Ethnic Eating-Out Tips: Thai, Indian, and French
Fabulous foreign food doesn't have to be fattening
By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Many of us already know how to navigate the menus at fast-food, family style, Mexican, and Italian restaurants but what about more exotic cuisines like Thai, French, and Indian?
Follow the tips below for healthy meals in these delicious ethnic restaurants.
This cuisine is growing in popularity, in part because of its reliance on vegetables and focus on healthy foods.
The foods and spices are aromatic, Asian, and easy to enjoy. Spicy dishes can be modified to suit your tastes while retaining flavors that are not familiar in most home kitchens.
Brown rice has found its way onto hip Thai restaurant menus across the country and is a great way to add more fiber to your meal.
Indian curries resemble Thai food, and can be ordered to your desired degree of spiciness. Enjoy a serving of raita, a cucumber-and-yogurt side dish designed to balance the spiciness of Indian food.
Chutneys are blends of dried fruits and spices (with a texture similar to preserves) that often accessorize curries.
A recent bestseller claims that "French Women Don't Get Fat," so you might assume theirs is a low-calorie cuisine. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The portions may be smaller, but French foods tend to be high in fat and calories.
Simple is the best approach in French restaurants, as it is the sauces that are usually loaded with fats and calories.
At Any Restaurant
No matter what type of cuisine you choose, here are a few basic strategies for dining out without sabotaging your weight loss plan:
Originally published April 7, 2005.
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