4 Healthy Things On The Menu That Aren’t Fucking Salad

Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with a Big Ass Salad. I think salad’s get a bad rep because people don’t eat them out of 5 gallon buckets like god intended. Anyways, that’s a different discussion.

Eating healthy has a reputation of being a shitty and flavorless des(s)ert (get it?!?!dessert?!desert?! It’s a pun! get it?!) of iceberg lettuce and carrot shreds. It’s a shame. This unwarranted preconception is a problem.

When your only option is salads, of course eating healthy is going to suck.

Eating nothing save salads sounds awful, even if the salads are behemoths full of greens, avocado, chicken, and whatever the hell else they put in there to make them filling and delicious. Either way, eating like a rabbit is bullshit. As awesome as “Watership Down” was, I have no intention of reenacting it.

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Having a social life and losing weight is a tough balancing act. Especially if you live in a big ‘Murican city as I do, going out to eat is the go-to hang out activity.

People are ordering bacon-wrapped (organic obvi)sauteed porkbelly in a panzu glaze(I don’t actually know what this is, but it sounds fancy). Ordering a salad in this setting feels shitty. People notice. Even if they don’t notice, it feels like they do.

Sometimes people even comment on your choice. And beyond that, it’s just shitty not feeling like part of the group. It feels isolating. Salad just has this stigma of, “You only eat it when you are trying to lose weight and/or you hate freedom”. Nobody likes to be put on blast like that.

So how does one go out and enjoy a nice meal with some friends without eating off plan? How can we balance our social priorities with our fat loss goals?

Below I’ve listed some examples of healthy restaurant foods that aren’t salads. Of course a healthy meal cooked at home is easier. We can control what goes in, how it’s cooked, etc. That doesn’t mean, however, that we have an excuse to go completely HAM at brunch (pun intended). Don’t let perfect get in the way of pretty damn good. This list isn’t extensive by any means. These are just some of my personal favs.

Thai curries

thai curry

Meat(or tofu) and veggies and tons of flavor. Awesome. Thai curries are probably my favorite thing in the world besides chocolate so I’m listing this first. The only real heavy hitter here in terms of calories is the coconut milk for the curry sauce. Most of the time this is negligible, especially if you don’t drink the sauce like the leftover milk from a bowl of Cocoa Puffs. 

Chicken/seafood tacos

tacos

Meat, salsa, and onions in a tortilla. Winning. Carnitas, as amazing as it is, probably ought to consumed mindfully as it’s deep fried.

Bi bim bop

bibimbop

Fermented veggies, protein of your choice, and rice in a scalding hot stone bowl. What more could you ask for? Besides a ton of complementary appetizers? Oh yeah, that comes with the meal.

Shawarma

shaw-sandwich

Meat, veggies, and tons of seasoning. Killer. Sensing a theme yet?

If you look closely, or not so closely, at these meals you’ll notice some commonality. They are all predominantly protein and veggies. The fats are not a centerpiece of the meal.

A certain amount of fat is healthy and is important for satiety purposes. However, fats have twice as many calories per gram as protein or carbs. This means the balance of satiety and a caloric deficit is harder to attain with a fat heavy diet. Some foods that fit into the fats category include cheese, oil, bacon/pork belly, butter, and even avocados(gasp!). Many restaurant meals have an abundance of fats. This is because fat rich foods taste amazing. The chefs want their food to taste orgasmic. We can navigate this by being somewhat mindful at restaurants.

Another point I’d like to mention is the amount of grains in some of these. I intentionally say “grains” and not carbs here. Vegetables are carbs too. Grains get demonized an awful lot. This is unfounded. Grains are pretty calorically light and decently filling. In proper portions they can be a cheap way to make meals more filling and tasty. In other words, don’t swap out rice in your burrito for extra cheese.

When I was obsessed with “clean eating” I dreaded going out with friends. Rather than go out and eat a “mostly clean” meal, I chose to isolate myself in the pursuit of dietary perfection. In retrospect, this was unnecessary, even for my lofty goals at the time.

It is more than possible to eat healthily enough at a restaurant. It just takes a bit of nutrition knowledge and, more importantly, perspective. That perspective is summed up in this phrase:

Don’t let perfect get in the way of good enough.

 

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