February 10, 2009
Ordering in dinner is a necessity for me on busy days, but I haven't always made the best choices. That's why my nutritionist, Ashley Koff, R.D., has been helping me find healthier options at some of my favorite restaurants. Here are my new menu picks:
Italian: I love pizza, and Ashley explained that I could still have it-but with a few tweaks. Now I order a thin crust with half the cheese and swap the pepperoni for veggie toppings. I always thought broccoli would ruin the taste of a pie, but I have to admit, it's pretty yummy.
Deli: A cheeseburger from my neighborhood hangout used to be a staple of mine until I discovered an awesome turkey chili on the menu. A big bowl has less than one-third the calories and fat as the burger, but is every bit as satisfying.
Chinese: Ashley pointed out that many sauces used in Chinese food contain lots of sugar. Fortunately, my local takeout place is happy to substitute a spicy, sugar-free, black bean sauce on any of their entrees, like shrimp with snap peas.
Thai: Chicken satay is healthy and flavorful-I have it with some steamed veggies and brown rice a couple of times a week.