After a long week, it’s understandable if the takeaway menu is more appealing than the fridge door.
But, what with all of the oil, saturated fat, sugar and salt poured into making your food delivery more delicious, how can you make sure you’re not piling on the weight while enjoying your dinner?
FEMAIL spoke with Australian nutritionist, Susie Burrell, for her top tips on making the healthiest possible takeaway decisions.
Some of what she has to say might surprise you.
Takeaways have become increasingly popular, what with people working harder than ever and not necessarily having the time to cook (pictured: Noodle Box with UberEATS)
But, what with all of the oil, saturated fat, sugar and salt in takeaways, how can you make sure you’re not piling on the weight while enjoying your dinner? (stock image)
FEMAIL spoke with Australian nutritionist, Susie Burrell (pictured), for her top tips on making the healthiest possible takeaway decisions
Top of Susie’s list of what to look out for is anything that’s been fried:
‘Think schnitzels (even in sushi), Pad Thai, spring rolls, fried fish, calamari and hot chips,’ the nutritionist – who has partnered with UberEATS to create a range of nutritionally-balanced takeaway meals – told Daily Mail Australia.
She also said you need to avoid ‘processed white carbs’.
‘Noodles, rice and bread are all fillers which do not contain a lot nutritionally and add tonnes of carbs and calories to your takeaway,’ Susie explained.
Top of Susie’s list of what to look out for is anything that’s been fried – this includes sushi, schnitzel, Pad Thai (stock image), calamari and fried fish
Choose roasted vegetable salads over those with noodles and rice – they may look dense, but they will be packed with more nutrition (pictured: Jack Greens)
Lean protein is key to making a healthy decision – and barbecued chicken (stock image) is a surprisingly healthy choice
* Make sure your plate contains a 1/4 of protein, 1/2 of vegetables and salad and 1/4 carbs via brown rice, wholegrain noodles or wholegrain bread.
* Be wary of anything that’s been fried, including sushi, spring rolls, fried fish, calamari and schnitzels.
* Choose barbecue chicken over stir fries and curries, which can be packed with oil.
* Indian, Chinese, thick pizza and fried fish and chips are among the worst cuisines you can opt for.
* Meanwhile, with Asian and modern Australian food, you can often make good decisions.
* Soups and salads are normally good choices, but pick vegetable salads over rice or noodle salads.
Instead, you should look for ‘lean protein – such as fish’ or – surprisingly – barbecue chicken:
‘A lot of people think that barbecue chicken isn’t healthy, but in general it’s a much more nutritionally sound choice than stir fries and curries, which can be packed with oil,’ Susie said.
She also said you should be wary around ‘rice or noodle salads’.
‘A roasted vegetable salad might look calorie dense, but it will be filled with nutrition,’ she added.
When it comes to the worst cuisines available, Susie warns against ‘Indian, traditional high fat Chinese, thick pizza and fried fish and chips’.
In their place, choose ‘Asian, where you can usually make good choices’.
‘With modern Australian food, it’s also easy to locate lean protein, vegetable and salad options,’ Susie continued.
Susie Burrell is currently working with UberEATS on Family Feeds to develop affordable and healthier takeaway options (pictured: Pasta Pantry and Farmer Chicken)
The meals range from a full roast chicken dinner to a Greek mezze platter (pictured: Zambrero)
‘Ideally, your takeaway plate will contain a 1/4 of protein, 1/2 of vegetables and salad and 1/4 carbs via brown rice, wholegrain noodles or wholegrain bread,’ she said.
‘Soups and salads are always good choices.’
Susie Burrell is currently working with UberEATS on Family Feeds to develop affordable and healthier takeaway options.
These include a full roast chicken dinner, Greek mezze platter or mixed grill.
To find out more, download the UberEATS app, type in Family Feeds and select a meal deal from one of your favourite restaurants.