Having fewer takeaway meals can help you to save money and lose weight. Many takeaway foods are high in calories, fat, salt and sugar which all have an impact on your health. So by reducing your takeaways you can help to keep yourself healthier.
There are lots of small changes you can make to have a healthier takeaway. Remember that these foods are usually not the healthiest choice of meals though so try to reduce how often you eat them. These ideas also apply when eating out at a restaurant.
- Firstly, try to recreate your favourite takeaway meals together at home with friends and family. They can taste just as good or even better!
- If you are having a takeaway try to plan when and how often you will have these as an occasional treat. How often do you currently have takeaways? See how much you can cut this down.
- Some restaurants now show the calorie content on their menus. Look for dishes with fewer calories.
- Choose a regular or small portion instead of the large or super-size. Could you share a portion or save some for another meal?
- Have thick-cut chips instead of skinny fries, as these absorb less fat.
- Opt for pizza with more vegetable or lean protein toppings (e.g. ham, chicken or fish). Instead of extra cheese or pepperoni.
- Sauces that are tomato or vegetable based are healthier than creamy and cheesy sauces.
- Think about how the foods have been cooked. Swap fried foods for boiled or steamed instead such as with rice for example. Look for dishes which are grilled or stir-fried too.
- Wait about 15-20 minutes before ordering desert, you might find you’re actually full and don’t even want one.