A healthy lunch you pack yourself and bring from home is best for you – and your pocket. But it also requires a degree of organisation and pre-planning that often is beyond South African cubicle dwellers.
So the takeaway lunch remains a go-to option for many of us with busy lives and empty fridges.
Business Insider South Africa spoke to nutritionists to find out which takeaways are relatively healthy, and would help your productivity through the rest of the day.
To sustain your energy levels, your lunch should preferably have three elements: a lean protein, complex carbohydrate and vegetables or salad (which should take up half the plate), says Gabi Lasker, a dietician based in Sea Point.
This is a great fast food choice, says Abby Courtenay, spokesperson for the Association for Dietetics South Africa (ADSA).
"You can have sushi takeaways with six to eight rice piecs and go easy on the mayo, soya and wasabi are perfect," says Lasker.
Lasker suggests going for a small portion and go for a brown rice base.
But don't just throw your dressing over, use a fork to drizzle it a little, says Lasker.
But remember that ordering a smoothie with your meal will add at least 829 kJ (Strawberry Stinger) to 2,145 kJ (Peanut Butter Bomb) to your intake.
The chips can be replaced with medium rice or a salad. You can also try ordering the same at Something Fishy.
Hold the dressing.
You can also design your own salad if you wish.
The livers come with parmesan shavings, oven roasted tomatoes with crumbled croutons.