Whether you are on a diet or not, these days we're often considering how we can eat more healthy - especially when dining-out. The good news is that with our menu packed full of flavour, you can make simple choices/swaps that tick the "good" box as well as the "delicious" one too!
Don’t feel too bad about the poppadoms
Each poppadom contains around just 65 calories and with a raita side (cucumber yoghurt dip) to dip/top them with is a good choice over bhaji's or samosas.
Choose a vegetable “side” as your starter
Aloo Gobi is a classic vegetarian Indian dish with vegetables like cauliflower, basil leaves, onion and a hearty helping of turmeric.
These vegetable really help you feel full on few calories as aren’t as “energy dense” as refined grains and sugary foods and will fill you up in the same way, without loading on the calories.
Also... Choose Slimming World super-free ingredients in your choices
With spinach and onions being on the “super-free” list on Slimming World go for those containing these.
Go Tandoori over traditional curry
Tandoori items are made in a traditional clay oven called a tandoor. Because of the method of cooking, the dishes are nice and lean and its marinated spices and yoghurt, with ginger and garlic adds lots of additional flavour, without the calories charge of richer sauces.
The cooking method also helps the meat retain its vitamins. Chicken is very rich in various vitamins including vitamin B3, B5, B6, and a whole lot more. But even if you choose lamb or King Prawn, the spices and the vegetables used to make it extra special are also rich in vitamins and nutrients including vitamin C, potassium and irron.
And if an Indian doesn’t feel with without a proper curry, choose the dryer options such as bhuna, karahi or rogan josh - these don’t have a creamy sauce.
Be plain with your rice
Without a doubt the best accompaniment for curry is plain boiled rice, which contains around 370 calories per portion. Pilau rice has oil added to it and with 650 calories in a portion it’s best to give it a miss.
Choose a side dish with chickpeas or lentils
Chana Masala is chickpea-based spicy fare bursting with flavour. Unlike grains which are carb-rich, chickpeas they score much lower down the glycemic index so are absorbed by the body much faster.
Daal is also good (with its lentil content) and paneer cheese is a great low-fat ingredient (similar to cottage cheese)
Go Roti or choose Chapati as your bread choice
Whilst bread is always a challenge when “being good” - roti is a whole wheat version of naan bread, so is easier to digest and more nutritious because of its healthier grain base.
Chapati's are also made from wheat flour and don't contain any fat, another good ideal alternative to nan breads.
And finally… walk it off!
Taking a 10-20 minute brisk walk after a meal not only helps your body deal with a big dinner easier (and burn a few calories off whilst you do it!), it also saves you a few quid on a taxi. Bring big coats and an umbrella just in case - we’ll happily store them for you whilst you enjoy your meal in the restaurant.
Take a look at our full menu here
Book online for dinner (from 5.30pm) here
Order online for collection (from 5.30pm) here
Or give us a call on 01634 261100 to book, order or discuss any specific requirements.
Spice Fusion - Deanwood Drive, Parkwood, Rainham, Kent. ME8 9LH
OPEN FROM 5.30pm EVERY EVENING - RESTAURANT, BAR & TAKE-HOME