Going out and don't want to blow your new healthier you?
Well, you can still eat your favourite takeaway foods and not ruin your diet.
Just a heads up, we aren't covering fast food because, well, if you're getting one of the chains you know what you're getting into.
Here's a list of the best and worst takeaway foods to enjoy this weekend -
THE BEST- Steamed whole fish. This is low in sodium and high in protein and omega 3's.
STIR FRY - With prawns, chicken or beef with veggies - tastes delicious
Need an entree? go the steamed dumplings - just make sure you only have 1 or 2 don't go crazy!
THE WORST - Chicken chow mein. We think it's healthy but on closer inspection, the noodles are deep fried.
Honey Chicken is also a bad choice as it is deep fried and full of fat.
Prawn crackers are a killer - full of unwanted calories and who can stop at 1 prawn cracker? Do yourself and your belly a favour and ask the waiter to take them away from the table - out of sight out of mind.
THE BEST - Thai Beef salad is a great healthy option!
Tip- try to avoid the rice if possible or only have a small serve as this adds a lot of calories to your meal.
Entree anyone? Chicken satay sticks are a great choice - just make sure they are grilled not fried and try not to pack on the satay sauce.
THE WORST - Pad Thai and fish cakes are both bad choices as full of fat, calories, and sodium. Spring rolls and curry puffs for entrees should also be avoided as high in calories and low in nutrition.
THE BEST - Japanese is a great takeaway choice as it has plenty of healthy options and there's also lots of fun to be had if you go to a teppanyaki bar!
Sashimi is a great low-fat option as well as it is high in omega 3.
Teppanyaki is my personal favourite - plenty of grilled meats and vegetables to choose from and tastes delicious and very filling.
THE WORST - Anything with TEMPURA is bad. Once it's deep fried most of the nutrients are gone replaced with unwanted fat and calories.
THE BEST - Italian is a tricky one as it's really easy to think you're having a low-calorie meal only to discover you are not. Best to avoid creamy sauces and portion size as this is very important.
Penne napolitana with chicken and mushrooms is a great choice - just make sure you don't have too large a serving and try to avoid the cheese on top.
Chicken breast or veal with salad or veggies is another great option.
Feel like a pizza? Thin pizza topped with chicken breast and lots of veggies is a great choice. Try to avoid the processed meats like pepperoni and salami and pizza as they can quite easily go from healthy to bad if you eat too many slices, so limit yourself to 1 or 2 slices and have a salad on the side!
THE WORST - creamy pastas such as carbonara with bacon have over 2/3 of your daily food intake in 1 meal. Schnitzels are also a bad choice as they are deep fried so full of unwanted calories. Be careful of sauces that come with most dishes as they can be full of fat and salt and add unwanted calories very easily to your meal.
THE BEST - So you've been good all evening and now comes out the dessert list. Fresh fruit with a scoop of ice-cream is a great choice. Also, gelato can be great just check its not high in sugar! A more boring choice is a cup of tea with some dark chocolate (not always available I know!)
A scoop of ice- cream is not going to kill you - just make sure you don't have 3 scoops with topping and nuts otherwise this can end in calorie disaster!
THE WORST - Deep fried ice-cream - as soon as it becomes deep fried anything it becomes bad! Also, cakes such as cheesecake and chocolate mud cake contain as many calories as your whole daily allowance in 1 dessert. It would take approx 8 hours to run this off!
The last on the danger list is the cheese plate. Full of fat and empty calories a few bickies and cheese at the end of the meal can very quickly blow your healthy evening into blow out city!
TIP: When asked would you like to see the dessert menu - say NO!
So, it really is possible to enjoy the goods things in life, and you don't have to sacrifice for them.
You can have as much fun and enjoy all your favourite restaurants as you want, it's just about making better food choices. Enjoy guys!