Trying to eat healthy doesn’t mean you have to avoid your favorite sports bar. In fact, many sports bars have a wide array of menu options—it’s just a matter of finding the option that fits you and your health goals.
Here are a few tips to help you order healthier the next time you find yourself at a sports bar.
Know the Lingo
Looking for a healthy option is all about understanding what words to look for on the menu. Anything that says it is “fried,” or “breaded” is likely higher in fat content because it is typically cooked in oil. So when you are looking for healthy options try finding dishes that are “grilled,” “roasted,” “broiled,” or “baked.”
If you are looking for fewer calories and lower fat, it is a good idea to avoid dishes that are described as “cheesy” or “creamy.” Though if it is a sauce, you can always ask to have it on the side in order to portion how much you eat.
Ask What Your Options Are
Knowing what to look for is important when trying to find healthy options. Just as important though, is learning what and when you can ask for substitutions. While not every restaurant is able to substitute items on their menu, you can always ask for things like replacing your fries with a side salad instead.
Drink Less Sugar
One of the best tips for staying healthy when eating at a restaurant is to stay away from sugary drinks like soda, juices, and alcoholic beverages. While these drinks are fine in moderation, overconsuming them can lead to health problems like high blood pressure and diabetes. Instead, try sticking to water or unsweetened tea.
Learn to Share
An easy way to keep things on the lighter side is to opt to share an entrée with your dining partner. By splitting the main dish, you can control how much food you eat and avoid overeating. You can always order a side of soup or salad to supplement the meal if you aren’t sure one entrée will be enough.
Eating healthy shouldn’t keep you away from watching the game with your friends. Stop by Bogey’s Sports Pub to check out our variety of menu options in time for the next game! You can find us located at 652 E Venice Avenue in Venice. If you have any questions for our staff, please give us a call at 941-488-9156.