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Healthy Eating Tip: Bed of Greens Instead of Carbs

Going out for a nice dinner doesn't mean you can't have a healthy meal. Many restaurants are amenable to diners' needs, and you can make sure your plate is full of foods you want and need to eat.

Fish, chicken or meat dishes are usually served on an enormous portion or rice, mashed potatoes, or pasta. To avoid a starchy, buttery side dish, simply ask that your protein be placed on a bed of greens instead. Think steamed kale, chard, spinach, or a raw bed of spinach or salad greens. I'm not saying I avoid those carbs altogether, but eating large portions of them makes me feel grossly full. Not only are the greens less filling, but they offer fiber and so many vitamins and minerals. Plus they add and interesting texture and fresh flavor to the main dish. So the next time you're at a restaurant, as for greens instead of carbs. At the end of the meal, your stomach and waistline will be happy that you did.


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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
I do this ALWAYS - A bed of spinach always goes into the bowl/plate before I put down my dinner meal: every SINGLE night I eat spinach - it tastes GREAT when warm food slightly wilts it!
Jinx Jinx 7 years
That plate looks delicious Yum! :feedme: I avoid almost all carbs at this point. I never felt better.
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
Good tip.
mrsrazon mrsrazon 8 years
Wow, so those of us with food allergies and things of that nature should just lock ourselves in our kitchens and never venture out? I have never had a problem getting food substitutions. I don't think the world should revolve around me and my food allergies but to say one should never ask for a substitution is ridiculous.
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
I personally have to do this when I venture out to eat because I must follow a strict gluten free diet because of my Celiac and Crohn's Disease.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
That looks like my dinner on a nightly basis... except I probably eat another 2 servings of the greens and the meat is grass-fed or it's salmon!!! Mmmm!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I like this tip for everyday home cooking. At restaurants though it can be different. A bed of greens could be smothered in butters and oils, whereas carbs can be light and healthy. I think you just have to read the description of each item and how it's prepared carefully on the menu when eating out.
HaterTot HaterTot 8 years
@Spectra - you pay your "good money" to enjoy the chef's vision and preparation. If you want something the way you like it, make it yourself. A restaurant chef is not your personal cook.
TeresaB81 TeresaB81 8 years
The problem that I have with this is having the willpower to order greens instead of a baked potato at the restaurant. But like mamasitamalit, this is def something I do at home. I love spinach!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Since when is it a crime to order your food how you like it at a restaurant? If you're paying good money for food, why not get something you'll eat and enjoy instead of paying for mashed potatoes that you're just going to throw out or regret eating?
rebelkate rebelkate 8 years
I do this at home. I make the starchy side dish and bread for the family but skip it myself and go for the meat/veggies. Agree that my tummy feels alot better without the big starchy side. Just bought a big bunch of kale yesterday at the store.....
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
totally agree when you're dining out that this is somewhat silly but at home I do this!
darc5204 darc5204 8 years
This is great to do at places where you can choose your sides, but I think major substitutions are really a hassle in other cases! I think it's easier and more polite to just choose a place where healthy options are available.
HaterTot HaterTot 8 years
It's also insulting to the chef who designs each entree. I'm sure this would be fine at something like a Friday's or whatever, but not at any restaurant with a real chef in the kitchen who carefully coordinates the components of each meal to compliment each other. Unless the chef specifically provides for such substitutions, then that's another story. But otherwise, if you need to make special requests, perhaps dining out just isn't for you.
pioneers pioneers 8 years
This is one of those great ideas in theory that will absolutely never happen in my lifetime. I love carbs way too much.
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