How can I eat a low-sodium meal when ordering Chinese take-out?
- Anonymous Reader
There are some days when we all don’t feel like cooking but also don’t feel like eating in a restaurant—preferring instead to enjoy our freshly prepared food in the comfort of our own homes with our sweatpants on! It’s OK to do that—especially because you can still stick to a healthy and low sodium diet, even when ordering from a Chinese restaurant.
For some general healthy dining strategies to use when ordering at Chinese restaurants, use these tips
from a recent Ask the RD post. With regards to sodium, keep these tips in mind:
Sauces—like soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, black bean and garlic sauce—are often a huge source of sodium in Chinese dishes. To reduce the sodium, ask for low sodium versions (if available) and/or request less sauce to be used in the preparation of your meal.
Soups can also be high in sodium. Rather than soup, choose a veggie-filled appetizer, like spring rolls, lettuce wraps, or steamed dumplings, to minimize sodium intake.
Stick to steamed options rather than fried options to keep sodium levels down.
Never hesitate to request no added salt in the preparation of your meal—this can make a huge difference in a meal’s sodium content!
Enjoy these Healthy Dining and Sodium Savvy options found at Chinese Restaurants across the country, or search for more Healthy Dining options on HealthyDiningFinder.com:
Chicken Fried Rice (Half Order) at City Wok
(570 calories, 19 g fat)
Located in Southern CA, DC
Szechuan Beef (Serves 2) at Imperial Dynasty
(350 calories, 20 g fat, 290 mg sodium)
Located in Longwood, FL
Spicy General Fu with Chicken & Brown Rice at Mama Fu’s Asian House
(640 calories, 8 g fat, 740 mg sodium)
Located in AR, FL, NC, OH, TX
Stir-fried Shrimp with Asparagus at Peking Chef
(675 calories, 26 g fat, 720 mg sodium)
Located in Dallas, PA
Seasonal Vegetables in Sweet & Sour Sauce at Veggie Lovers
(200 calories, 8 g fat, 55 mg sodium)
Located in Philadelphia, PA