Long days at the office (or even just a late finish) often leaves you tempted to get takeaway on your way home.
While there are many healthy options to choose from (such as the delicious Mexican salad by Gomez and Guzman below) there are substantially more unhealthy takeaway options which are cheaper and often more convenient. This can make it really hard to make the right choice, particularly when you're tired and hungry.
How unhealthy is takeaway really though? Well that is similar to asking how long a piece of string is.
There are great takeaway options that offer delicious healthy meals with only clean ingredients and there are those laden with nasty ingredients like msg, vegetable oils, excessive amounts of salt, trans fats, sugar or high fructose corn syrup, chemicals and colours.
Even your favorite curry may have sugar, the synthetic (and quite toxic) color yellow or sunflower oil added to it. We are often none the wiser until the weight creeps up and/or fatigue sets in.
But there are plenty of healthy options that we can pick up from our local supermarket which are cheap, quick, easy and much more healthy. Helping us to stay in control of our health, weight and energy.
Take tonight.. After an 8pm finish with a 30 min walk home, and a 730am start tomorrow, I was ever so briefly tempted to stop and buy dinner. I could choose a healthy takeaway option like Grilld but this may still leave me eating ingredients that I wouldn't choose myself when cooking tonight such as bread or fried potato/sweet potato chips.
This is a healthy takeaway option which I'm so glad exists for when I want to indulge, but not necessarily a meal suited to someone who's spent the whole day seated at a computer.
Instead I took the next best thing to takeaway which is a substantially healthier option.. Precooked salmon fillets and broccolini.
I threw the whole bunch of broccolini in the pan with some water while taking a shower and then served with salmon, all dressed in olive oil, a little Himalayan rock salt and plenty of chili.
Hardly any effort, no time at all but a healthy and satisfying meal that meets my preferred taste - just enough flavor, just enough crunch, just enough oil, more than enough nutrients.
Of course cooking the salmon myself from scratch would be better again but tonight I felt like giving myself a little break.
Note: Be sure to check the ingredients state only what had an actual place in the meal. For example in my fillets pictured here there was salmon, salt, pepper. If there were any chemical names which is couldn't pronounce, any added oils or any sugar then this would have been off the menu.
Don't forget these simple meals. Eating healthy isn't all acai bowls and turmeric lattes. It's also meat and salad, fish with veggies, lentils with brown rice, eggs and avocado.
I'm doing the best I can right now to represent healthy eating at its least fancy on my Instagram page to show how a healthy, everyday routine can be simple and achievable for us all.
Something as simple as eggs every day for breakfast can really change your life.
Ok that's enough talk about work for today, I'm off to bed for an early night with a good book.
Until next time, stay deliciously healthy.