It’s perfectly acceptable not to feel like cooking once in a while, but the question is, is there any way we can make healthy choices? Let’s explore!
Whether you are on a weight loss plan, or you just want to make healthier choices, when eating out or ordering takeaway dishes can be difficult. They usually contain more fat, salt and sugar than regular meals, and if you often eat fast food it could bring about serious consequences for your health.
Don’t worry, though, with a few tweaks, it is still possible to have takeaway and enjoy a nutritious meal without compromising your health or diet.
1. Fish and chips
If you are going for fish and chips, go for mushy peas instead. Peas are a great source of fiber, protein and antioxidants. The batter is one of the tastier parts of the dish, but breadcrumbed fish is healthier as it absorbs less oil, if there isn’t, leave some of the batter. Ask for a smaller portion of unsalted chips or share it –stay away from soggy chips as they have soaked up too much oil from the fryer.
Try going for a tomato-based sauce instead of creamy carbonara, or swapping meat-based pizzas for vegetable toppings and always choose thin-crust –deep-pan and stuffed-crust pizzas contain twice the amount of calories.
First tip, use chopsticks, they’ll force you to take smaller pieces and you’ll eat slower –so you won’t overeat. Stay away from deep-dried dishes and sugar-rich sauces. Opt for a soup entrée, and Szechuan prawns, boiled rice, and egg foo yung as the main course.
4. Kebabs and burgers
Falafel is always a healthier choice, but if you still want to eat meat skip your doner and opt for a shish kebab as it is usually grilled, needless to say, switch chips for a salad side-dish and the same goes if you are ordering a burger. No extra cheese or double patties will make your burger healthier.
Mexican cuisine has plenty of healthy options –a burrito bowl, tacos filled with meat, poultry or beans. The best options are those with tomato salsas and lots of beans, they provide fiber, vitamins and protein.
Indian food is not the first that comes into my mind when I think of a healthy takeaway, but you can however find many healthy options. Opt for tomato-based sauces in your curries, keep rice plain, lentil dhal and chana masala as side dishes.
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