How to make eating out and happy hour healthier | All the Fun Minus the Excess
Healthy appetizers that are easy swaps from their more calorie laden alternatives but what is a healthy appetizer? Happy hours are probably one of the main ways I socialize so I try to be mindful most of the time about what I chose to eat and drink. I love a good drink as part of a balanced and sustainable lifestyle. I even have a dedicated Instagram to champagne. But it can be hard to maintain our ideal weight when we just order without thinking or overeat.
Coffee and tea dates are fine for the afternoon but not many of us can handle caffeine late in day and let’s be honest cocktail hours are way more fun.
Healthy appetizers make a healthy lifestyle more manageable
Healthy lifestyles that are maintainable are about having a normal life, not missing out, or feeling deprived but to do that we have to make smart choices. We don’t need to stick to the healthy alternatives 100% of the time, but if you do so more often than not, you’ve got much more chance of staying on track!
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Healthy Appetizer Choices
I feel like we normally eat heavy appetizers at happy hours or over drinks rather than with dinner. What is a healthy appetizer? Here are my top swaps that are very similar but a lot healthier.
- Dips and sauces: tomato instead of cheese or cream based
- Fresh table-side guacamole rather than queso. Or even better salsa instead of guacamole or queso.
- Ask for Raw vegetables instead of dipping chips – or both (normally have them anywhere they serve wings)
- Grilled Chicken skewers/ Chicken Satay instead of wings or fried chicken
- Ceviche, grilled octopus or Poke instead of calamari
- Sliders protein style with lettuce instead of the cheese & bun
- Crab cakes or shrimp cocktail instead of wontons or potstickers
- Chicken Lettuce wraps instead of quesadillas, tacos or flautas
- Flatbread instead of deep pan or stuffed crust pizza. You can even ask for light or no cheese.
- Sashimi instead of sushi
Healthier Happy Hour Drink Options
- Wine or champagne instead of cocktails and beer (generally less sugar and calories).
- Ask for a wine spritzer with with soda water instead of tonic or lemonade (less cals and alcohol)
- Soda water/Club soda instead of tonic, sodas, or juices (less calories and sugar)
Healthy appetizers aren’t about what you can’t have but what you can
A Happy Hour every now and again never hurt anyone but sometimes there’s periods of time where they happen more than less and life’s too short to say no! These swaps allow you to not miss out on what you love and still manage to have a healthy lifestyle, with a few simple lifestyle habits.
Enjoy and have a fabulous, fit’ish night out.
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Eve Dawes is a Blogger, Podcaster, Mrs. England World 2020, a WBFF Pro Diva, SAG-AFTRA actress, NASM certified Personal Trainer, Founder of Dawes Custom Cosmetics and GlamourandGains.com. Eve's also the host of BFF (beauty, fitness & fashion) segment on Spill The Tea Live! The show for British Expats. Eve has over 15 years experience in the fashion world, is an avid traveller and cruelty-free beauty advocate.