13 Foods Nutritionists Always Eat at Buffets
A free-for-all of your guiltiest food pleasures can put your willpower to the test, but loading up on these healthy options can help you end an all-you-can-eat meal without the regret.
Foods you rarely get to eat
You’ve already paid for it—do you really have to skip your favorite cornbread dressing that you know isn’t good for you? Nope! Braddock points out that seeking out those unique items that you don’t get to eat too often is part of the fun of buffets, and you can indulge your taste buds without overboard. “Start with a small portion. You can always go back for more,” she says. “You have the excitement and a variety of flavors, and you’ll be able to identify what you do really like.” If that baked ziti turns out to be pretty blah, then at least you’ll only have wasted a couple of bites.
When you want something sweet at the end of your meal, consider making a dessert of berries and melon. “It refreshes the palate but can also satisfy that sweet taste,” says Mills. If the only options are canned fruits, she recommends letting some of the liquid fall back in, especially if it’s in heavy syrup instead of water. But be warned: These are 14 things nutritionists never eat at buffets.
A bite of dessert
OK, dessert won’t do your waistline any favors, but no one expects you to resist it all the time, especially when you’re in front of a case full of baked goods. The trick is to not get it just because it’s there but to ask yourself how appealing it really looks. “I have been to buffets where none of the desserts are really that special,” says Braddock. In that case, you might want to stick with your bowl of fruit or split a dessert with the rest of your table to satisfy your sweet tooth without all the calories. A fruit crisp is generally a healthier choice than some of the more indulgent cakes, adds Mills. Next, learn about the 50 things nutritionists never eat (and neither should you).