How Often Do You Go Out For Dinner?


With Aussies consuming 1/3 of their calories away from the home, chances are you are enjoying dinner out at least once each week. While there are healthier choices on most menus, what we often forget is that the very nature of restaurant eating means that we are likely to be consuming many more calories than we would if we prepared a similar meal at home. In fact, that a relatively simple restaurant meal could easily set you back more than 1500 calories over an hour or two. So, if you eat out regularly, becoming more aware of where extra calories that may slip in may be the key to prevent restaurant eating weight gain.

1) A slice sourdough olive oil to start

Total Calories: 400
Calories saved: 320
Who can resist fresh bread when it is serve but dip it lavishly in olive oil and vinegar and you have a meal worth of calories before you even start order from the menu. Slash calories by, enjoying the crust of the bread or avoiding dipping your bread in oil. 





2) Glass of wine

Total Calories: 100

Even if you just have 1 small glass of vino with your meal, you are still adding in 80-100 calories that need to be counted. Slash calories by sipping your wine slowly and limiting to just 1-2 glasses per meal. 


3) Salt and pepper squid 

Total Calories: 200
Calories saved: 100
Many types of seafood are cooked using plenty of oil, which significantly increases the calorie content. Slash calories by choosing a fresh salad or seafood starter. 

4) Piece of salmon with a side of beans dressed in butter

Total Calories: 600
Calories saved: 300
Just a 200g piece of Atlantic salmon will set you back more than 400calories and that is without any vegetable sides or fried potatoes which can give another 200-300 calories per serve. Slash calories by ordering white fish and ask for vegetables to be served without the butter. 


5) Crème Brulee 

Total Calories: 200
Calories saved: 100
Depending on the dessert choice, you will be adding at least 200calories, even for a small cream based dessert and up to 400-500 for rich cakes, tortes and puddings. Slash calories by always sharing dessert or looking for light options such as biscotti, an affogato or single scoop of gelato.

6) Cappuccino

Total Calories: 60
Calories saved: 60


A lavish meal if often followed by coffee, and if your preference is milk based coffee you can easily add in another 60-100 calories to your meal total. Slash calories by choosing herbal tea, long black or macchiato to finish your meal. 

Total: 1560 calories
Revised: 880 calories

Susie Burrell

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