Healthy Children - April 2019

MyPlate, MyWins Tips: Make your takeout healthier

With smart choices and small changes, these tips can help make your favorite Asian-inspired meals work for you.

  • Look for veggies. Pick dishes that highlight veggies, like chicken and broccoli or a vegetable stir-fry. Be mindful of the type and amount of sauce used.
  • Try steamed rather than fried. Steamed dumplings and rice are lower in saturated fat than the fried versions.
  • Adjust your order. Most restaurants are happy to accommodate your requests. Ask that your food is cooked with less oil or half the sauce.
  • Add sauces sparingly. Sodium in soy sauce and calories from added sugars in duck and teriyaki sauces can add up quickly, so be mindful of how much you use.
  • Use chopsticks. Unless you’re expert, eating with chopsticks can help you slow down and recognize when you’re full so you don’t overeat.