|To stay with our Olympian theme the Cuisine of the Day is Chinese: |
Article By: Leslie Fink, MS, RD
Adopt a true Chinese diet, and you'll hit your daily POINTS® Target with ease: Make vegetables the prominent food on your plate, and include a small portion of steamed rice and a few ounces of protein.
Best bets when eating at a Chinese restaurant are stir-fried or steamed dishes with the sauce on the side. Watch out for anything crispy or fried, like General Tso's chicken or orange beef. And because dish names don't often indicate that they're deep fried, make sure to ask.
Noodle dishes should make you think twice—they may be swimming in oil—but dig right into steamed dumplings and hot and sour soup. Then top your meal off with a fortune cookie, a bargain sweet at just a POINTS value of 2 for one.
Wise Choices POINTS Value
Egg drop soup, 1 cup 1
Fortune cookie 2
Hot and sour soup, 1 cup 2
Steamed white rice, 1/2 cup 2
Broccoli stir-fry, 1 cup 3
Beef and broccoli, 1 cup 4
Chicken egg foo yung 4
Chinese vegetables with tofu, 1 cup 4
Steamed shrimp dumplings, 4 4
Boiled wontons, 6 5
Not-So-Wise Choices POINTS Value
Kung Pao beef, 1 cup 10
Beef or pork fried dumplings, 4 6
Orange-ginger beef, 1 cup 11
Sweet and sour pork, 1 cup 12
General Tso's chicken, 1 cup 15