Tips for Navigating the Chinese Take-Out Menu

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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. Here are some tips to help you navigate your local Chinese take-out menu and choose the most nutritious options.

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.

What is a portion size?

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.

Try this Skinny Restaurant Challenge

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

One Comment on "Tips for Navigating the Chinese Take-Out Menu"

  1. Scott  March 30, 2017

    I like that you recommend to learn to share your meal with another person. I like to do this whenever my wife and I try somewhere that we haven’t been to before. We both order something different and then end up splitting it. If we like something then we know to order it next time.

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