Takeout may never be as healthy as a home-cooked meal, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with only double-fried, drenched in sauce options, either.
One of the biggest hurdles to eating healthier is that it often requires planning and a trip to the grocery store and meal preparation. It’s one of the reasons why 1 in 3 adults in the US eat takeout (pre-COVID-19).
Most people prefer home-cooked food to restaurant food, but that’s not always an option. Sometimes, people are too busy or tired to get behind a stove and prepare something healthy; while this is great for food-delivery apps, it’s not so great for your health or waistline.
Also, it doesn’t help that many fast-food restaurants are unimaginative or have limited healthy options; it’s mostly dull salads drenched in high-fat dressings. Sure, ordering that chicken salad might make you feel better about yourself because you’re making a “healthier” choice, but it likely has more calories than a cheeseburger!
However, all hope is not lost. There are workarounds you can use to make your takeout healthier.
Fast food restaurants tend to highlight their meat options more than their vegetarian options, but most offer a vegetarian menu. Taco Bell, for instance, has a menu that is certified by the American Vegetarian Association. Vegetarian options are often healthier than their meat options. Even if a restaurant doesn’t offer vegetarian options, you’re still better off ordering a dish that contains some veggies or that comes with a veggie side.
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Eat the veggies first; otherwise, you might end up throwing them away because you’re too full! Also, filling your stomach with healthy food first leaves less room for the less healthy options on your plate.
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