Ordering in for dinner tonight? You might want to pick up the phone to place your order before you click "Place Order" on that website. A recent study conducted by Ryan McDevitt, a professor from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, found that customers who ordered pizzas on the internet made much more calorie laden choices--sometimes quadrupling their bacon and piling on toppings sky-high--compared to those that ordered on the phone or in person.
But ordering online doesn't have to send your healthy diet out to cyberspace never to be seen again. In fact, according to the folks at GrubHub.com, a nationwide online ordering platform, this may be the year of healthier takeout. Their research found that what are considered to be "healthy orders" have spiked nationwide by approximately 10 percent in the first three weeks of 2013, with no current signs of a downturn.
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Perhaps this is because GrubHub and other online and mobile ordering services such as seamless.com and delivery.com offer fresh, awesome features to help keep your order on the lighter side of things. To keep whole grains and veggies in your takeout box and high-fat sides and sauces out, try using these tools next time your scanning your meal options:
Refine results. Utilize filters to narrow down your preferences and search for restaurants serving "Low Fat," "Low Carb," "Vegetarian," or "Healthy" menu items.
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Be exact. Know precisely what you are looking for? Type the menu item name, such as "quinoa," into the search box. All available restaurants whom offer the dish will show up in the search results, with matching items identified at the top of the restaurant's menu.
Customize your order. For an added level of control, utilize the special instructions box to clarify preparation instructions. For example, diners can ask the restaurant to put the "dressing on the side" or "hold the mayo." We can't guarantee they'll listen, but hey, at least you tried!
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