Hi Everyone! My name is Tessa Stamper and I’m the chef and registered dietician at Noodles & Company. I’m back this month to talk with you about eating healthy in a hurry.
Now that the weather is warming up, it’s the perfect time to learn how you can eat healthy while managing your busy lifestyle. Here are some tips to get a jumpstart on swimsuit season…
1.) PORTION CONTROL—In my opinion, this is where you can get the biggest bang for your nutritional buck. Research shows that we tend to eat whatever food quantity is placed in front of us, regardless of how hungry or how big the portions really are. Are you a member of the Clean Plate Club? Try ordering smaller portion sizes when possible, or eat half and take the other half home. At Noodles, we have Small, Regular and Trio-sized portions. Order a small and you get an immediate 50% reduction in calories without sacrificing the flavors you love!
2.) CUSTOMIZATION – Do your best to frequent restaurants that will allow you to customize your dish, and ask for the more calorically dense foods to be left off the dish or order on the side (for example items like cheese, bacon, dressings, etc). This way you can control a large amount of calories in your favorite dish easily. We’re happy to customize your dish to meet your taste or dietary needs. Just let us know what we can do!
3.) BE AWARE – It’s important to know what you’re eating. Many restaurants have nutrition information available upon request or online to help you choose their healthiest items. You also can check out this information before heading to the restaurant so you can make your menu decision before you walk in the door. All of Noodles’ nutritional information and tools are available here.
4.) THINK FIBER – Fill up on whole grains and fruits and vegetables. These foods take longer to digest, so you’re not hungry as quickly afterwards and they are full of micronutrients and anti-oxidants. Many restaurants have whole grain substitutes, so be sure to check out what’s available. You can swap whole grain linguine for any noodle at Noodles & Company – just ask!
5.) KEEP ACTIVE – Go for a walk with your kids after dinner, or take a ride on your bike—just don’t head straight for the couch! A little exercise will go a long way to keep your appetite, and your waistline, in check!