Aah, food delivery apps.
We’ve come a long, long way from the days of dialling your local pizza joint and having to repeat your order five times while SPEAKING LIKE THIS TO MAKE SURE THEY’VE HEARD YOU, then paying with actual paper money when the delivery guy arrives.
Now, thankfully, you can order from your phone, no vocal chords required, and customize your order until it’s almost nothing like the deep-dish triple-stacked Meat Supreme on the menu.
You’re also no longer relegated to a carby pizza, either. We’re opting for healthier fare, it seems.
“Our statistics show that Asian, healthy foods and sushi top the food delivery lists across all metropoles, painting a pretty healthy picture for South African cities,” says OrderIn founder and CEO, Dinesh Patel.
Here, we’ve rounded up some of the healthiest options to order next when lunch rolls around and you forgot to brown-bag it.
If you want... a salad
There is a way to eat a salad and not feel like you’re munching a compost heap.
Go for orders that are heavy on veg and aren’t all lettuce – it’ll leave you feeling like it’s more of a meal, and the extra veg will keep you fuller for longer.
In Cape Town, get Bowls On Bree
Abundance bowls make everything better, including that new year’s resolution to “eat healthier”.
Pick from raw tuna or salmon with sprouts, slaw, and pickled veg. Lettuce who?
Bowls on Bree is on OrderIn and UberEATS.
In Joburg, get Love Food
Every day you can choose from the lunch of the day option, which tends towards the kilojoule-heavy side, but you can also pick a selection of fresh salads.
Mix them up, eat, and be merry!
Love Food is on UberEATS and OrderIn.
In Durban, get Nü
The salad selection is really good, and you never feel like it’s just a heap of iceberg lettuce and raw, sliced onions.
Get a bowl with quinoa – the added protein and fibre are ace at keeping you satiated until dinner rolls around.
Nü is on OrderIn
If you want... Asian cuisine
Most – I repeat, most – Asian cuisine tends to be healthful because of its natural reliance on vegetables.
But it’s easy to go overboard on the naan and chow mein, so pick a meal without a heavy carb at its base, like glass noodles or brown rice. And to keep the kilojoules even lower, opt for the veg option instead of chicken or beef.
Often, the tofu will give you more than enough protein and keep you full.
In Cape Town, get Wonderful Asian & Sushi
Opt out of the fried meats and instead go for fresh sushi or healthful Thai curries.
In Joburg, get Dong Sheng
Try the Lunchbox, a selection of 17 pieces of sushi. Or even better, order a warm bowl of fragrant, healthy soup.
In Durban, get Kebabish
Indian food is comforting and the spices like turmeric, chilli and ginger are heart-and-waist healthy.
Go for dhal: the lentil curry is super filling and high in protein.
Kebabish is on UberEATS
If you want... something different
In Cape Town, get Hokey Poke
This Hawaiian-inspired joint blends trendy food with wholesome options.
You can build your own meal from a bunch of options. To keep it healthful, go for brown rice, kale slaw or baby leaves as a base.
Hokey Poke is on OrderIn and UberEATS
In Joburg, get Parc Ferme
A little pricey, but a nice spoil for yourself. The French cuisine makes for fine dining at your desk.
Try the crusted seared salmon – it comes with a citrusy side salad. Skip the beurre blanc if you’re watching your kilojoules.
Parc Ferme is on OrderIn
In Durban, get The Falafel Company
Who can deny Greek cuisine? This menu is heavy on the hummus and falafel, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you smash it with a salad.
You can pick create your own bowl from the menu, too.
The Falafel Company is on UberEATS
This article was originally published on Women's Health South Africa.