If you find yourself struggling a bit to keep up with your New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, get rid of the guilt! Even the most faithful dieters will tell you it’s okay to cheat occasionally. In fact, some diets even suggest going ‘off the wagon’ one day a week.
I recently featured some healthy dining-out options on KPRC TV. Sure, it’s tough to diet when dining-out, but more restaurants are offering more options to help you do just that.
For starters, one of Houston’s longtime favorites is Hungry’s. In business for about 40 years, Hungry’s is great for dieters because they are so accommodating to your needs! If you’ve never perused their menu, it’s worthy of your time as there are many tasty choices from burgers to grilled entrees. I’m particularly fond of their ‘Bistro Salad’ selections.
On the television segment I featured their Tostada Salad (comes with or without tortilla chips), a great combo of black beans, tomatoes, mixed greens and corn all tossed in a delicious cilantro-lime-cumin dressing:
Perhaps my favorite is Hungry’s Kale Salad with its golden raisins, dried cranberries, walnuts and parmesan cheese all tossed in a zesty roasted garlic vinaigrette. You can add grilled chicken or even shrimp if you need a protein fix:
On the same TV segment, we also featured Chef Hugo Ortega’s refreshing Red Snapper Ceviche that he serves at Hugo’s and Caracol. Talk about a fresh dish – the gulf snapper is tossed with avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro and lime juice. Diet or no diet, this dish is always a winner.
Wine drinkers don’t despair. It is possible to work a glass of wine into your routine without destroying your determination to diet. Red wines and white wines are very similar in calories – anywhere from 120 to 125 a glass for a five-ounce pour. Keep in mind, the higher the alcohol content the higher the calories.
One of my new favorite wine finds is the Billhook White, a Rhone blend from California that’s medium bodied with flavors of pear, honey and a hint of citrus.
Pinot Noir fans, check out Repeat Offender by the DC Flynt folks who are responsible for the popular Chain Gang Red. The Repeat Offender has robust flavors of bing cherry and spicy strawberries. Both the Billhook and Repeat Offender wines are available at your H-E-B and are reasonably priced.
Perhaps the wines with the lowest calories per glass—the dry Proseccos are my favorites for dieting. Try the Enza Prosecco. It’s crisp refreshing flavors of peaches, green apple are highlighted with a hint of honeysuckle, and at only 70 calories a glass (sparklings are usually served in smaller glasses), it’s the perfect treat.
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