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Don’t Ditch your Diet on Valentine’s Night

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you’re on a diet, don’t despair – it doesn’t mean you have to punish yourself with something sad and tasteless when you go out for dinner. Follow foodie Lisa Lillien’s lead and enjoy your meal!

MEXICAN

 

Beware of the salad: most taco salads are smothered in fatty toppings and served in greasy shells. Go with chicken or shrimp soft tacos for about 840kJ each: pass on the sour cream and pile on salsa. (Spicy food helps you feel satisfied and may even boost metabolism a bit!)

 

 

CHINESE

 

Broth-based soups fill you up, so have a cup of egg-drop or hot-and-sour soup for about 330kJ. Then share an order of steamed shrimp dumplings (about 210kJ per dumpling) and beef with broccoli. It’ll be plenty of food, as most Chinese entrées are meant for two. Tip: order any entrée steamed, sauce on the side, to cut fat.

 

 

ITALIAN

 

Order a starter as soon as you’re seated, such as minestrone soup or a side salad with vinegar and oil, so you won’t be tempted to devour the entire breadbasket. If you want pasta, ask for it as a side to a grilled chicken or fish dish to get the taste you love in a smaller portion. Just be sure to skip creamy alfredo options; choose a tomato-based sauce instead.

 

 

JAPANESE

 

Heading out for sushi? Start with super-light miso soup, edamame or seaweed salad. Then steer clear of rolls with the words tempura, crunch, dynamite and spider in them – those are typically stuffed with fried shrimp and crab or covered in globs of mayo. Instead, share a variety of more traditional fish or veggie rolls, like salmon or yellowtail, and some sashimi.

 

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