My last post about eating fast food prompted some discussion on Twitter about finding healthier takeaway options to allow yourself to feel a little less guilty about giving in to fast food.
This then got me thinking about what my alternative options would be – to think beyond pizza, curry or fish and chips which although are delicious, can be laden with fat and calories (although you can still have many of these foods if you choose wisely).
There actually are a few healthy takeaway options (which offer delivery) in Brighton to choose from, many of which are now bookmarked on my phone!
A Lumberjacks branded car parked a couple of streets from my house caught my eye recently as it brands itself as a ‘guilt free takeaway’. They offer lean chicken dishes, chicken burgers and a few veggie wraps, with ‘naked’ options (ie no sauces) or low fat sauces. The sides sound good too: with dishes such as skinny coleslaw, salad and sweet potato chips to choose from.
It’s not clear from the menu if any items are gluten-free; I’ll have to do a bit of investigating. Most dishes are around the £8 mark and sides are about £2 each.
Before ordering, check the delivery area. I can see they don’t cover my area, BN2 (boo!) and only cover some BN1 postcodes. See the Lumberjacks website here.
I absolutely love Mexican food – it’s probably my number one choice for a meal out. It would potentially be my death row food too, I can’t get enough of the stuff!
Mexican street food restaurant La Choza doesn’t deliver direct but will via Deliveroo, a local service which allows you to order takeaways from restaurants that wouldn’t otherwise normally offer delivery. You can’t book a table at La Choza either, so if you really have a hankering for Mexican food one evening and can’t get through the door, give Deliveroo a buzz.
Mexican can be unhealthy if you start with nachos and then choose dishes slathered in sauces and melted cheese, yes. But at La Choza you can get a (gluten-free) burrito bowl which is essentially all the components of a burrito minus the wrap. It’s all about making the right choices.
Depending on the filling you choose, a main can set you back anything between £6.75 and £9.
Check out La Choza’s website.
In Brighton you’re “lucky” enough to receive takeaway and restaurant menus by the handful through the letterbox every day. I normally take a quick glance at them and put them straight in the recycling, but Murasaki’s really caught my eye.
It was recommended by a friend, namely for the Bento boxes which are set meals. The Sushi Bento box, for example, comes with five pieces of nigiri sushi (salmon, tuna, prawn, mackerel and squid), three pieces of vegetable hosomaki, two pieces of futomaki, fishcakes, edamame and pickle, miso soup and a drink for £12.95. Delicious, fresh and so good for you!
Pictured above is the Mixed Bento box.
See the Japanese delights on offer on the takeaway menu here.
Ok so pizza definitely isn’t the most healthy option that springs to mind when we’re talking fast food. But I couldn’t write a post about Brighton’s best takeaways without mentioning Pizzaface. You could share with a friend though, right?
Pizzaface do amazing gluten-free bases and also have a few vegan options which come with dairy-free cheese and fake ‘meats’ such as vegan chorizo, bacon, pepperoni and smoked sausage.
Get a wholegrain spelt base (no extra charge) to share and a side salad, greedy guts.
Pizzas start at £6 and you can get a garden salad for a mere £3.
See the range and more at Pizzaface – make sure you order from the correct premises as they have one in Hove and one in Kemptown.
Moshimo food is fresh, delicious and healthy and it’s another restaurant that’s signed up with delivery service Deliveroo which will charge just £2.50 to get your food to you.
This Japanese restaurant serves takeaway dishes like mixed sushi, miso soup, rice and noodles.
See the Moshimo takeaway menu here.
I know this is the third Japanese restaurant on my list, but I love Pompoko, it’s so cheap and so delicious!
Choose from fresh Japanese curries, rice and noodle dishes or salads and spend under a fiver for the privilege. A miso soup starter costs a tiny £1.20 and a salad will cost just over £4. They offer a collection service or you can use Dinner2go to get it delivered to your door.
Check out Pompoko’s menu here.
Do you have any different healthy takeaway suggestions? Please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to try some more out rather than reaching for the chip shop menu! Help save my waistline!!
Updated images Sept 2016