Heading to a steakhouse does not have to ruin your diet. As you probably already know, a lean cut of steak or a chicken breast is a pretty healthy option. However, the side dishes that you order can actually tack on a lot of fat grams and calories. If you follow these tips, however, you can choose side dishes that won't blow your healthy eating plan.
Ask for Accompaniments on the Side
Many side dishes come with sauces and other accompaniments. In some cases, these accompaniments are actually more fattening and calorie-laden that the side dishes themselves. For example, a baked potato itself is not necessarily bad (as long as you aren't watching your carbs), but the butter and sour cream can really pack on the fat grams and calories. The same is true with salad dressings, ranch that is used for dipping and more. If you ask for them on the side, you can be more mindful of what you are eating.
Skip the Fried Stuff
Many popular steakhouse side dishes are fried, such as French fries or fried onion rings. Instead, consider ordering side dishes that are steamed or sauteed, such as steamed broccoli or sauteed mixed vegetables.
Order Things Without Cheese and Bacon
Nowadays, lots of restaurants are serving up their side dishes (as well as appetizers and other menu items) with cheese and bacon. For example, loaded mashed or baked potatoes are often served with both. Skip the side dishes that include these fattening and calorie-filled ingredients, or consider ordering your sides without these additions to quickly turn your sides into a healthier choice.
Consider a Salad Instead
You don't always have to order something off of the side dish menu. Instead, the restaurant might allow you to order a salad. Another option is to ask to receive your pre-dinner salad with your meal so that you can eat them together. A tossed salad can be a healthy choice, as long as you leave off toppings like cheese and bacon and if you choose a low-fat and low-calorie dressing, or if you use moderation when adding dressing to your salad.
You don't have to blow your diet when you're at a steakhouse. Instead, along with ordering a healthy filet or other lean cut of meat, you can choose a healthier side dish option so that you don't totally blow it. Then, you can enjoy the meals that you love while still sticking with your healthy eating plan. Contact a local restaurant, like Mr Mikes Steakhouse & Bar or a similar location, for more options and help.