When you're on a diet, dining out without filling out can be as tricky as herding cats (meow). But Bethenny Frankel, author of "Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting" (click for details), has devised the ultimate guide to enjoying restaurants without guilt. The following tips are from her new book "Skinnygirl Solutions: Your Straight-Up Guide to Home, Health, Family, Career, Style, and Sex" (click for details):
- Japanese: "Ask for brown rice or a half portion of rice and/or light mayo in your sushi rolls to make them lighter," says Bethenny. She suggests edamame as "a great high-protein snack and a way to fill up before your entrée."
- Chinese: Order Egg drop, hot and sour, or wonton soup. "The soups are salty, so stick with a small. It will still be filling." And fill up on sautéed vegetables.
- Thai: Order "salads and summer rolls, which aren’t fried but are instead wrapped in soaked rice paper and filled with veggies. Everybody wants pad thai, and that’s fine, but eat the chicken or tofu and vegetables out of it and just have a little bit of the noodles and peanut sauce."
- Mexican: "If you love the tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole, you should have them. Put a handful of chips on your plate and don’t dip back into the basket after they’re gone. Ceviche is a great low-fat Mexican dish."
- Italian: "Grilled lamb chops and sautéed shrimp dishes are good options. If you order pasta, stick to tomato-based sauces or olive oil and garlic. Add some protein, like chicken or shrimp, and as many vegetables as you can. Some restaurants will give you a half order, and you can share with someone."
And when you're eating at home, you can get help from Bethenny on making delicious low-calorie meals with her cookbook "The Skinnygirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life" (click for details).