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Conscious Indulgence: Healthy Dishes from a Chinese Takeaway

So, you’re on a health kick, but you’re not in the mood to cook and are craving a takeaway. Many people may think that a takeaway is an indulgence they shouldn’t enjoy when they’re trying to eat healthily, however that’s not necessarily the case - especially with a Chinese takeaway.

In authentic Chinese cuisine, many of the ingredients used in a lot of dishes actually have plentiful benefits for your health, from seafood and broths to ginger and garlic. Read on below as we list some of the healthy, nutritious meals you can enjoy from the Chinese takeaway menu.

Chinese takeaway

1 | King Prawns with Ginger and Spring Onion

Prawns are an excellent source of complete protein, which means that they contain all nine of the amino acids needed by the body to maintain healthy functioning. They also deliver the same amount of protein as red meat or poultry, though contain less calories and have been shown to increase levels of good cholesterol (HDL) whilst reducing levels of bad cholesterol (LDL).

Prawns are also naturally rich in Omega-3s, which are known as healthy fats, as they are especially beneficial to your heart health. As for ginger, this is known for being great for your immune system and digestive health. Ginger is also loaded with antioxidants, which can help your body fight off chronic diseases. Green onions, too, are high in nutritional value, containing many antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for your body.

2. Chicken Noodle Soup

If you’re looking for a healthy dish that is both flavourful and filling, then chicken noodle soup is a great option. Often made with a chicken or bone broth base, chicken noodle soup tends to contain minerals and amino acids that are great for your immune system and reduce inflammation in the body. There is also collagen found in the broth, which can help improve joint health. The chicken itself, of course, is a great source of protein - one which contains lower fat levels than red meat and is easier to digest.

Chicken noodle soup also comes with a number of vegetables, namely carrots, celery and onions - all of which are a great source of vitamins C and K, as well as being rich in a number of other antioxidants and minerals. Overall, chicken noodle soup is not only great for building a healthy immune system, but can also

help your body recover more quickly from illness and break down congestion.

3. Stir Fried Chinese Leaves with Garlic Sauce

Chinese leaf, also known as Chinese or napa cabbage, is packed full with more vitamins and minerals than regular cabbage, along with plenty of fibre - key for healthy digestion. It also contains folic acid, which is needed for healthy red cell growth. As for garlic, this is a powerhouse of an ingredient that is widely recognised for its ability to fight bacteria and viruses, promote a healthy immune system and reduce blood pressure.

This option is also great for those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet.

If you weren’t craving Chinese food before, we’re sure you will be now! If you live in Edinburgh and are looking for local authentic Chinese cuisine, then Jimmy’s Express is the restaurant and takeaway for you.You can place an order for collection or book a table in our restaurant. As for any questions regarding our dishes, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.

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