Date Night

Hi Readers!

I know my last post was just a few hours ago, but I wanted to post about our fabulous dinner date. J and I try to have a date night a few nights per month. We’ll usually go out to dinner, go to a movie, or just stay home and take a walk together. Either way it is quality time spent together.

Tonight we went to TGIFriday’s (not our usual choice) because we had a coupon. Yes, sometimes our budget speaks louder than our tastebuds! They have a new line of menu options that use Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum Sauce – so we knew we had to try it out.

(By the way my husband love love loves Captain Morgan). Look what we have hanging in our house:

Haha and yes that is hanging in the main stairway.

I ordered the Caribbean Chicken with double veggies instead of rice:

I ended up eating one of the chicken breasts and half of the veggies.

J ordered the Captain Morgan Caribbean Conga-Line Chicken Sandwich:

It looked so good. Check out all that avocado! And it came with sweet potato fries. Somehow I refrained from eating all of them. I had 2.

I try to not eat at restaurants too much because there are so many hidden calories (not to mention it gets expensive). When I do go out, I want to get something that makes me feel good (not bloated and stuffed to the gills). I thought I would share some of my Restaurant Eating Tips. There aren’t very many, but I think they are pretty helpful. Do you have additional tips to share?

  1. Do your research. Choose the restaurant BEFORE you go and check out their menu online. This way you can make a decision before getting to the restaurant and being influenced by smells, specials or your friends/family!
  2. Check out the “diet” menu. This should really be labeled “Normal Food for Normal People”, not “diet” food. I’ve heard Cheesecake Factory’s diet menu is actually labeled “Weight Management Menu”. Are they trying to shame people out of ordering from there? But really, check this part of the menu out. They usually have lower calorie options because they are closer to what REAL portions should be!
  3. Choose meat/veggies over a burger/sandwich. Unless the sandwich is served on super wheaty, grainy, crusty bread, to me those calories aren’t worth it. I’d rather get a nice piece of protein and some veggies, because eating those types of meals make me feel good and they make my body look good. I will also ask to sub extra veggies instead of foods I don’t really want: rice, baked potato, french fries, etc.
  4. Ask for sauce/dressing on the side when able – or sometimes I’ll ask for half the amount of sauce, etc. Make requests – but be nice about it. Smile, be polite and be kind.
  5. When you get your plate, decide how much you are going to eat, and eat only that much (or less). I don’t know about you, but I grew up in the Clean Plate Club and I have a hard time determining my satiety. I try to eat only half (or less) of my restaurant meal. Usually I will divide it up on my plate, eat my half and then ask for a to go box.
  6. TAKE YOUR TIME. This goes for eating at a friend’s house or at your own house! Along with the Clean Plate Club I belonged to the Scarf Your Food Down As Quickly As Possible Club (or SYFDAQAPC for short). Now I take a bite and actually chew it (what a concept, right?) before taking another bite. Sometimes I put my fork down between bites to use up time so that my brain can catch up with my stomach.

Question: Do you have any restaurant eating tips you like to use?

Next J and I are going to see Inception. I know, I feel like I keep writing about this, but I’m so excited to see it. Tomorrow I’ll post pics of our nice theater that we go to. The last movie I saw was Eclipse (which was kind of a disappointment to be honest…)

Question: What was the last movie you saw in the theater? Did you like it? Why or why not?

Have a great night everyone!


11 Responses to “Date Night”

  1. Wendy Says:

    Ooooh, the Caribbean Chicken looks delish. I love Friday’s. And props to you for only eating TWO sweet tater fries!

  2. Wendy Says:

    PS – I have to ask: Does your hubby roll his eyes every time you whip out your camera and take pictures of food? Cuz mine does. Lol!

    • couchpotatoathlete Says:

      Actually no! (not yet) He actually reminded me after our food was brought out. I was ready to dig in and he said “don’t you need a picture of this?” hahaha he’s a better blogger than me! 🙂

  3. Ellen@FirednFabulous Says:

    I think you’re right about deciding ahead of time what you’re going to eat. If you do that, you’re a lot less likely to overindulge. I saw Inception tonight and it was amaaazing! Seriously, you have to see it! At the beginning, I was like, “Ohh no, I’m going to be so clueless the whole movie.” But then everything started coming together and it was just so awesome! Plus, Leo and JGL weren’t so bad to stare at for 2 hours either 😉

  4. Maria @ Oh Healthy Day Says:

    Aside from your tips, I also plan the rest of my day around eating out. I make sure to have a really filling, healthy breakfast and lunch. This will mean that I’m not starving when I get to the restaurant and don’t go crazy with the bread basket or chips and salsa. Prepping yourself beforehand makes all the difference.

    • couchpotatoathlete Says:

      Good tip! That is definitely important to plan the rest of your day. I try to make sure I eat great meals full of protein/produce to make sure I am satisfied before going out. You are so right about the bread basket — if I’m hungry I can’t keep my hands out!

  5. peacebeme Says:

    Inception is an amazing movie!

    The only real tip I have beyond yours is to be confident and don’t feel ashamed for asking for your food to be prepared how you want it (no cheese, extra avocado, dressing on side, etc). I have a hard time with this but when I just do it confidently like there is no big deal, I feel so much better after the meal and feel more satisfied!

  6. Sherris Says:

    Rx for wellness, eat meat, veggies, nuts/ seeds, some fruit, little starch, no sugar. That’s how i eat minus my 2 hours a week where I can eat anything I want. But I have abundant energy and my body just feels good. The biggest thing I can say about eating is listen to your body cues it will tell you when you are hungry and when you are full. also more often than not when you want to reach for that carby bread basket you are craving good fats like almonds ect. I try to always have some sort of snack of that nature on me so I don’t get so hungry I end up eating something totally terrible.

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