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A Restaurant Week How To

Yay!!!! Nashville Restaurant Week is upon us! If you looooove menu sampling as much as I do, then you know restaurant week is the perfect time to hit up some of those pricier independently owned venues you might not otherwise want to splurge on. Maybe it’s just a good excuse to grab some friends for a mid-week dinner. Either way, here is your list of next week’s participating restaurants: Nashville Restaurant Week Monday, January 19th-Sunday January 25th.

Most restaurants offer a 3 course tasting lunch and/or dinner menu ranging anywhere from $20-$40.   You may be wondering how to enjoy this week and still maintain those healthy eating resolutions. Fear not, I have you covered:

  1. DON’T SKIP MEALS EARLIER IN THE DAY: This remains true for a holiday meal, birthday celebration, or work event as well. Your metabolism with thank you for eating consistently throughout the day-EVERY DAY. Eating snacks between meals that are good sources of fiber and protein will keep you from going HANGRY on someone and you won’t be starving when you get to the table.
  2.  MORE WATER, PLEASE. Similar to how a midday snack works, try drinking a glass of water just before a big meal. It can help provide a slight feeling of fullness and curb that craving to dive into the bread basket the second it’s put on the table. Drinking a glass of water between alcoholic beverages can help keep those sneakier calories at bay.
  3. PORTION CONTROL: Luckily during restaurant week, the portions served tend to be smaller than normal to account for reduced menu pricing. Hopefully, you have done some research and chosen a restaurant that includes more items on the menu than just Southern Fried Goodness. If you do order a more calorie dense entree, opt to take a portion home for later and save room for a few bites of dessert. Moderation folks!
  4. TRY A DISH YOU WOULDN’T NORMALLY PREPARE YOURSELF: Restaurants want you to try their unique flavor profile of the trendiest foods on the market. Think Brussel sprouts, cauliflower and herb infused everything. Look for dishes that spotlight vegetables in a new light and you might find a new favorite, while keeping your waistline happy.

I am eyeing a spot I haven’t yet had a chance to check out-The Yellow Porch in South Nashville. The menu sounds A-MA-ZING!

Port Poached Sun-dried Cherry Salad with Baby Greens, Spiced Walnuts, Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette     AND       Citrus Chili Dusted Salmon on a Medley of Farmer Dave’s Local Roasted Root Vegetables, Cipollini Onions and Brussels sprouts with Brown Butter Miso Vinaigrette and Herb Crème Fraiche.

Let me know your favorites! Until the next best bite…

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