Chinese Take Out Healthy Style!

Original Image by MissMessie via Flickr
Original Image by MissMessie via Flickr

By: Nikki Nies

Expecting people to never eat take out would be unrealistic.  However, knowing what to choose on the menu can be a struggle for some when the nutrition facts isn’t visually provided.  Opting for the “healthy” menu can help steer you in the right direction and dishes that blatantly list the entrees with veggies.

Great choices:

  • Beef with Broccoli or chicken with broccoli –Order more vegetable dishes or dishes that have a high proportion of vegetable
  • Egg drop, miso, wonton, or hot & sour soup
  • Stir-fried, steamed, roasted or broiled entrees (shrimp chow mein, chop suey)
  • Steamed or baked tofu
  • Sauces such as ponzu, rice-wine vinegar, wasabi, ginger, and low-sodium soy sauce
  • Steamed brown rice

Fun tip: Using chopsticks will allow extra sauce to remain at the bottom of the dish when eating or serving onto a plate (a fork will also help). Chopsticks will slow you down, which will allow your body to respond to feeling full and satisfied and hopefully reduce the amount of food you take

Stay away from:

  • dishes with nuts—i.e. Kung Pao and General Tso’s Chicken
  • Fried egg rolls, spare ribs, tempura
  • Battered or deep-fried dishes (sweet and sour pork, General Tso’s chicken
  • Deep-fried tofu
  • Coconut milk, sweet and sour sauce, regular soy sauce
  • Fried rice
  • Salads with fried or crispy noodles


You can enjoy the take out without taking out the fun! Seeing what a serving of your favorite pork fried rice can sound daunting, but you don’t have to eliminate rice from your meal all together.  As you can see, brown rice is still 218 calories and has numerous health benefits.  Now go grab a pair of chopsticks and call up your local Chinese takeout restaurant!

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