Dining out is fun, as you don’t have to slave yourself in the kitchen. Not to mention the good food that normally goes with it. But, if you’re trying to shed off extra pounds how do you go around eating those calorie laden restaurant food? Oh no, you may say, but not every food is prepared the same way. Yes, you are right about that, but you may be as shock as I was to find out some shocking truths about restaurant food. These I learned from a chef friend of ours, who has since left the restaurant industry to pursue another interest. We still get to savor his chef-made quality food through the numerous parties that they throw year round.
Ready to read some shockers? Go ahead:
- Those steamed vegetables can still be high in fat, as some restos saute their veggies in duck fat, and require butter even on spinach. Remember, fat taste good, and it sells food. They were steamed alright, but they are tossed on butter and or olive oil.
- Toasted bread or buns that are supposed to be “plain” can be laden with butter, as grease is needed to keep them from sticking to sandwich press or grills. Worse is, the bun may even have mayonnaise in the outside before they are toasted, This makes the bread looks good giving them that golden color.
- When you order your omelets, opting for egg whites may not be that healthy after all. Because most restos prepare egg white omelets using generous amount of imitation butter.
- Be wary on your salad as it can be loaded with oil. That harmless looking dressing has high fat content. Most dressings are based on 3:1 ratio (oil and vinegar for example. Pasta salad all the more can be deceiving, because they have to preserve that freshly prepared look, and the only way to keep it that way is to coat them with oil.
- Chicken, meat and fish gets a good coating of fat before they are cooked. Worse is, those steaks that are waiting to be served, are normally preserved by immersing them in butter to prevent overcooking.
There are more stuff I heard, but these are the ones that I kept in my memory bank. So the next time you head out to your fave resto, be more specific of what you want. It can be done, only if you communicate your preferences and make your requests.