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Oak’s Healthy Eating Tips for Patio Season: Enjoy the food and company without compromising your wellness journey!

The weather is warming up in Thunder Bay and patio season is approaching! We are all looking forward to enjoying our favourite local restaurants while soaking in the sun and savouring our delicious meals with friends and family. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of outdoor dining (especially when we only have a couple months of it here!) so it is important to find the balance between indulging and eating healthy.

Here are some tips to help you enjoy that patio season while ensuring you are also prioritizing your health!

  1. Opt for fresh: It is not difficult in Thunder Bay to find a restaurant that serves fresh (and sometimes local) options for produce during the warmer months. Load up your plate with colourful salads and vegetables that are sure to have a delicious flavour and are also high in nutrients!

  2. Choose lean protein options: Choose lean protein sources like grilled chicken, fish, tofu, or legumes. These protein options are lower in saturated fat and can help keep you feeling full and satisfied!

  3. Watch your portion size: Many restaurants offer larger portions, making it easy to overeat. Practice mindful eating by paying attention to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. You can also consider sharing dishes when dining with friends or family or ask for a half portion of the meal if you know the portion size is large. 

  4. Hydration: Stay hydrated while enjoying the sunshine and limit the sugary beverages like cocktails and sodas. Opt for pure water, infused or sparkling water with a splash of fruit juice instead!

  5. Mind your alcohol intake: Alcoholic beverages can quickly add up with calories, hinder your weight loss goals and dehydrate you. Enjoy these beverages in moderation and consider alternating between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to stay hydrated and be mindful of what you are consuming. 

  6. Plan ahead: Look at the restaurant's menu ahead of time to identify healthier options and plan your meal choices! Look for dishes that are grilled, roasted, or steamed.

By using these healthy patio season tips, you can enjoy your delicious meals and company while supporting your wellness goals! Remember to listen to your body, enjoy and savour each bite, and appreciate the moments spent with your loved ones! Cheers to a happy and healthy patio season!


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