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I am often tempted by take-away meals, how do I cut down or choose healthier options?

Hack I am often tempted by take-away meals, how do I cut down or choose healthier options?

We’ve all been there; come home late from work and feel too tired to cook so instead just order a local take-away. The problem is that fast food and takeaway foods are often high in kilojoules, saturated fat and salt.

Check out these smart eating tips for takeaway foods from the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA)

  • Always have some quick and easy meal ingredients so that you are less tempted to order takeaway. Think pizza bases, pasta sauces, fresh vegetables, lean BBQ meats, lean mince and ready prepared lentils

  • When ordering takeaway foods high in saturated fat and salt like chips, fried chicken, and fatty meats, limit yourself to smaller portions, and ask for a side of salad or vegetables

  • Instead of choosing a meal deal with chips and a soft drink, choose healthy accompaniments like a side salad, corn cob, bread roll, fruit, yoghurt and opt for plain water

  • If lean or wholegrain versions are offered; these are usually healthier choices
  • Choosing skin-free chicken or simply removing it can reduce the fat content of your meal

For more info check this out: https://daa.asn.au/smart-eating-for-you/smart-eating-fast-facts/healthy-eating/top-take-away-food-tips/.

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