Top 10 tips for a healthy takeaway

Eating out is part of modern day life whether as a treat or as part of your daily living." Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan.    

Of course, lots of food in restaurants is healthy, but restaurant foods tend to be higher in fat, the portions can be bigger and they serve you temptations that you simply wouldn’t keep in your kitchen at home. So here are a few pointers to help you enjoy eating out without feeling guilty.

1. Don’t arrive starving

Eat a small, healthy snack a couple of hours before your meal to make sure you are not tempted to eat everything in sight.

2. Avoid the nibbles

At the beginning of a meal, when you are hungry, it’s very easy to fill up on the bread, poppadams, tortilla chips, etc. Try to avoid these extras.

3. Fill up on low-fat foods first

Make sure your starter is something light, like soup or salad. That way, there is a good chance that you won’t eat too much later on during the rest of the meal.

4. Ask

Don’t be afraid to ask for substitutions or alterations. Ask for sauces and dressing on the side, vegetables to be served without butter, salad or extra vegetables instead of chips. Most places are used to this.

5. Watch the fats

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. Ask whether the food can be grilled instead of fried.

6. Eat slowly

Enjoy your meal and the company. Give your body time to give you the signal that you are satisfied.

7. Times have changed

You don’t have to clean your plate. Cover the remaining food with your napkin if you like.

8. Sharing is caring 

If you are still hungry, try to choose one of the lower fat dessert options like fruit or sorbet. If you want to go for one of the more indulgent options, why not share?

9. Drink to your health

Enjoy your glass or two of beer or wine, and sip water with your drink to reduce your alcohol intake.

10. Healthy eating at your favourite restaurant

We have all the healthy menu options for your favourite type of takeaway.