It is difficult enough to get dinner on the table in a timely manner after working all day, not to mention having to pick up your children from their after-school activities and then supervising homework while getting some household chores done. Ordering takeaway food may seem like a good idea on days that you are running behind schedule, but how do you know what you are feeding your family is healthy? Here are four healthy options when ordering takeaway foods for dinner.
Healthy Pizza Options
Who doesn’t love pizza? On the nights when you’re running late, you can order a takeaway pizza, but be careful about the toppings. An all meat, cheese stuffed crust pizza can be very tasty, but very fattening with each slice containing about 400 calories with about 17 grams of fat each. If you want a healthier option, order a ham and pineapple pizza, a favourite of many children, because it will only have about 195 calories per slice with about 7 grams of fat. There are even healthier options, but good luck getting your little ones to eat seafood or veggie pizza.
Healthy Chinese Food
Although it is delicious, many Chinese takeaway foods are loaded with sugar because of the sauces and added fat. Fortunately, some of the best Chinese takeaway in Bristol can be very healthy for you, but you need to be careful how you order it. Try some prawns with vegetables, but instead of ordering fried rice, go with steamed rice to cut the fat. If you want something more child-friendly, try chicken chow mein. A serving has about 890 calories and 30 grams of fat, which is not really the best choice if you are trying to lose weight, but it is okay to splurge every now and again.
Healthy Fish and Chips
Needless to say, an order of a pie and large chips is not going to win any fitness awards. This meal is loaded with fat and there really isn’t even fish to satisfy your appetite. Instead, try ordering a medium piece of haddock or cod and chips if you really want fish and chips. A mini piece of cod and some scalloped potatoes will also satisfy your appetite, as well as help you maintain your diet. This order contains about 550 calories and approximately 30 grams of fat. You can just add a side salad for a well-balanced meal.
Healthy Indian Food
If your family likes Indian food, you need to be very careful with what you order. Indian food is often loaded with fat from the oil used to cook the food and the sauces can also be full of sugar. Try to stay away from foods with sauces and opt for dishes such as tandoori chicken or chicken biryani. Order only one carbohydrate on the side, so choose rice or naan, but not both. An order of tandoori chicken with half an order of rice or naan is only 380 calories with 10 grams of fat.