EATING OUT

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Goa the best place in the world of hospitality and like people of Goa its cuisine is also very famous all over the world; Goa has a varied platter to offer to its visitors! Eating out in Goa should not be a problem because Goa has many restaurants and eateries that are situated at all strategic locations. Be it beaches, cities, towns or even villages; you won’t be left wondering as to where to eat in Goa. Goa has a variety of restaurants that offer multi cuisine platter also apart from that you will come across many fast food joints like Pizza Corner, Domino’s etc. Since Goa has been ruled by different empires, the cuisine is a mix of the best of all of them! But in Goa, it is best to try the local food that is available in those shacks and restaurants. The variety is so wide that you couldn’t possibly decide what to eat in Goa! Select from the delectable sea food or the lip smacking non vegetarian cuisines that Goa has to offer. Vegetarians need not fret as Goa has plenty to offer to you too. Rice is the staple food crop of Goa and along with that you can have a preparation of lentils, meat, sea food, etc.  An exotic blend of spices is used to prepare the meat, which tastes heavenly after being prepared in the traditional Goan style.

If you are a person who loves satisfying the demands of your taste buds, then Goan cuisine will offer you immense satisfaction. Name any kind of food and you have it-be it Chinese, Thai, Italian, Mughalai, South Indian, Mexican, Portuguese, Korean, Vietnamese and of course our own Goan…restaurants in Goa, will have them ready for you. This way, you won’t be missing out on your traditional food, no matter what nationality you belong to. But once in this Indian state of Goa, it would be a good idea to relish the traditional cuisine of Goa, Eating out in Goa, can be a special experience. Goa is lined up with numerous restaurants offering Goan food or any other food that you want and these Goan restaurants are usually situated by the beach, giving you a unique recipe of the setting sun blended with delicious sea-food and thirst-quenching Beer. If you would like to experience exotic Goan delicacies, then you should be in Goa between August and May because it is during this time that the Goan restaurants churn up their own recipe. South Goa has many five star resorts to its credit if you are looking for Goan delicacies at reasonable rates; North Goa is also the place to be.

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In this article our main motto is not only promoting the restaurants in Goa but to  promote healthy eating habits but no need to worry It’s actually easier than you think to make good choices between a fast-food restaurant, the mall, or even the school cafeteria. Most cafeterias and fast-food places offer healthy choices that are also tasty, like grilled chicken or salads. Be mindful of portion sizes and high fat add-ons, like dressings, sauces or cheese.

[su_highlight background=”#1c68eb” color=”#fafcfc”]Here we have some pointers for you to remember that can help you make wise choices when eating out:[/su_highlight]

  • [su_highlight background=”#eb291c” color=”#fafcfc”]Go for balance.[/su_highlight] Choose meals that contain a balance of lean proteins (like fish, chicken, or beans if you’re a vegetarian), fruits and vegetables (fries and potato chips don’t qualify as veggies!), and whole-grain breads. That’s why a turkey sandwich on whole wheat with lettuce and tomato is a better choice than a cheeseburger on a white bun.
  • [su_highlight background=”#eb291c” color=”#fafcfc”]Drink water or low-fat milk.[/su_highlight] Regular sodas, juices, and energy drinks usually contain “empty” calories that you don’t need — not to mention other stuff, like caffeine.

Here are some more suggestions to keep in mind when you’re eating away from home:

[su_highlight background=”#1c4deb” color=”#fafcfc”]At a Restaurant[/su_highlight]

Most restaurant portions are way larger than the average serving of food at home. Ask for half portions, share an entrée with a friend, or take half of your dish home.

Here are some other restaurant survival tips:

  • Ask for sauces and salad dressings on the side and use them sparingly.
  • Use nonfat or low fat milk instead of whole milk or cream.
  • Order baked, broiled, or grilled (not fried) lean meats including chicken, seafood, or steak.
  • Salads and vegetables make healthier side dishes than french fries. Use a small amount of sour cream instead of butter if you order a baked potato.
  • Choose fresh fruit instead of sugary, high-fat desserts.

[su_highlight background=”#1c4deb” color=”#fafcfc”]At the Mall or Fast-Food Place[/su_highlight]

It’s tempting to pig out while shopping, but with a little planning, it’s easy to eat healthy foods at the mall. Here are some choices:

  • a single slice of veggie pizza
  • grilled, not fried, sandwiches (for example, a grilled chicken breast sandwich)
  • deli sandwiches on whole-grain bread
  • a small hamburger
  • a baked potato
  • a side salad
  • frozen yogurt

Choose the smaller sizes, especially when it comes to drinks and snacks if you have a craving for something unhealthy, try sharing the food you crave with a friend.

[su_highlight background=”#1c4deb” color=”#fafcfc”]Few tips for eating out when you’re trying to lose weight[/su_highlight]

One of the biggest challenges fitness conscious people face is eating at a restaurant. If you’re on a diet with a fixed daily menu, it’s impossible for those of you on more flexible weight loss plans like Weight Watchers, dining out is easier but not without its risks.

