HERE AT FORK AND HOSE CO. WE ARE ALL ABOUT COOKING, BUT SOMETIMES TAKE-OUT IS THE ONLY OPTION IN THE FIREHOUSE. WHETHER IT BE MEXICAN, ITALIAN, PIZZA OR CHINESE THERE ARE PLENTY OF WAYS TO EAT A HEALTHIER MEAL. TO HELP YOU MAKE BETTER DECISIONS, WE PUT TOGETHER SOME TIPS FOR THE NEXT TIME YOU ORDER OUT....
When ordering Mexican food, chicken fajitas are a great choice. You get lean protein and plenty of veggies. Another plus is the soft tortillas are not fried like the hard tacos you see on the menu. These tortillas can add as much as 100 calories each though, so try and limit yourself to one. You should also skip the sour cream and substitute guacamole instead, which has tons of healthy fats.
Right off the bat you should start with a salad, preferably with oil and vinegar dressing rather than a cream based one. Go with a chicken dish and order a side vegetable rather than a pasta.
Chinese food portion sizes are usually meant for 2-3 servings, so when you open the box remove half right away and save it for another day. Many places now offer "healthier" dishes such as steamed chicken and shrimp. Try and stay with these while getting any sauce on the side, and instead of fried or white rice, order brown.
Order yourself a minestrone soup to start, many places offer this which is loaded with vegetables and fiber to help fill you up before you start eating your pizza. If possible order a thin crust to save some carbs and ask for light or no cheese. As far as toppings go, try and avoid fatty meats such as pepperoni and sausage. Instead go with grilled chicken or just vegetables.