Enjoy Restaurant Meals And Still Lose Weight

If you are tired of cooking all your meals at home, dining out can be a great treat. But in most cases, dining out can lead to putting on extra weight. This can make it difficult to make the right decision for your health, and whether or not to eat out. This article will give you the information you need to be able to enjoy a restaurant meal and not put on any extra weight.

1. Dine at vegetarian restaurants. Visiting vegetarian places that only offer vegetarian meals is a great option. This is not to imply that non-vegetarian meals are bad for you. This just means that you will need to take more care when ordering non-vegetarian meals to avoid the ones with extra fat or calories.

As an example, chicken meat served in restaurants is usually packed with a lot more fat than normal, which is not good for you. In saying this, lean chicken meat is a healthy option but not all restaurants offer this on their menu. So vegetarian diners are a safer way to go to avoid unwanted extras.

2. Give up the salad dressing. Everyone knows that eating salads is a healthier option for you. Salads are just raw vegetables cut up into edible portions. Eating more raw vegetables is great for boosting your metabolic rate and in turn, getting your body to shed more fat. But in most cases, restaurant salads will come served with a high calorie dressing. So if ordering salads, don’t forget to ask them to leave the salad dressing off.

3. Keep away from buffets. The majority of food on offer at buffets is high in calories. These types of foods are made up in bulk and usually have large amounts of oil, which make the food off-limits to those who want to shed weight. If you really want to eat buffet style, go for the healthier options like salads and vegetables. This will help keep the unwanted calories in check.

4. Eat smaller portions. Make sure you have a reasonable size portion on your plate before you eat. All you need to do is take the excess food home for the next day, if the portion size is too large. Restaurants usually have containers you can use for any leftovers. As long as you mind the above tips when eating out next, there is nothing wrong with dining out, so go for it.

Benefits of Being Vegetarian

In the last decade, we have witnessed an explosion of scientific knowledge that has made more information available to humanity than in all previously recorded history. Due to the dedicated research of scientists and doctors, we now understand more than ever before about our physical body and what measures promote good health. As more evidence is coming to light about the beneficial effects of maintaining a vegetarian diet, the number of vegetarians around the world is steadily on the rise.

Throughout history, many great philosophers, mystics, saints, and enlightened thinkers have recognized the value of vegetarianism. It is only recently that science has confirmed the views on vegetarianism explained by these great people. More and more people are realizing that this diet can increase the health and well-being of our body, mind, soul, and the planet.

Books, journals, magazines, and newspaper articles have published research on the health benefits of a vegetarian diet. Doctors and nutritionists widely recommend that people reduce their consumption of meat, high-fat foods, and eggs as a health measure. They encourage the increased use of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains in one’s diet to cut down on cholesterol in the body and to minimize the risks of heart attacks, high blood pressure, strokes, and cancer. The results of medical findings have already had a far-reaching impact on the food and restaurant industries. We find more foods are being produced without animal products. If we look back even twenty years, a vegetarian eating at a restaurant hardly had any choices offered on the menu. Today, we can find a variety of delicious vegetarian dishes at most restaurants. Natural food stores and vegetarian restaurants abound in most cities. Even large grocery chain stores carry a large variety of vegetarian foods. Those who carefully consider the advantages of vegetarianism will see that the quality of their life and health can be greatly improved on such a diet.

Longtime vegetarians have testified to the changes they experienced when they gave up meat. Many have reported that they felt more energetic, not only physically, but also mentally. Animals that do not eat meat, such as the elephant, the horse, the mule, and the ox, are known for their great strength and endurance. Having more stamina, vegetarians tend to exhibit improved efficiency and concentration in their physical as well as intellectual work.

Gourmet Vegetarian – Small Plates at Green Zebra

Winter in Chicago is a fine time for trying new restaurants; we have a total of three different “Restaurant Weeks” going on in January and February–Chicago Originals, North Shore Restaurant and Chicago Restaurant Week, which begins February 18. Frankly, with my suburban location and a five year old I can’t always participate in these great deals, but that’s what I have Groupon for. My most recent culinary adventure came courtesy of that Chicago-based company, because I had to use my discount at Green Zebra last week-or lose it.

Green Zebra is an upscale vegetarian restaurant, decorated in a contemporary manner with bamboo and ferns that create cool textured shadows on the ceiling. It’s small, lively and dimly lit (hard to get good photos in this place without a flash, which seems to disturb the ambiance!), and I had a bit of trouble getting a reservation on an evening immediately after the Big Blizzard of 11′–fortunately, someone had cancelled. A sign asks you to shut off your cell phones, and you can check your coat in at the front counter.

I think of my desire to eat at Green Zebra as an attempt to drag my husband, kicking and screaming, into a more adventurous world of food. His diet is what he’s dubbed “truck-driver vegetarian”-all the bread, cheese and grease you can eat, just without the meat. He’s a big guy, over six feet tall, so I think the idea of small plates makes him a bit nervous, wondering if he’ll get enough to eat. He’s also a creature of habit, and likes to visit the same restaurants over and over again. But, because he knows how much of a foodie I am, I can occasionally introduce him to something new, and he likes it. Or at least, he tells me he does. That’s how I know he’s a good husband.

