Tips for eating out
How to be menu wise
Whether it’s for a special celebration or a quick pit-stop after work, these tips will help you feel comfortable in any restaurant. Enjoy!
1. Use your zero Points® foods to plan ahead
If you want to order your favourite pasta or steak dish, stick to foods with lower SmartPoints® values earlier in the day.
2. Before you go, look up the menu online
Find the zero Points foods (such as fish or baked chicken breast) and build a tasty and nutritious meal from there. Order first so you won’t be swayed by what others order.
3. Use your weekly SmartPoints and your rollover Points
They give you more flexibility. Try to track the best you can – estimating is A-OK! (Tracking before you go helps you stick to your allowance.)
4. Understand the lingo
Smothered, rich, au gratin, glazed and creamy usually indicate higher SmartPoints values. Flame-grilled, poached, smoked, baked and grilled tend to be lower in SmartPoints values.
5. Don’t be shy about special requests
Ask to swap chips for a salad with your main course or vegetables with balsamic vinegar instead of in butter. (Unless, of course, you want them – in which case, track and enjoy!)
6. Resign from the clean plate club
There’s no prize for finishing your food. Stop when you’re satisfied, not when you’re stuffed (ask for a container for leftovers). Put your napkin on your plate to signal you’re finished.
7. Be salad savvy
Creamy dressings, croutons, bacon, avocado, nuts and seeds are flavoursome but high in SmartPoints; a little goes a long way. Ask for them on the side so you can add as little or as much as you want.
8. Enjoy yourself
That’s most important! If you want it, and it’s worth it to you, get it and love every bite! And if you go over, it’s OK. It’s what you do next that matters most.
Top tip! Pay attention to sensations: interesting textures and intense flavours can increase your enjoyment.