Take On Takeout: Tips to Make it Healthier
Fresh food is always the best choice, but let's be real - some days you just don't have the time or energy to cook. Here are a few strategies to help make take out a little healthier:
Look for veggies
Pick dishes that highlight veggies, like chicken and broccoli or a vegetable stir-fry. Be mindful of the type and amount of sauce used.
Try steamed or grilled foods
Many foods can be steamed or grilled rather than fried. Steamed dumplings and rice are lower in saturated fat than the fried versions and many fast food restaurants now offer grilled options in addition to fried.
Adjust your order
Most restaurants are happy to accommodate your requests. Ask that your food be cooked with less oil or half the sauce.
Add sauces sparingly
Sauces can quickly add both sodium and sugar to an otherwise reasonably-healthy food option. Order sauce on the side, and dip into the sauce instead of pouring it on top of your salad, chicken, etc.
Research has shown that soup can actually make you feel full quicker than other foods. Bear in mind that a heavy cream-based soup won’t keep your meal healthy; however broth-based soups, with a balance of protein and vegetables could be a solid option.
Unless you’re an expert, eating with chopsticks can help you slow down and recognize when you’re full so you don’t overeat.