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Guide to healthy take aways

Take aways aren't renowned for being the healthiest of meals, but few of us can resist a treat now and again. The good news is that if you're trying to lose weight or just eat more healthily, you don't have to ditch take aways altogether. Here are some healthy take aways alternatives...

Healthy take aways

Chippie

Do you love a nice greasy fish and chip? The average portion tends to be enormous and everything is deep fried in batter - but there are ways to make your meal healthier. The thicker the chips, the healthier they are because the less oil they absorb. Add a portion of beans or mushy peas on the side to get one of your five recommended daily portions of fruit and veg. Fish coated in breadcrumbs is a healthier alternative to batter. And resist asking for extra salt when they're bagging them up!

Chinese

While authentic Chinese cuisine is one of the healthiest in the world, most versions we find in Britain are laden with fat and oils. It's best to steer clear of anything that's labelled "crispy"; this usually means that it's been deep fried. Prawn crackers and spring rolls are also usually fried, so keep a close eye on any side portions or starters you order. Steamed dishes and stir fries and healthier alternatives.

Pizza

Pizza varies dramatically in terms of fat content. If you can tailor-make your pizza, choose low fat options like vegetables, fish and prawns. Needless to say, deep pan pizzas, extra cheese and pizzas with stuffed crusts are best avoided if you're counting calories.

Indian

When trying to choose healthy take aways that include sauces (like curries or pastas), a good general rule is that the creamier the sauce is, the higher in fat it is. Tomato sauce curries like jalfrezi, rogan or madras are lower in fat than creamy curries like korma, passanda or masala.

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