Too tired to cook? Asian food is some of the healthiest (and most delicious!) food on the planet. Unfortunately, many of the dishes we know and love are Americanized — and more fattening — versions of traditional Asian cuisine. To help you make the best choices when eating at Asian establishments, check out these recommendations before you grab those chopsticks!
Stick to sashimi. Order your favorite rolls as hand rolls with no rice. You can do this with almost any roll.
The best rule of thumb is to choose a dish that isn’t breaded and deep-fried (goodbye egg rolls!). Avoid rice and noodles and steer clear of sugary sauces like sweet and sour. Opt for dishes that have meat and a vegetable with the sauce on the side, for instance beef and broccoli dishes, shrimp and snow peas, garlic chicken, Mongolian beef steak.
Any of the satay dishes (chicken, shrimp, or beef), any protein or vegetable stir-fry, steamed fish, chicken or beef lettuce rolls are delicious and nutritious! Avoid fatty coconut milk curries, noodles, and rice.
Best bets include chicken, lamb, beef, or shrimp tikka (grilled marinated meat skewers); any of the veggie dishes such as bhagan bharta (whipped eggplant), saag paneer (spinach with cheese), aloo gobi (marinated steamed cauliflower), vegetable jalfrezi (mixed vegetables). Avoid curries, rice, and naan bread.
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Watch the Portion Size!
A current American restaurant trend is to serve dishes on plates the size of platters. If you clean your platter, you’ve eaten anywhere from two to three extra servings! To avoid consuming a day’s worth of calories in one sitting, ask for an extra salad plate and then serve yourself a small portion.