We show you how to or­der a bet­ter meal in

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - CONTENTS -

When you’re pressed for time and have hun­gry bel­lies to fill, cook­ing a meal from scratch can take a back seat to a drive-through at the lo­cal fast-food joint or a home-de­liv­ered pizza. Or­der­ing restau­rant meals de­liv­ered to your door is also a new food trend, thanks to the rise of such on­line ser­vices as Menu­log and UberEATS.

Ev­i­dence sug­gests that eat­ing fast foods reg­u­larly can lead to weight gain, due to their ex­cess kilo­joules, and the av­er­age take­away meal pro­vides al­most half of an adult’s av­er­age daily en­ergy in­take (8700kJ).

But take­away doesn’t have to sab­o­tage your healthy-eat­ing habits. Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study con­ducted by Ac­cred­ited Prac­tis­ing Di­eti­tian, Geral­dine Ge­or­geou, it’s pos­si­ble to get up to three serves of veg­eta­bles in your ‘or­dered in’ meal.

“Or­der­ing a healthy take­away dish can help you meet your five [veg] a day, as long as you fol­low some sim­ple rules, such as or­der­ing a side salad, choos­ing a stir-fry op­tion or ex­tra steamed greens with a main,” she says. While we don’t en­cour­age you to reg­u­larly rely on take­away to feed your fam­ily, we un­der­stand that con­ve­nience dom­i­nates mod­ern life. We put some of the most pop­u­lar cuisines in the spot­light and show you how to give them healthy makeovers in three sim­ple steps. A tastier, health­ier take­away starts here!

The av­er­age take­away meal has half of your daily kilo­joule needs

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