For the very first time!
In a dream world, we’d all prep perfectly balanced meals for the week every Sunday. But when life gets busy, sometimes we want to have an already-prepared-by-someone-else meal come to our front door (or office) at the click of a button.
If the scenario above sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Earlier this year, Postmates reported that they complete two-million deliveries per month. (That’s more than 66,000 every day!) We asked registered dietitian Alex Caspero to come in and show us how she goes about ordering a healthy takeout meal. To make things extra special, Alex admitted she’d never used Postmates before!
What She Ordered on Postmates
Fresh tofu spring rolls, vegetable jungle curry, and a side of brown rice from a Thai restaurant.
Why She Chose These Items
First, why Thai? Alex says she wanted to opt for a more exotic meal. “I don’t like paying for salads or sandwiches because those items are easy to make at home. When I want something a little more interesting, but still healthy, I choose Thai food.”
After selecting her restaurant, she opts for a nice, light appetizer. “I love these fresh spring rolls. They’re stuffed with vegetables, firm tofu, and vermicelli noodles. In comparison to other options such as deep-fried spring rolls or other fried appetizers, these are a much healthier option.”
For the main course, she chose a curry with vegetables that was free of coconut milk. “It’s not that coconut milk is necessarily unhealthy, but it does have a lot of calories and fat, which isn’t what I was looking for in a quick, light lunch.”
Next, Alex opted for a vegetable entree as she was already getting a protein serving in the tofu from her appetizer. If you do want to add protein, she recommends calamari, shrimp, or chicken as low-fat options. Finally, Alex selects brown rice over white rice as her side for added fiber and nutrients.
Alex’s TakeOut Tips To Go
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