We are giving some tips to you on how to eat at a restaurant. You know, things like “order the grilled fish with no sauce” or a “get a salad with dressing on the side.” We all know how to follow those strategies. Instead, how about trying a new one like this………..

[su_highlight background=”#1c4deb” color=”#fafcfc”]Choose the restaurant in advance and make reservations.[/su_highlight]

No restaurants with a buffet or a mascot like Chuck E. Cheese. (Yuck!) Instead, pick a restaurant with a varied menu, so you can find something healthy to eat. Your best bets are seafood restaurants that grill (not fry) their fish, Japanese places for low-cal/high protein sashimi and miso soup, or one with an extensive salad bar. Also, when you make a reservation, your table is ready when you arrive (hopefully) so you don’t spend time drinking and snacking in the bar.

[su_highlight background=”#1c4deb” color=”#fafcfc”]Plan out your food budget before you go.[/su_highlight]

Calculate how many Weight Watchers POINTS or calories you can use during the meal. Then stick with it!

[su_highlight background=”#1c4deb” color=”#fafcfc”]Don’t leave the house famished.[/su_highlight]

Have a light snack, like a piece of high fiber fruit or something with protein in it (nuts or a glass of skim milk) an hour before your reservation. Make sure you’ve had a few glasses of water or a cup of tea (bring a to go cup in the car) before you leave, too.

[su_highlight background=”#1c4deb” color=”#fafcfc”]Get your exercise in earlier that day.[/su_highlight]

If you can manage it, exercise then immediately go out to eat.
(Shower first and change your clothes, please!) That way your metabolism will be revved up and you’ll be burning calories at a faster rate while you dine.

[su_highlight background=”#1c4deb” color=”#fafcfc”]Go to the restaurant’s website to plan what you’re going to order.[/su_highlight]

Or have them fax you a menu. Write down what you’re going to order and any questions you have for the wait person. (Can I get it with brown rice? Instead of the potato, can I get some steamed veggies?) When you arrive, tell the hostess that you don’t need a menu since you already know what you want to order. That way you won’t be tempted to sabotage your plan.

[su_highlight background=”#1c4deb” color=”#fafcfc”]Have soup and cut your intake of food.[/su_highlight]

Soup is an excellent food for anyone trying to lose weight or eat more healthfully by having a bowl of low-calorie soup prior to a meal; you can cut your total mealtime intake of amount of food and calories. According to Penn State researchers, diners consumed 20 percent fewer calories when they had both the soup and entree compared to when they did not have soup. Pick low-calorie, broth-based soups that are about 100 to 150 calories per serving.

Since soups have a lot of water and relatively few calories per portion, it has lower energy density than other foods. By increasing the water content of your foods and decreasing the fat content, you lower your food’s energy density. If a food has low energy density, you can eat more of it.  Also, broth-based, vegetarian or lean meat soups that are water rich and low calorie actually encourage weight loss

[su_highlight background=”#1c4deb” color=”#fafcfc”]Few suggested Manners & Discipline while eating out[/su_highlight]

Most people who eat out regularly and are fond of sampling different restaurants and different cuisines would love to include their children in their plans every now and then. But taking your children to restaurants doesn’t always seem feasible, especially with younger children acting up ever so often. Most parents would rather take them to a fast food joint for a quick treat, and get them home as soon as possible. It is always nice to expose your child to good eating habits at a younger age. In this manner your child will pick up table manners earlier as well, since you will be more particular about his behavior during dinner when you are dining out. Your child will also gain exposure to various cuisines at a younger age. Surprisingly, I have come across numerous older teenagers who are not very comfortable when it comes to eating with a fork and knife. This is because Indian cuisine rarely requires the use of a fork and knife, and if you order pizza at home, its easier just eating straight from the box. So when your teenager goes out with friends to a fancy restaurant and suddenly realizes she needs to eat with a fork and knife, you’d want her to be at ease, and not have to sneak a peek at her friends to make sure she is doing it right.

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Here are tips on how you can cope so you have a great time at a nice enough place without excluding the kids.

Take your children to nice restaurants, but distinguish nice from hush-hush romantic and business meeting kind of places. Louder restaurants should be okay to take your children to, so that they don’t seem to be causing a scene when they speak a little loud or act up for a few moments.

Always phone the restaurant in advance to book a table so your child will not be kept waiting and will not consequently get cranky. Also, ask the receptionist if they have a tall child’s seat for smaller children. If they do, request them for the seat. If they don’t have a child’s seat, it doesn’t really matter. You can always seat your child next to you.

Another tip to prevent your child from getting cranky is to give him a little something to eat before leaving the house, so he doesn’t get hungry when waiting for the order.

Often, parents in India tend to stop using prams as soon as their child starts to walk. If you are going to a restaurant with an older baby, do take him in a pram so that he remains seated comfortably through the meal, and you are not constantly passing him on from one parent or person to another. Keep the pram between both parents and constantly keep talking to him throughout the meal making sure he feels part of the action.

Make sure you reach the restaurant early, before the rush and when most tables are still unoccupied. Initial teething problems about where and how you should seat your child, and what to order should all be taken care off by the time the crowd starts pouring in.

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