The COVID-19 pandemic in Australia has meant that most of us are having to cook and eat at home more than ever during these unprecedented times of isolation. However, ordering in meals can be a way to still enjoy a date night, family night, or simply to have a break from cooking. When we think of ordering in food we tend to think of the higher calorie/fat/salt meal options such as fast food. However, keeping most of our meal choices nutritious, even when ordering in, can help support our bodies and minds during such stressful and challenging times.
Here are some helpful tips of what to look for when choosing a nutritious and healthy meal to order in:
Below are some examples of dishes that you can order in using some of the main food delivery services (Deliveroo/Uber eats/Menulog) that also fit in with the above tips for a nutritious and healthy meal:
|Salads||Lots of vegetables, try some that include healthy fats (feta, extra virgin olive oil) and/or lean protein (chicken breast, seafood)||Zeus Street Greek, McDonalds Classic Chicken or Garden salad, most restaurants|
|Pita /Kebab||Vegetables, choice of sauce and how much||Zeus Street Greek, your local Greek restaurant|
|Simple hamburger||Choose a hamburger made with a grilled patty, lots of salad and limit the amount of sauce. Limit adding extra patties, cheeses etc.||Grill’d (Nick the Green, Simply Grill’d), Betty’s Burgers (Bare Betty – wrapped in lettuce instead of the bun), your local hamburger restaurant|
|Fish||Choose a grilled fish and add a salad on the side. Try garnishing with lemon.||Your local fish and chip shop|
|Steamed rice based main meal||Choose a steamed rice to go alongside a protein and vegetable based dish such as Calamari with ginger, Beef/Chicken fillets with vegetables, a lentil/chickpea vegetarian based curry||Your local Chinese/Indian restaurant|
Talk to your LifeShape Dietitian for further guidance on how to include more healthy and nutritious meals into your day.