When going to a bar you usually have snacks or choose to have dinner with your drinks. It easy to start munching on what is in front of us, or choosing a dinner entree that is high in fat and calories. Having knowledge of high protein low fat foods before going out will keep you from blowing a diet, or making unhealthy food choices. There are several healthier snack and dinner options you can choose when going out to a bar for the evening.
Instead of eating greasy potato chips with your drink, a healthier choice would be pretzels. Pretzels are low in fat and calories. A one-ounce bowl of pretzels has 108 calories and 1 gram of fat.
Be careful of the popcorn you choose to eat while at a bar. The healthiest option is to choose air-popped over oil-popped popcorn. Check with your server to make sure your popcorn is not prepacked. This type of popcorn often contains trans fat. A two-cup serving of air-popped popcorn without butter has only 62 calories and 0 grams of fat.
Choose a baked potato over greasy french fries when choosing a side-dish from your bar menu. Baked potatoes that are not smothered in butter and sour cream make a healthier option. Choose salsa as a topping for your baked potato. This topping adds great flavor and is low in fat. A medium baked potato has 188 calories and 0.2 grams of fat. A 1/4 cup of salsa has 18.1 calories and 0.2 grams of fat.
Longing for a steak, choose a piece of lean sirloin that is broiled from your bar menu. A piece of sirloin that is 2.5 ounces has only 150 calories and 6 grams of fat. This would be great with a baked potato with salsa.
Snack on plain crackers instead of crackers loaded with dips and fillings. Choose a plain cheese cracker for a healthier option. Ten crackers have only 50 calories and 3 grams of fat.
Choose roasted chicken over fried chicken from your bar menu. A three-ounce roasted chicken breast has only 140 calories and 3 grams of fat. This would be great with a side salad and low-fat dressing on the side.
If you can’t do without your burger, choose a regular burger over a cheeseburger. Don’t order a large burger loaded with condiments and cheese. A regular size hamburger has 245 calories and 11 grams of fat.
Pizza is an option if you choose a thin crust, cheese pizza. One slice of cheese pizza has 290 calories and 9 grams of fat.
Craving seafood, choose to have some oysters for a bar appetizer. Choose raw oysters instead of breaded fried oysters. One cup of raw oysters has 160 calories and 4 grams of fat.
Instead of fried veggies as a bar appetizer, choose to have a raw vegetable platter. This will cure your munchies, and be much healthier than filling yourself with grease. One carrot has 30 calories and 0 grams of fat, and a stalk of celery has only 5 calories and 0 grams of fat.