When you think of healthy food, Chinese cuisine may not be the first thing that pops into your head… but perhaps it should be! Chinese food is prepared with the intention of increasing health benefits, which is why it’s often cooked with polyunsaturated oils and features many dishes brimming with steamed vegetables. Authentic Chinese food is also usually completely free of fattening milk-based ingredients like butter, cream, or cheese which are so abundant in other cuisines like Mexican and Italian.
The most authentic Chinese cuisine rarely uses red meat, instead opting for leaner proteins like poultry and fish. There are also a lot of vegetarian options since Chinese food is very veggie-centric, and you may be able to find tofu as a meat substitute if you’re looking for more protein. When looking to order something healthy on your local Chinese restaurant’s menu, you may want avoid the deep-fried dishes like Sesame Chicken or Sweet and Sour Pork, opting instead for stir-fry dishes since they tend to feature lots of vegetables and the meat stays far away from the deep fryer.
Most restaurants in America love to give you the most bang for your buck, so you can expect gigantic proportions of whichever dish you choose. Since portion control is important when watching your weight, chopsticks are a great tool to help you pace yourself. Eating with chopsticks slows down consumption, since you’re getting smaller bites with chopsticks versus using a fork. It’s important to eat slowly so your body’s satiety signals have time to let your brain now that you’re full. So next time you dine at a Chinese restaurant or order take out, be sure to ask for chopsticks!
At Szechuan House, you can find healthy dishes all over our extensive menu! For example, one of our popular menu items is our Szechuan Hot Pot. Hot Pot is a soup meal made with vegetables, noodles, tofu, and your choice of meat. Soups are a healthy choice because they also promote satiety. If you plan on ordering a non-broth based entree, you can order a cup of soup as a starter to your meal to help keep your appetite in check as well.
Cultures that consume spicy foods are generally considered to be healthier and live longer than those that don’t. A 2015 study of over a half million Chinese people found that those who consumed spicy foods six times a week had a 14% lower risk of premature death as well as a lower risk of cancer and heart and resp
iratory diseases. At Szechuan House, you’ll find no shortage of spicy foods on our menu!
If you’re looking for the delicious spice and abundant health benefits of Chinese cuisine from the Sichuan province, stop by Szechuan House any day of the week! We look forward to serving you!