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The Best and Worst Takeout

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More Healthy and Delicious Choices

If you like MEXICAN go for:

  • Chicken or vegetable fajitas: Sautéed with just enough oil to prevent sticking, they're one of the healthiest choices at many Mexican eateries. Ask for whole-wheat tortillas for more nutrients.
  • Black bean soup: It'll fill you up (beans are packed with fiber) and, as a bonus, help prevent heart disease.
  • Plain bean burrito: Ask for lettuce and salsa inside, and nix the cheese and sour cream to keep the calorie count down.

But Steer clear of:

  • Nachos: They're tasty, but the deep-fried chips, full-fat cheese and sour cream, and guacamole are a dietitian's nightmare.
  • Tacos and taquitos: The shells are often deep-fried, and the meat is usually dripping with grease.
  • Tacos and taquitos: The shells are often deep-fried, and the meat is usually dripping with grease.

If you like INDIAN, go for:

  • Tandoori anything: "The meat is marinated ahead of time in a mixture of spices and yogurt, then baked," says Carter. Even better, tandoori chicken is often made without the skin, lopping as much as 12 grams of fat off the total tally.
  • Vegetarian curry: The more vegetables, the better.
  • Dal: This pureed-lentil side dish is used as a spread and stuffing for bread. It's high in fiber and loaded with flavor.

But Steer clear of:

  • Samosas (fried beef or vegetable turnovers). They're coated with ghee, or clarified butter.
  • Anything with coconut milk: Yummy, yes. But very high in fat.

If you like PIZZA, go for:

  • Vegetable-topped pies: Pile 'em on, but go easy on the olives, which add fat grams.
  • Thin, whole-wheat crust: for extra fiber.

But Steer clear of:

  • White pizza: Lots of butter or oil, plus full-fat ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. Need we say more?
  • Stuffed-crust pies: In the simplest terms: It's like a pizza within a pizza. You're probably getting twice the calories.


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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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