10 Healthy Tips for Takeout or Delivery

Dining at home with your favorite takeout or food delivery? Our simple tips will help you make healthier choices when ordering healthy meals delivered.

Check online . Some menus have symbols or designations so you know which options are healthier. Or, you can look up nutritional information (if any) on the restaurant’s website.

Ask for help. If you don’t understand what a menu item is or want to know more about it, just ask. Restaurant staff can guide you through the menu and point out ingredients, preparation methods, or substitutions.

Half now and half later. Is the serving size too large? Try to save half of your food for another time.

Sauce and toppings on the side. When in doubt, ask for dressings and sauces on the side. You’ll control how much you add to your food.

Look for these generally healthier terms and items on the menu the next time you order takeout or delivery:

  • Skinless chicken, fish or seafood, and lean unprocessed meat
  • Nuts and legumes such as black beans
  • Whole-grain bread, rice (“brown rice”) and pasta
  • Broth-based soups with lots of vegetables
  • Grilled, sautéed, roasted, steamed, baked or poached
  • Cooked vegetables or salad as sides
  • Guacamole, pico de gallo
  • Flavored with herbs, spices and/or vinegar
  • A la carte for smaller portions
  • Healthy or light menu options
  • Fresh fruits and fruit-based desserts
  • Water, unsweetened tea and coffee

Use these tips to order with confidence, and remember to wash your hands before eating.