An appetizer is defined as “food or drink served usually before a meal to stimulate the appetite.” Therein lies one of the two problems with appetizers. They not only stimulate the appetite, causing us to eat more later, they also add a lot of unhealthy fat and calories in their own right. Appetizers are one food or drink most of us never need.
The next time you’re in a restaurant, review the list of appetizers to see how many include fried foods and/or cheese. Many appetizers, such as fried cheese sticks, fried potato skins with sour cream, or cheese fries with dressing do both at the same time. Others, like onion rings, chicken wings, or spring rolls pull their calories and unhealthy fats out of the deep fryer while appetizers like artichoke dip rely mainly on the high dairy content. It’s easy to consume 1,000 to 3,000 calories from appetizers alone, and that’s just for starters!
The next time you eat out, which people in the USA and other countries around the world are doing with increasing frequency, be sure to watch those appetizers. Avoid fried foods and cheese. Replace them, if you must, with tossed salad, dressing on the side, and a single whole grain roll or bread. Once the salad arrives, use no more than 1 tablespoon of dressing for taste. If no healthy options are available, then skip the appetizers and go straight to the meal. Chances are your appetite won’t need much in the way of stimulation anyway!
Coaching Inquiries: How often do you order appetizers? Do you pay attention to whether they are healthy or unhealthy?
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