Skinny Suppers

Skinny Suppers

Eating skinny suppers has been my saving grace in the battle of the bulge. My work has included a significant amount of travel over the past 20 years. And for someone wanting to not put weight on after I lost 65lbs years ago, I just can’t indulge in restaurants when I on the road. I have to make good choices or I will put on weight in a second. I am all for the traveler who takes a trip a year and wants to experience the best food they can on their travels. So this article is not for them. This article is for the business traveler who wants to get the most out of their food without feeling guilty or putting on weight.

Building on my column last week Nothing Tastes Like Skinny I thought I would share some of my secretes to staying fit and eating healthy while traveling.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love trying local food but these are the options I choose in different cuisines because every cuisine has something healthy and something unhealthy in their meals. As you can see it’s all about keeping to proteins and lowering fat. So that means, regardless of where I am in the world I stay away from deep fried foods and I never have butter, cream or cheese. Always remember, no cheese on salads. And I have eggs and fruits for breakfast wherever I am.

United States

  • Steaks with no fries
  • Salads with protein and no cheese
  • Maine lobster
  • Cajun chicken or fish
  • Gumbo no sausage
  • Virginia ham
  • Cedar plank cooked salmon


  • Smoked salmon breakfast lunch and dinner, the best in the world
  • British beef and lean lamb
  • And a British favorite Indian like chicken tikka or tandoori


  • Steak tartar
  • Salads
  • Niçoise salad
  • Grilled beef
  • Seafood stews
  • Mussels in white wine


  • Carpaccio
  • Seafood salad
  • Melon and parma ham
  • Antipasto bar
  • Mussels in pomodoro sauce


  • Everything except noodles, rice and tempura
  • All the raw food is fantastic and always an option wherever I am
  • Sashimi
  • Miso soup
  • Miso glazed fish
  • Grilled chicken skewers
  • Tartars
  • Teppanyaki


  • Korean BBQ
  • Bibimbap
  • Korean beef tartar
  • Clear soups

Hong Kong

  • Steamed whole fish in ginger
  • Wok fried vegetables
  • Any steamed seafood
  • Drunken shrimp
  • Double boiled chicken


  • Thai seafood salads
  • Grilled seafood
  • Tom yum soups
  • Thai beef salad
  • Papaya salad
  • Pomelo salad

With these few ideas you will still taste authentic local cuisine and you will win the battle of the bulge. Enjoy!

Daniel - Living GreenDaniel Green, the Model Cook is a Celebrity Chef known for his healthy approach to food and living  well. With TV, books, magazines and live appearances, Daniel spends his time helping fans to cook better, feel better and live better. He’s also an avid traveler and a self-confessed Foodie.

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