Wondering what to order for dinner from UberEats without ruining your diet? Take advice from dietitian Melissa Meier who reveals the best and worst meals.
Let’s face it: cooking dinner night after night can become a seriously time-consuming chore – so thank god for Uber Eats. With good health on your radar, however, ordering in can be a bit of a minefield. So, I’ve rounded up some of the most popular takeaway orders and put a healthier spin on them for those nights you just can’t be bothered.
Healthiest (and unhealthiest) UberEats takeaway orders
The OG takeaway meal, nothing beats a deliciously cheesy, meaty pizza – but digging into a whole eight slices on your own can make a serious dent in your daily calorie, saturated fat and sodium intake. To make it a little lighter, split a pizza with your man friend or gal pal and opt for a slice free of processed meats, like seafood or vegetarian. If thin crust is available, choose that, too.
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It’s easy to polish off a mountain of fluffy white rice – but that’s not exactly my definition of a well-balanced meal. I’d recommend you cap your intake of rice at about one cup (think: the size of your clenched fist). To round out the meal, ask for lots of extra veggies and make sure you’ve got some lean protein like prawns, chicken or egg on the side, too.
Much like fried rice, I’d recommend you focus on the actual portion of pasta more than anything else. Again, try and stick to about a cup of cooked pasta, and make up the rest of your meal with a few veggie sides (Caprese salad, anyone?).
Simple is best when it comes to burgers, so say adios to ultra-heavy options with ‘the lot’. Don’t be fooled by supposedly healthier vego patties, either – they can be packed with ultra-processed rubbish, high in sodium and saturated fat, which isn’t good news. Opt for a wholemeal bun if it’s available and pack it with lots of salad.
Nothing beats a handful of steaming hot chippies – and there are plenty of reports suggesting these babies are *the* most popular Uber Eats menu item. Unfortunately, however, there’s no way to make them a healthy choice, so my top tip is to be mindful of portion size. If you really savour the flavour of every mouthful, you’ll be more satisfied with a smaller portion (read: your waistline will thank you for it).
They mightn’t seem that ‘unhealthy’, but a burrito can pack a serious amount of calories, sodium and saturated fat. If Mexican is your jam, I’d recommend you skip the burrito altogether and opt for a burrito bowl with brown rice to help balance the carbohydrate portion of the meal. Take it easy on the guac and skip the sour cream to help control the calorie content.
If you’re ordering a salad, you go girl. The only things I’d recommend you exercise caution with are potato and/or pasta based salads, and anything drenched in a creamy dressing. Otherwise, chances are you’re in for a super healthy meal.
Oodles of noodles drenched in a delicious sauce, it’s no wonder pad Thai is a real crowd pleaser. If you’re not careful, however, it can turn into a carb-heavy, sodium bomb – so it’ll pay to watch your portion size. I’d suggest you order stir-fried veggies on the side and fill up on those before you dig in to the main course.
Sushi is deceptively healthy. It seems light and fresh – but it can be packed with sodium (especially you’re the type of person who likes to drown their rolls in soy sauce) and unhealthy fats (if you’re into deep fried sushi fillings). I’d recommend fresh sashimi, a veggie roll or two (on brown rice if possible) and a side of edamame beans for a healthier sushi meal.
Whatever the style, curry can quickly dampen your health game thanks to the use of coconut cream (it’s packed with saturated fat, FYI). With any type of curry, it’s wise to keep your portion relatively small (same goes for the rice you serve it with, too) and order lots of veggies on the side to help balance out the meal.
Melissa Meier is a Sydney-based Accredited Practising Dietitian. You can connect with her at www.honestnutrition.com.au or on Instagram @honest_nutrition.