Nine Personal Trainer Approved Takeaways That You Should Order Tonight

All the taste and none of the guilt!

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There's generally at least one day of the week when you just don't have the time or energy to cook dinner!

While there are plenty of takeaway options, many can often be more hassle than they're worth as they undo all of the great work you've put in at the gym during the week.

Worry not, dear reader, as we feel your pain and we've finally solved the problem.

We enlisted the help of personal trainer Cathal Fleming of The Lab Fitness to choose nine tasty dishes that give you all the enjoyment of a takeaway - while still staying on the healthy(ish) bandwagon.

So, is it really possible to eat takeaway and maintain a balanced diet?

Yes, according to Cathal, who recommends avoiding dishes that feature "deep fried" or "crispy skin" in the description. Instead, he recommends choosing seafood and stirfry dishes. 

In many cases, the sauce is likely to contain the majority of the calories so sauce-free dishes like tandoor-cooked chicken are ideal. 

Definitely avoid butter or cream-based dishes if you're trying to eat healthy and why not boil rice at home to save money and calories? 

Forget ordering soft drinks with your meal, opt for some water instead.

Any suggestions?

Funny you asked - here are nine dishes that Cathal has given the thumbs-up!

The Flashover Pizza - Firehouse Pizza

It's difficult to eat healthy with pizza but go thin base (saves calories), go easy on the cheese (ask for low-fat options or no cheese - add yourself at home) and cut down on sausage/pepperoni (high fat content). 

No need for dips or sauces! If you're feeling particularly virtuous, go for the Chicken Caesar Salad.

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Saba Boom!! (Prawn Or Chicken) - Saba

This is a fiery stir-fry with red curry paste, bird's eye chillies, string beans, peppers, baby corn, fresh peppercorn & galangal root. The best bit? It's under 400cals.

Goan Hunter's Chicken Curry - Bombay Pantry

We love a good curry and this one has chicken, kale, sweet potato, broccoli, coconut milk and a handmade green chilli ginger paste. Nom!

Chef's Selection - Ichiman

New to sushi? Sashimi is raw fish, roll/maki is fish and rice and Nigiri is rice with fish on top. This 12-piece selection is a super healthy choice. Well done you!

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Burrito Bowl - Tolteca

Get a bowl - all the fillings, without the tortilla, which can be 300 calories alone. Chicken packs massive flavour and is the leanest meat on the menu. If you're looking to cut more carbs, leave out the rice and just go for meat, peppers, salsa, lettuce and beans. 

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O'Falafel Salad - O'Falafel

As with Tolteca, the majority of the calories come with the wrap so if you're looking to save your calories, then avoid it where you can. 

Ask for some sheets of lettuce to make your own, low-cal "wrap". Often, places are happy to supply free of charge - just add it to the comments when placing your order!

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Farm Irish Crab Cakes - Farm Restaurant

Fish cakes are so so tasty. These ones have brown crab, baby potato, spring onion, lime and coriander served with homemade organic chilli jam. 

Half Smoked Chicken With Two Sides - Pitt Bros.

Opt for corn on the cob and house slaw for a really tasty and satisfying dinner!

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Teppan Tuna Teriyaki - Zakura

Stir-fried seasonal vegetables topped with grilled tuna steak, garnished with teriyaki sauce and sesame seeds, served with a bowl of Japanese rice. How do you say no to that?

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Post Workout Salad - Pog Dublin

If you need your protein and carbs after a heavy sesh at the gym, try this spinach, chicken, roasted sweet potato, red onion, peppers, sweetcorn and honey mustard dressing combo.

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Written By

Marie Madden

Marie recently took over as Editor of Lovin Dublin. Having entered the 'this place is too loud' phase of her life, she spends her weekends on a quest to find the perfect bottle of red wine and rates coleslaw as one of the great evils in the world.

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