Surviving Take-out!

We all have those days when we’re so rushed we don’t have time to cook dinner, there are no leftovers to quickly heat up, and the cupboards are bare because tomorrow is grocery day! As a last resort we end up calling for take-out.

When you find yourself in this situation you can still eat a fairly healthy meal if you spend a little time doing some research. Check the online menus for a couple of restaurants and look for dishes with lots of veggies, whole grains, and quality proteins. Avoid processed and starchy ingredients such as white flour pastas, white breads, white rice, white potatoes and tortillas. Instead look for brown rice, whole wheat bread, and lettuce wraps. If the dish is made with a sauce, ask for it on the side so you can control the portioning, or if that’s not possible ask for 1/2 the regular amount of sauce. Also choose grilled instead of breaded and fried, steamed instead of stir-fried, and ask if you can get fresh fruit or veggies instead of the fries!

If I call for takeout without doing my research I’m likely to order one of the dishes I remember ordering in the past which may not be a healthy option. When you decide beforehand what you will be ordering it will prevent the spontaneous selection of lower quality options!

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