BE honest, we’ve all done it. Out for a few pints with the lads and then there’s that urge for a late-night takeaway. Even in Spain, the number of tempting outlets is increasing and while takeaways are often cheap, convenient and satisfying, unfortunately, they’re not always very healthy and can lead to a variety of health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes.
The law now insists that food outlets now list calories on their menus, which lets you make a healthier choice.
Fish and chips
There are lots of ways to make your trip to the chippy a healthier one. Have a portion of baked beans or mushy peas with your fish and chips. The thicker the chips the better, because they absorb less fat. Ask for your fish and chips without salt – if you want some salt, add a small amount yourself.
Fish and chips that are cooked in oil at the right temperature taste better and absorb less fat. So watch out for soggy batter and chips, because this is often a sign that the oil wasn’t hot enough.
If you’re having pizza, choose lower-fat toppings, such as vegetables, ham, fish and prawns, and don’t ask for extra cheese!
With pasta dishes, if you want a lower-fat option go for a sauce that’s based on tomatoes or vegetables, rather than cream.
Anything that’s battered or marked as “crispy” on the menu means it’s deep-fried. Watch out for starters such as prawn crackers and spring rolls, because these are generally deep-fried. Anything in batter will be high in fat. Sweet and sour pork is usually battered.
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, plain rice or chapatti. Also choose plenty of vegetables, including lentil side dishes (known as dhal).
Kebab and burgers
Doner kebabs can be high in fat. For a healthier option, go for a shish kebab, which is a skewer with whole cuts of meat or fish and usually grilled.