As more businesses open up it is lovely to have a wee treat. A takeaway from a local food outlet is a great way to support that business and to also have something to look forward to perhaps once a week during the Covid19 restrictions.
But Takeaway food can also be high in fat, salt and sugar.
Regularly consuming takeaways can have a negative impact on your heart health as well as your waistline.
Here are some tips from Heart Research UK on choosing healthier takeaways.
Choose a food outlet that has healthy options on the menu
Compare the menus for takeaway food outlets and try to choose one that provides some healthier options. Some takeaway food outlets list calories on their menus and this can help you to make a healthier choice.
Choose wisely from the menu
Try to avoid foods that are deep fried, such as fish in batter, chips and fried chicken. Swap large deep-pan pizzas and pizzas with stuffed crusts for smaller pizzas. Select lower fat pizza toppings, such as mushrooms, peppers, sweetcorn, chicken and ham, rather than pepperoni or extra cheese which are both high in fat.
Keep an eye on portion size
Be careful not to buy too much food when ordering your takeaway. Instead of ordering starters, mains, sides and desserts, why not just have a main course and finish off with some fruit and yoghurt. You could share a dish or freeze a portion of your takeaway for another time to avoid eating too much.
Make your own ‘Fakeaway’ at home
Try making healthier versions of your favourite takeaway dishes at home by finding healthy recipes online. If you can’t live without your favourite takeaway dish, you could try swapping side dishes, such as chips, garlic bread, fried rice or naan bread for brown rice or wholemeal pitta bread that you prepare at home.
Think about what you drink
Rather than buying sugary drinks with your takeaway, try drinking tap water or low calorie drinks instead. If you usually have alcoholic drinks with your takeaway, try to reduce the amount you consume by having a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink and try to choose drinks that have a lower alcohol content. Not only will this reduce your calorie intake, but it may also reduce the cost.
Links to suggested online healthy recipes:
Couscous bowl with harissa chicken
Bombay Potato and Chicken Wraps