For the most part, you do the right things. You get your heart pumping regularly. You check nutritional labels when you grocery shop, and you plan ahead by carrying healthy snacks in your purse. Nevertheless, there are times when life shakes things up on you, and you just have to stop for take-out on your way home. Eating out doesn’t have to mean throwing all of your hard work out the window though. Here are some tips for navigating the Chinese take-out menu to help you choose the most nutritious options available.
Tips for Navigating the Chinese Take-Out Menu
Tip # 1: Learn to Share
Chinese menus usually offer large portions. You don’t have to eat your meal all alone. Why not split a dish with a family member, or freeze half for one of those days when you just don’t have time to make dinner.
Tip # 2: Substitute Fried Options
Fried entrees might taste good, but they are high in unhealthy fats. Try substituting body damaging fried choices for dishes that are boiled, broiled, or steamed.
Tip # 3: Think Green (or Orange, or Red, or Yellow)
Chinese restaurants usually offer delicious veggie options. Skip unhealthy fried meat choices and give a strictly vegetable dish a try. Why order won tons or egg rolls when steamed vegetable dumplings taste just as good and are far better for your waistline?
Has all this talk of Chinese food left you hungry? Try these Skinny recipes at home:
- Asian Chicken Wrap
- Quinoa and Vegetable Stir-Fry
- Slow Cooker Asian Braised Pork Tenderloin
- 6-Ingredient Orange Chicken