One industry that has certainly thrived during the last year has been the fast food industry, with takeaways being the main source of entertainment for people in lockdown looking to celebrate or have a fun night with family.
It is of little surprise then that the nation is beginning to look at the scales and wonder if perhaps takeaways should be scrapped for the next few months or so. But rather than avoiding amazing tasting foods why not look for healthier alternatives?
Enter the fake-away, a fake version of a takeaway that is often healthier and higher in protein. In this article, we will be taking a look at five of the best fake-away meals available.
Benefits of Switching to Fake-Aways
While we all love the occasional takeaway, we don’t love the look of our bank accounts or our waistlines when we have them too often. Takeaways and fast food in general are high in calories, they can be low in nutrients, and once you’ve included all of the delivery fees, they can actually be surprisingly expensive.
But living off kale smoothies and chicken breasts is no fun and trying to eat “clean” for too long will drive most people insane.
A balance needs to be created. There are several ways to do this. You can reduce the number of takeaways you have (a solid move), edit your usual orders to find takeaway options that are lower in calories (avoid ordering the starters when ordering a curry for example). Or you can learn how to cook your own, slightly healthier, version of your favourite meals.
Doing all three things will lead to a healthier lifestyle overall, while you still get to enjoy the occasional takeaway without worrying about weight gain.
In this article, we are looking at five fake-away replacements for the nation’s favourite takeaway options (pizza, kebabs, fried chicken, curry, and McDonalds). We are not promising that they will taste identical, but they are healthier, delicious, and will save you money in the long run.
Fake-Away #1 Pizza
Pizza is a classic takeaway option, tastes amazing, easy to eat, and usually cheap to buy. But pizza has changed a lot recently. Whereas a traditional pizza made in Naples was a medium-calorie meal, most American-style pizzas are laden with calories.
There are lots of Fake-away versions of pizza out there, but we thought we’d showcase the “Dominos Fakeaway Pepperoni Passion Pizza” made by Pinch of Nom. It’s high in protein (25g per serving) and relatively low in calories (358) compared to an actual Dominos pizza.
- Fake-Away Calories = 358
- Regular Calories = 643 (based on 3 slices of a medium Americano)
- Saving = 285 calories
Fake-Away #2 Kebab
What we love about this option, is that it is actually much closer to a traditional kebab than the food you get from a takeaway! This recipe comes from Tesco Real Food, and it is just 384 calories per serving.
The recipe is a chicken shish kebab, it uses low-fat natural yoghurt, chicken breast, pitta bread, salad ingredients and some herbs and spices.
Interestingly, if you ordered a regular chicken shish kebab from a takeaway you probably wouldn’t get much different. Maybe around 500-600 calories or so. But if you ordered a doner kebab you’re looking at 2,000 calories!
- Fake-Away Calories = 384
- Regular Calories = 550 (average) for chicken shish
- Saving = 166
Fake-Away #3 Fried Chicken
Chicken shops are ubiquitous in UK high streets, and there is a good reason why. They are amazing! Cheap, great tasting food, and open at ridiculously late times for the post-pub crowd. But they are seriously high in calories!
We’re going with Pinch of Nom again, as their Fake-away version of KFC is both delicious, and they have all the calories laid out (which makes our lives easier).
According to nutritioncharts.com a piece of KFC chicken breast contains 350 calories, a portion of fries contains 320 calories, and coleslaw contains 170 calories. 840 calories in total for one piece of chicken, fries, and coleslaw.
Pinch of Nom offer a piece of chicken breast for 255 calories, their coleslaw is 80 calories, and they offer sweet potato fries for 215 calories. 520 calories in total. This is still a lot, but you could of course cut down on the portion sizes. Or just have a treat that is 320 calories fewer than a regular KFC meal.
- Fake-Away Calories = 520
- Regular Calories = 840
- Saving = 320
Fake-Away #4 Curry
Chicken Tikka Masala may not be a traditional Indian dish, but it is the most popular curry in Britain, and is a takeaway staple. Sadly, it can be ridiculously high in calories. According to the Huffington Post, a chicken tikka masala can contain 680 calories, with a further 280 calories coming with that side of rice you ordered. 960 calories!
This recipe from BBC Good Food delivers you a superb chicken tikka masala recipe that contains just 345 calories, add the 200 calories of plain boiled rice (different to pilau rice mentioned above) and you have got a 545 calorie meal that tastes great and is a lot more gentle on the waist.
- Fake-Away Calories = 545
- Regular Calories = 960
- Saving = 415
Fake-Away #5 McDonald’s Sausage McMuffin
This last recipe isn’t much lower in calories than the original, but it does contain twice the protein! The fact is that the McDonald’s Sausage McMuffin is surprisingly low in calories, just 383 calories. Sure, that is quite a lot, but compared to a Big Mac (563) it’s not that much.
This Fake-Away recipe comes from Latoyah, who runs Sugar Pink Food. It’s a great recipe and contains 30g of protein per serving (compared to 15 for a traditional sausage McMuffin).
- Fake-Away Calories = 311
- Regular Calories = 383
- Saving = 72