No matter how hard you may be trying to keep your diet as healthy as possible, it can be challenging to stick to this when eating on the go. These tips will help you to make the right choice when it comes to the items that you order from street food vendors, ensuring that you do not fall victim to all of the unhealthy fare out there.

Scout the Options
When it comes to street food, there are usually a few different options to choose from, and, in order to eat as healthily as possible, you need to do a little bit of scouting first to decide which vendor would be best for you. While Mexican food is usually considered to be unhealthy, there are often some great options that you can order, such as a salad bowl filled with grilled chicken, salsa and guacamole. Seafood, as long as it is not deep fried, is another good choice, as is a piece of high-quality protein paired with some vegetables. You should also skim through the menu of each vendor while you are browsing, pinpointing any healthy options that particularly appeal to you.

Street food vendor

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Menu Alterations
While some vendors may frown upon a customer asking for substitutions and other alterations to the existing menu, the majority of them will be more than happy to accommodate any requests that you may have. This makes it easy to turn an unhealthy meal into a much healthier one, by simply asking for items to be grilled instead of fried, or substituting fried side dishes for a salad. You can also request for your meat portion to be reduced and your vegetable portion increased, or simply just ask for more vegetables, as you will find that many places will not charge any extra for this.

Juice food cart

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Healthy Juices and Smoothies
The healthy juice and smoothie trend has really taken off recently, and you are likely to encounter a vendor that is able to whip up a tasty beverage for you. However, you still need to be quite vigilant in your choices here, making sure that the vendor does not add any extra sugar to the drink, as you can simply choose certain fruits if you prefer a sweeter taste. Vegetables such as kale, spinach, and cucumber help to balance the sugar content of a juice that is high in sweet fruits, and can also provide your body with a range of essential nutrients and antioxidants. While juices and smoothies are not sufficient to be considered a meal replacement, they are still a fantastic healthy snack that will tide you over until you can get your hands on a well-balanced meal.

While you may try to avoid eating out as much as you can, this can sometimes be a necessity, making it difficult to stick to a healthy diet. However, by making a few simple adjustments to the items that you would usually order, it is definitely possible to stay healthy when it comes to street food and dining on the go.