Ah, Chinese takeout. There is a time and place for it, but it can be deadly to a diet if consumed too often. Obviously, it’s better to stay away from anything with “fried” or “crispy” in the name. Instead, go for steamed options containing vegetables. Not as indulgent, but still appetizing.
Pick It: Egg Drop Soup
Skip It: Crab Rangoon
Crab Rangoon or egg rolls may be calling your name, but getting soup before a meal has the ability to curb your appetite so that you don’t overdo it with your main dish. Not to mention, only one Crab Rangoon has the same amount of calories (60) as a whole cup of egg drop soup. Usually, an order comes with 3 to 6 Crab Rangoon.
Pick It: Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
Skip It: Orange Chicken
Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry is prepared in a much healthier way than Orange Chicken. It cooks faster without as much oil and fat and will be high in Vitamins A and C from the broccoli. Double win.
Extra Tip: Eating with chopsticks will force you to eat more slowly!
Pick It: Almond Tea
Skip It: Eight Precious Pudding
Tea is only as healthy as what you add to it, but if you steer away from too much sugar and milk it is definitely the better choice here. Almond Tea is about 105 calories per serving, with no fat or sugar. Eight Precious Pudding on the other hand, is very sugary and contains sweet fruits with little nutritious value (such as maraschino cherries).
Besides what you order, the amount you eat is a crucial factor in how healthy or unhealthy your meal is.