Getting Takeaway during Covid-19

Does social isolation seem to entail an endless round of cooking, washing up and filling and emptying the dishwasher? Some people are thriving on home cooking and loving the opportunity to try out new recipes. For others, who may not have been confident in their cooking skills, or who are simply not enjoying all this extra cooking, an odd take - away can offer welcome relief.

In ‘normal’ times, about 25% of the food that we eat comes from outside the home according to our national surveys, so it’s no wonder that we are missing our restaurants and cafes. Some of those have altered their businesses to offer take - aways to pressured home - cooks.

If you are treating yourself to a takeaway there are a few tips that might be helpful to keep in mind:

  • Don’t over-order – safefood has published several research reports on take-away foods over the years and invariably they show that the portions of take - away foods tend to be very large, sometimes twice as much as you need, so don’t be afraid to share.
  • Avoid the nibbles – it’s really tempting to fill up on garlic bread or poppadums but these can carry a lot of calories. Tasty as they are, the average portion of prawn crackers contains 606 calories!
  • Watch the fats – take away meals tend to be higher in fat and calories than home - cooked meals. Go for vegetable, chicken or fish dishes over fattier meat dishes. Avoid creamy sauces in favour of tomato - based sauces. Choose baked or boiled potatoes over chips and don’t be afraid to ask whether the food can be grilled instead of fried.
  • If you are having a drink - enjoy your glass or two of beer or wine, and sip water with your drink to reduce your alcohol intake.
  • Times have changed – you don’t have to finish your meal. Here’s more about storing left-overs safely.

There are lots of healthier choices at your favourite restaurants and take-aways. Whether it’s Chinese, Indian or Italian food that tickles your fancy, take a look at our tips on how to stay on track when eating these types of food.

If you’re picking up your takeaway, don’t forget to practice your social distancing. Or if it’s delivered, remember to wash your hands after you have unwrapped the food and disposed of packaging before you eat. Here’s more advice on food shopping and covid-19.