We have the best news for you EVER! Take-away (or eating out) doesn't have to mean getting the guilts. We're all busy, we all love convenience, sometimes take-away just feels like a necessity.
And often, because we're already feeling guilty about not cooking something healthy for ourselves, we just go all out and order the naughtiest thing on the menu because it's all bad for us right? Nope!
We've put together a guide to help you navigate the menus of your favourite cuisines so you can enjoy a quick and delicious meal without ruining your healthy diet.
Stir Fry - Go for sauces like chilli & basil or lemon & garlic and beware of dishes with sweet chilli, satay and oyster sauces as they all tend to be quite high in sugar. Go easy on the white rice, if you have some brown rice in the cupboard cook it up while you're waiting.
Larb Salad - Fresh and delicious! Pro tip; ask for the dressing on the side and pour a little bit on yourself as they can also have hidden sugars.
Tom Yum Soup
Spring Rolls :'(
Grilled Meats: Greeks are known for their chargrilled lamb, chicken & seafood. Top it off with a greek salad and you're in summer heaven!
Souvas or Gyros: Yep we all know anything with chips inside AND on the side are not great for us...
Fish & Chips
Grilled Fish: There are a lot of a great healthy fish and chip joints popping up with your favourite types of fish and healthy chip alternatives like yummy salads, or brown rice and steamed greens.
Crumbed or Battered
...the chips part
Rice Paper Rolls
Vermicelli Salad - Again, ask for the dressing on the side and don't use too much as they can be quite high in sugar.
The hoisin dipping sauce
Sashimi, Sushi, Stir Fry, GET IT ALL! Japanese is our favourite pick for healthy take-away. Extra points for ordering brown rice sushi!
Tempura, Katsu, or anything fried.
Pasta: Go for an entree sized pasta dish with a light sauce like white wine or olive oil & lemon. Pro Tip: If you're going to have a carbo-liscious meal, eat it after you workout not before. If you're carbohydrate stores are full before you workout you will be burning that, not fat. If you're stores are low after a workout, you're pasta meal will be less likely to overflow them and be stored as fat.
Eating a whole pizza...
Steamed Dumplings and Steamed Greens - Pro tip; vegetarian dumplings are usually the healthiest option as the meat varieties can have processed, fattier proteins inside.
Sweet and Sour anything
Fried Dumplings & Wontons
Fried stuff in general...
Steak with salad or veggies - skip the chips and gravy
Suss out the salad options - skip it if it's a Ceasar or something with a heavy creamy dressing
Fish of the day
Parma - no matter how god damn tempting!
Battered Fish and Chips
Tacos with grilled meats/fish and salad
Guacamole - yumm
Anything super heavy on the cheese and sour cream.