When it comes to dining out on Weight Watchers, I’m a bit of a rebel. Sometimes, I don’t feel like tracking. And you know, that’s okay.
Hear me out.
Since embarking on this health journey, I have found eating in restaurants to be complicated. On the one hand, of course I want to stay on track. But guess what? I don’t want to be THAT girl who takes an hour to order. We’re often told in our meetings that dining out can be easy if you plan your trip, research the menu, figure out the points of each item and then fit in to your day. Easy right? EXCEPT who has time for all that? And trying to find a place that not only fits your needs but is a place your dining companions will enjoy? Good luck with that. So when I don’t feel like tracking, I make sure to choose restaurants that fit nicely with my lifestyle.
Here are a few of my favourite places.
1. Calii Love – I recently discovered this cafe on instagram and decided to finally check out their Yorkville location. While this is more fast that formal, Calii Love, makes staying on plan, easy, delicious, and of course pretty and Instagram-worthy. Ha ha. What I love the most is their double sided menu that boats not only their offerings, but an explanation of every ingredient they serve and why it’s so good for you. Also, George Clooney eats here.
2. Rolltation – Sushi burrito anyone? While this is really a take-out spot, instead of a hot dog before the game, why not grab a sushi burrito or a poke bowl? The nice thing about Rolltation is that every menu item can be customized. Even better? With the exception of the rice, most of the items are zero points! Warning: The salmon burrito is extremely addictive.
3. Fresh – One of my first discoveries, Fresh, never fails to impress. Their offerings, while vegan and vegetarian, are a delicious introduction to a plant based eating. Some of my favourite items are the flying cashew burger, green goddess bowl and of course, the sweet potato fries with miso dip – not exactly points friendly – but a nice treat to share with a friend (sharing being optional, obvi).
4. Glow Fresh Grill & Wine Bar – For those in search of healthy offerings in a hip and contemporary atmosphere, Glow provides a very special dining experience. Whether you are a living a plant-based lifestyle or love your meat, Glow offers a variety of options for everyone, while maintaining realistic portions and keeping the “yum” factor high. Yup. I just said yum factor.
5. Live Organic Food Bar – If you try anything from this list, be sure to check out Live Organic Food Bar. Live’s menu is not only entirely vegan, but organic, raw, gluten and wheat free. Wait a minute. Raw? You betcha. But don’t let the word “raw” scare you. In some cases, eating raw foods can be healthier because when food gets cooked, many of the nutrients and key benefits are destroyed. Live Organic Food Bar is a freestyle win.
So there you have it. The cat is out of the bag. On days when I don’t always feel like going through the motions of the planning process (calculating, research etc), I try to find a place that suits my lifestyle. This takes a little trial and error, but as long as you keep an open mind and a sense of adventure, dining out can be easy and fun.
I hope everyone has a good week. Please be sure to jump into the conversation. Where do you enjoy eating out? What do you order? I look forward to hearing all about it.
Agreed, this is supposed to be a lifestyle that fits into everyday life which means eating out with people in a social manner. Your life shouldn’t be ruled by constant monitoring, that doesn’t foster a healthy relationship with food.
Thank you so much for your comment! At the end of the day it’s all about balance. I definitely am guilty of all or nothing thinking (which ends up getting me into trouble). It’s important to be patient and gentle with ourselves. ❤️