with her and my husband’s step-father. It was a great way to spend our Monday night! I brought a salad and my mother-in-law made chicken quesadillas with a strawberry crepe dessert. The food was amazing! She put a lot of effort in to making sure the meal was healthy, too. She bought whole wheat tortilla shells, made a ton of veggies and an awesome low calorie dessert! She may not know it, but I’d say she is a natural at making healthy eating taste good! She wins the best mother-in-law in the world award, for sure.

Strawberry yogurt stuffed crepes with 5 calorie whipped topping!

For those of you who don’t have the best mother-in-law in the world, don’t fret! I will share my number one tip for eating away from home. It is simple: plan ahead.

Plan ahead:
Ask what is being served ahead of time, offer to bring something healthy to add to the meal. If it is in a restaurant setting, look up the nutrition facts before you leave the house and know what you plan to order ahead of time.

Another tip would be to drink water. You may not have control over what is being served; it may even be a surprise! At the very least, be sure to drink your water. Turning down soda, wine or beer may be the one healthy decision in your hands. While you’re at it, ditch the guilt and worry, too. One meal is not going to ruin everything! Live a little; be happy and enjoy your time with the people you are with. If you can’t help but feel guilty for indulging in more than you should have, you can easily fix that by putting more effort in to exercise or just doing better at your next meal!

What are some tips you have learned to "stay on track" when eating away from home?

1 comment:

  1. I can totally relate to this. I get a lot of anxiety about being invited to dinner. Our Sunday school class is always having potlucks/going out to eat and I've found myself making excuses not to go just so I won't derail! Definitely something I need to be working on because we miss out on precious time with family/friends being anxious!