Question on Chinese Food

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Question from Nadine: Is the only smart choice when ordering chinese food steamed chicken with vegetables?

Answer from Martha: I get asked this question a lot by my clients. Chinese food is one of the most popular cuisines – both for take-out and restaurant dining. Steamed protein and veggies is by far the best choice as it only has 300-350 calories. Add a 1/2 cup of rice for another 100 calories. Compare this to most of the stir-fried dishes for 700-1200 calories – not including the rice.

If you really do not like steamed food (a little boring I know!), you could have 1/2 an order of one of the stir -fry dishes (check out my recent post on Chinese food for more details on calories) for about 400 calories and 1/2 cup of rice for 100 calories. This would total 500 calories which is not too bad. Some Chinese restaurants will make the dish with less oil if you ask (although it will still be fairly high in calories).

Hope this helps!

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