Restaurant Health Tip: Dip Romaine Hearts in Salsa

Restaurant Health Tip: Dip Romaine Hearts in Salsa

Here’s a great weight loss idea: start dipping romaine hearts into your salsa instead of tortilla chips.  Sound silly?  Now hear me out.

Romaine hearts, the central leaves in the head, hold their shape when dipping and have a nice crunch when you bite into them.  Consider this your pre-dinner salad.  Just 8 leaves (40 calories) have 3 grams of protein and provide a great source of folate and more than a day’s worth of Vitamins A and K.

I know, I know, you could never give up your chips.  Well, I, too, have a weakness for chips and salsa. 
When I go to a Mexican Restaurant and they put them down in front of me, it takes every ounce of my strength to resist and I usually allow myself at least a few.

What I usually do is alternate the chips with romaine leaves.  Yes, I bring my own.  And, no, I don’t care what other people think!  If I was going out with strangers, maybe I’d hold back, but with friends and family, I discretely dip my lettuce into the table’s salsa.  It’s not like I double-dip or anything!

I’ve realized that it’s the salsa I crave and the chips that make me feel crappy afterwards.  So, I minimize the damage to get the best of both worlds.  Yes, I know tortilla chips’ mix of salt and fat is addictive.  But, I feel so much better after my meal now, and that feeling is even more addictive.

Romaine and salsa has also become one of my favorite low-calorie snacks at home.  It’s filling, satisfies my taste-buds, and it’s really easy to pull together.  To get the most out of this tip, choose a lower-sodium salsa and read the ingredients list.  It should only have ingredients you would use if you were to make salsa from scratch: tomatoes, onion, chilli pepper, lime, cilantro, salt and pepper.

Are you bold?  Do you bring your own food to restaurants where healthy options are lacking?  Not an entire meal, of course, just a few items to augment what you order.  Maybe your own salad dressing?  Post it in the comments.

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5 Responses to Restaurant Health Tip: Dip Romaine Hearts in Salsa

    • Glad it’s useful! If we all start doing this at restaurants, maybe they’ll start offering a romaine option instead of chips. 😉

    • Glad it’s useful! If we all start doing this at restaurants, maybe they’ll start offering a romaine option instead of chips. 😉

  1. Yes, I bring no fat dressing for my salad & request no cheese or croutons on he salad.mive never had any complaints. & if I did, I would simply remind the waitstaff that I should actually get a reduction in price because I’m not using their dressing. I haven’t had to do that yet, but, just saying !!

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