I will say we actually ate pretty lightly. Our waitress said that a good meal of small plates usually consists of three or four plates per person, but between us we had five plates and a dessert selection.

We started out with two cold plates, Hen Of The Woods mushroom pâté with date mostarda and pumpkin seed brittle, and a Riesling poached seedling farm pear salad with feta, mint, almonds and citrus. I loved the pâté, which was very flavorful yet mild. Even after the bready bits were gone I just ate the stuff with a knife (see how sophisticated I am?). The pear salad was less successful for me, mainly because the pear was so soft, but again the flavors were vibrant.

Next, we had a roasted pumpkin soup with whipped creme fraiche, Thai basil, pepitas and garlic, along with a small mound of fettucine, basil, pistachio, giardiniera, garlic and parmesan cheese. Both dishes were delicate and well-done. The pumpkin soup was sweet and creamy, and the fettucine, although you might think it a fairly simple pesto-style pasta, was accented with these marinated carrots (the giardiniera, I imagine) that helped to elevate the dish into something special.

We also had spiced hush puppies with seven-year cheddar. I was a little hesitant to order this, because my experience with hush puppies to date has been in Long John Silvers’ Fish & More meal, and they were eaten with ketchup. But the guy at the table next to ours, who was also using his Groupon, assured us it was an amazing dish, and he was right. Basically, hush puppies here are these little balls of fried dough, with some cheese melted on top. I think I might come back just for those.

After that we decided we were still hungry, so we decided on the dessert plate, which seemed big enough to satisfy whatever was left of the hunger pangs in each of our bellies. We were right. The plate was a chef’s selection that included three homemade sandwich cookies (chocolate chip and peanut butter, chocolate and mint, and ginger and maybe vanilla, I think), a cupcake and a doughnut, complete with hole. These desserts were rich enough to complete our meal with a flourish.

I almost forgot what was my favorite discovery of the night, something called a pink peppercorn thyme soda. This was a lovely little concoction that was just enough carbonated without being fizzy, with a clean and crisp and unusual flavor. I loved it. I would go back just for another taste.

We both enjoyed our meal immensely, although my husband admitted that he could have used a heartier meal after the long day he’d had. Personally, I found the amounts perfect, but I am about a foot smaller than my husband and he runs half-marathons regularly while I sit around and stare at my elliptical machine as though it was going to do something interesting.

I will tell you what I think is the greatest strength of Green Zebra: its chef, Shawn McClain, knows how to put flavors together, whether it’s to complement another flavor or to accent it. Every dish we tried included some unexpected little zing of something that just made it exciting. I love food, but I’m a newbie when it comes to food culture. I’m out of my element when I go to places like this. Nevertheless, the restaurant had me discussing flavor combinations as though I knew what I was talking about. It’s the kind of place where you can’t help but talk about the food, because it’s the type of place that makes you think about the food. It makes you consider the ingredients separately, and together. That in itself makes Green Zebra special.

Honestly, this is a place that’s a bit out of my price range for regular nights out. But I’m already trying to figure out which of my vegetarian friends-and which of my non-vegetarian friends, since I didn’t miss the meat one bit-I should take back for a meal at Green Zebra.

Green Zebra also features a tasting menu and honors other dietary restrictions, so vegans will have no trouble eating there as well. The guy who sat next to us also said the Sunday brunches there are fabulous, so that may be our next visit.

Green Zebra
1460 W. Chicago Ave.
312-243-7100

Top Vegetarian Paradise in the World (2)

With the emerging of a new eating fashion, there are more and more people who favor food made of vegetables. People would like to take in this kind of food for the sake of health and longevity. They think that vegetables are much more healthy than meat. Throughout the whole world there are many places in which vegetables are really famous. Now I will list the top vegetarian paradise in the world.

1. Sydney

Here, there are a large number of vegetarian food available for your choice either in the vegetarian restaurants or seaside coffee shops. You can also find some vegetarian restaurants which offer man-made meat and vegetarian cakes. Restaurants like Iku Wholefood and Laurie’s Vegetarian Take Away are good choices for you.

2. San Francisco

San Francisco always has a tradition of anti culture. There are a lot of vegetarian food available for you in the seaside region. You can eat snacks made of bean curd in AT&T park, enjoy the vegetable ice cream in Maggie Mudd or have a vegetarian feast in Millennium.

3. Poland

Since Poland attaches great importance to environmental protection, it now has become the paradise for vegetarian people. The available restaurants include Paradox Palace Café, Voo Doo Doughnut and Food Fight. Besides, Poland also offers satisfied food for those strict vegetarians.

4. New York

Different kinds of vegetarians can find their own favourite food in New York. New York is the home to a large number of healthy food stores as well as many cookery schools. In the Natural Gourmet Cookery School, students will provide you with vegetarian dinner which contains 4 dishes.

5.Chiang Mai

As the second largest city in Thailand, Chiang Mai is the paradise for vegetarians and strict vegetarians. There are a lot of outdoor vegetarian restaurants in the downtown areas. Every restaurant has a yellow post on which reads “jay” or “vegetarian”. You can try meatless Khao Soi which is the most popular kind of wheaten food. It contains egg noodles, coconut and curry soup, pickled vegetable and lime.