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Tips for Healthy Takeout Food

Anyone getting tired of cooking? With dine-in restaurants closed or limited right now, you may be getting a little worn out cooking every meal for yourself and your family.

The good news is that there are many options in #gilescova and the surrounding NRV that are offering takeout or delivery options. I want to talk about how to #eattonourish even when you’re not cooking, so here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Be aware of terms like, “crunchy,” “crispy,” “battered,” “breaded,” “creamy,” “cheesy”, or “Alfredo,” which often can mean higher fat or calories. Limit fried or items in sauces that are high in saturated fat. Healthier options might use terms like “baked,” “grilled,” “roasted,”, “steamed, “al fresco” or “marinara.”

  • Consider steamed vegetables or fruit as a side option.

  • Skip the sugar-sweetened beverages that can add up quickly and provide little nutritional value. Choose options like water, unsweetened coffee or tea.

  • Sauces and dressings usually come on the side when ordered to-go but ask to be sure and help control how much actually goes on your food.

  • Instead of eating out of the containers, plate your food for a more appropriate portion size. You can save part of your meal for later.

Regular handwashing, along with routine cleaning and disinfecting, remain the most effective ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19. You can find more tips on accepting deliveries and takeout orders from the CDC.

Even though you aren’t cooking together, try to still eat together as a family. Last week we talked about having a designated place to eat to make sure we’re eating mindfully. In other words, don’t stand in the kitchen eating out of the to-go container 🤣. You can involve your kids in setting the table and let them put takeout or delivery food on plates so they can feel like a part of the process.

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