This week, our Rev-Coach; Liam Trickey has written our weekly blog! With his background in nutritional knowledge, read on to what he thinks on Indian Takeaways ..
We all love the taste of the foods we shouldn’t eat and always like to ‘treat’ ourselves to a takeaway every once and a while but how bad is a takeaway really??
Takeaways have always been the ‘easiest’ food to order with it being delivered to your door ready to eat and taking away the time and stress of cooking and what to cook. The problem with this so called easy method of eating food is you don’t know how it’s cooked or even what you’re eating!! Takeaways are extremely high in fats and sugars and extremely low healthy vitamins and fibre.
Indian takeaways are all made from a pre-made base made with lots of carrots and onions…… Doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Well…. The amounts of oil it is cooked in is ridiculous! The oil removes the protein from the food meaning the food will not nourish the body as well as the excessive amount of sugar and salt added into each meal some almost 3x your daily intake allowance.
The best way around having a takeaway is making your own, yes, it’s not the same as getting it delivered and you still have to cook but some are really quick and easy to make plus you know exactly what’s in your food as well as being able to add extra vegetables and make it more nourishing.
If there is a circumstance where you are going out for a meal and there’s no way of getting around it, plan ahead and try to avoid anything that’s creamy or deep-fried. To reduce the amount of fat in your meal, choose dishes with tomato-based sauces, such as tandoori and madras and plain rice also choose plenty of vegetables, including lentil side dishes.
Try to avoid: any creamy curries, such as korma, passanda or masala with pilau rice, naan, bhajis, pakoras and poppadoms.
Healthier options: tandoori or madras with chicken, prawns or vegetables, plain rice and chapatti.
So, my top tip would be look into making your own homemade takeaway as you can really know how and what is going into your food. Also have a look at the online members lounge in the Rev meals section in phase 1,2 and the member’s cookbook section for healthy curry alternatives to make the takeaway night a rev takeaway home-made night.