Healthy Takeout Cheat Sheet: How to Order 6 Types of Food Without Gaining Weight
Healthy takeout options
When it comes to typical takeout, though, so many types of common cuisines are packed with waistline saboteurs like saturated fat, astronomical levels of sodium, and problematic refined flour.
The good news is that with a few smart choices, an effortless meal doesn't have to ruin your diet.
Read on for your healthy takeout cheat sheet that outlines 6 types of common delivery food, and tips to make informed choices for each!
It's all about smart choices, people.
If you're ordering … Pizza : We all know that pizza isn't the best thing for us, but it's certainly not the worst. That said, there are things you can do to make it a total waistline saboteur. Here's how to make ordering pizza a healthy takeout option that won't totally bust your diet.
• Pile on the veggies. Adding toppings like mushrooms, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, onions, or salad will allow you get the fiber-rich benefits of produce.
• Steer clear of meat toppings like pepperoni, ham, or sausage. These are largely processed, and loaded with sodium and fat.
• Blot! Some folks roll their eyes at this one, but experts say that blotting the oil from each slice can shave around 30 to 40 calories. Not a ton, but better than nothing!
• If you can, order whole wheat or thin crust. This means less white flour, and less carbs.
• Try eating a salad before you dig into the pie, which will fill you up. If you're ordering … Sushi: Sushi is one of the healthiest things you can order-nothing terribly wrong with fresh fish and a little white rice-but there are some hidden pitfalls lurking on that takeout menu.
• As tasty as they are, standard spicy rolls are made with mayonnaise, Philly rolls are made with salty smoked salmon and cream cheese, and anything with tempura means it's deep-fried, so stay away from these types of rolls.
• While a California roll isn't unhealthy, per se, its abundance of avocado and (often) imitation crabmeat aren't the best choice if you're already eating spicy rolls, or anything fried.
• Choose a mix of rolls that only include fish and vegetables like cucumber, radish, scallion, or carrots, and treat yourself to one "treat roll" like Spicy Tuna.
• If you're low-carbing it, ask for your rolls to be wrapped in cucumber instead of rice, and fill up on starters like miso soup, a little edamame, or seaweed salad.
• Instead of dunking each piece into salty soy sauce, try swirling your chopsticks around in the sauce first, then picking up your sushi-you'll still get the flavor with way less sodium.
If you're ordering … Indian: The great thing about Indian food is the fact that everything is so flavorful. However, there are certain dishes that are loaded with saturated fat and calories. With the right choices though, Indian can be a healthy, satisfying meal.