When was the last time you ordered a takeaway?
On those days when you don’t feel like cooking, simply fancy a treat after a long day, or crave your favourite dish but don’t have the ingredients to hand, takeaways can offer a simple, quick and tasty solution.
It’s no surprise that in 2015, a fifth of the UK population ate out, or ordered a takeaway, at least once a week.
What's the issue?
Although takeaways can vary significantly depending on the type of cuisine, the dishes chosen, and the way the food has been cooked or prepared, many are shockingly high in:
- very high in calories and contributes to weight gain
- increases risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD)
- increases blood pressure
- not only provides extra calories but raises blood glucose levels
Having a healthy diet can reduce these risks and improve diabetes management.
Delicious takeaway-style meals from scratch
Knowing what's in your food and reducing intake of sugars, salt and saturated fat can help to achieve good diabetes management.
So, instead of reaching for the phone and ordering a pizza or curry to your door, why not make your own from scratch?
As well as cooking a delicious, fresh meal for your family, you’re also likely to save money and end up with a far healthier option.
Our top DIY takeaway picks
We’ve developed a range of nutritionally-balanced meals that are worth taking a closer look at before searching for that local takeaway menu.
- Fab fish, chips and peas
- Vegetable chow mein
- Southern-style chicken
- Chinese steamed trout
- Saag aloo
- Szechuan chicken
- Doner kebabs
- Veg and bean curry
- Potato pizza
- Goat curry
- Chicken biryani
- Sweet and sour pork