Nutritionist-Approved Fast Food and Takeout Meals
Best bet: Just about any Chinese dish can be made healthier by ordering it steamed with sauce on the side and brown rice instead of white, says Rebecca Scritchfield, RD, founder of Capitol Nutrition Group in Washington, DC. Healthier sauces include those with a garlic or black bean base. You'll probably have lots of lean protein options to choose from too, like shrimp, scallops, chicken and pork. Just be wary of tofu unless you know exactly how it's being prepared. "When it's deep-fried, it sucks up the oil like a sponge," McDaniel says.
Stay away from: Fried classics like General Tso's or Kung Pao chicken. Tso's has over 1,500 calories in one order, according to the USDA Nutrient Database, plus 87.5 grams of fat. Kung Pao clocks in at around 780 calories per order and 42 grams of fat. You can get the taste of either without the less-than-stellar nutritional profile by ordering steamed protein and vegetables plus a side of the specific sauce you're craving.