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The Best and Worst Takeout

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Keep your diet intact no matter what you dial up for dinner.

Healthy and Delicious Choices

If you like THAI, go for:

  • Thai-style chicken: It's loaded with vegetables and sometimes served in a hollowed-out pineapple. It's your five a day in one eye-catching meal.
  • Summer rolls: usually wrapped in low-calorie rice paper and filled with bean sprouts and other steamed vegetables, shrimp and/or fish.

But Steer clear of:

  • Peanut sauce: "It's delicious but loaded with fat," says Joan Carter, R.D., an instructor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and a trained chef.
  • Thai tea: Sweetened with condensed milk and loaded with heavy cream or half-and-half, it's virtually a dessert.

If you like CHINESE, go for:

  • Wonton soup: It's light, refreshing and flavorful. One caveat: it can be high in sodium, so be sure to drink a lot of water.
  • Beef, chicken or shrimp with broccoli (heavy on the green stuff). Ask for the sauce on the side.
  • Brown rice: It's richer in nutrients and higher in fiber than white rice, so you'll crave fewer fortune cookies.

But Steer clear of:

  • Chow mein noodles and anything else that's crispy, crunchy and deep-fried, says Laura Olsen, R.D., a dietitian in private practice in Brooklyn.
  • Sweet-and-sour pork: Underneath all that calorie-packed sweet sauce are big chunks of deep-fried pork.
  • Kung Pao chicken: A typical order could be "garnished" with up to a half pound of cashews (read: 30 grams of fat).

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AGABRILO wrote:

thai is great besides the fact that no asian restaurants serve brown rice

1/29/2010 12:44:16 AM Report Abuse
gimme5girls wrote:

Some new great ideas and some good reminders.

1/28/2010 11:44:11 AM Report Abuse
caroline.jones wrote:

Thanks for the tips! My boyfriend and I always order Chinese take out (mainly fried rice and lo mein), but we are starting to come to the realization that we can make healthier versions at home for our regular meals since we love it so much and reserve take out meals for a super special treat. It is helping us maintain our weight much better and save money!

1/28/2010 11:09:11 AM Report Abuse
chemminger1 wrote:

i made some homemade pizza last night w/ thin crust, low fat cheese and turkey pepporoni. Delicious!

1/28/2010 11:03:02 AM Report Abuse
blossum44 wrote:

Thanks for the info!!!

1/21/2010 12:38:40 PM Report Abuse

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