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Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - NEWS - Melissa Meier, Healthy Food Guide Ac­cred­ited Prac­tis­ing Di­eti­tian

We’re agreed! In the depths of win­ter, it’s a lot nicer to curl up on the couch than brave the chill! But when or­der­ing take­away, you can still keep your health top of mind. CHECK THE DE­SCRIP­TION Even if your meal con­tains healthy in­gre­di­ents, how those in­gre­di­ents are pre­pared and cooked can make a big dif­fer­ence. Steer clear of foods de­scribed as creamy, deep-fried or crumbed, and look for grilled, baked or sautéed in­stead. DON’T FOR­GET THE VE­G­IES More of­ten than not, take­away meals can be lack­ing in fresh veg­eta­bles. A good trick is to order an ex­tra side of ve­g­ies and aim for them to make up about half of your meal. Thai stir-fries can turn out to be a healthy vegie-packed choice. MAKE SEN­SI­BLE SWAPS You don’t have to miss out on some of your favourite cuisines. In­stead, make healthy swaps! Some bet­ter op­tions in­clude: A few slices of a thin-crust veg­e­tar­ian pizza, rather than a thick-crust meat-lovers pizza A tan­doori curry or dahl, rather than but­ter chicken or a curry with co­conut milk Chicken and cashew stir-fry with steamed rice, rather than a satay stir-fry with fried rice Steamed dumplings rather than fried spring rolls.

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