Avoid the Calories from Your Favorite Chain Restaurants

Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by HylaryL

I think we can all agree that some of the best, most flavorful food in the world originates from the multitude of cuisines found in Asia and its surrounding islands. From Chinese to Japanese to Thai food and more, the list goes on and on of delicious culinary treasures that anyone regardless of their nationality or ethnicity can enjoy.

The only problem? Though generally quite healthy in its original preparation, in America, a lot of Asian cuisine is seriously high in calories, fat, salt and more. One order of combination Lo Mein at P.F. Chang’s has 1041 calories with 42 grams of fat and 4239 grams of sodium! That’s like eating two Big Macs! One order of Spicy Cashew Chicken at the Cheesecake Factory has 1810 calories with 23 grams of fat and 4450 grams of sodium. That’s like eating nine Krispy Kreme doughnuts!

So what can you do if you love to eat Asian cuisine, but don’t want to break the nutrition bank? Why not try making your own, healthy version of some of your favorite dishes at home! Not sure where to start? The Santa Clara County Library District has loads of cookbooks that can set you on the course to an Asian-inspired meal that is both delicious and good for you. Check out the list below and reserve your copy of one of these books from your local Santa Clara County Library District branch today!

The Steamy Kitchen's Healthy Asian Favorites

The Steamy Kitchen's Healthy Asian Favorites (2013)
by Jaden Hair

Blogger Jaden Hair teaches homecooks how to stock their pantries with healthy ingredients to make delicious and nutritious Asian cuisine in this colorfully photographed book. Full of recipes from China, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam, you are sure to find something in here that will get your mouth watering without making the rest of your body worried!

Asian Flavors Diabetes Cookbook

Asian Flavors Diabetes Cookbook (2012)
by Corinne Trang

Dubbed "the Julia Child of Asian cuisine," author Corinne Trang offers loads of delicious recipes that offer both flavor and nutrition and are specifically designed for people with diabetes. Spice up your kitchen with food from Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Southeast Asian cuisine that is sure to leave you wanting seconds!

Simple Asian Meals

Simple Asian Meals (2012)
by Nina Simonds

Including over one hundred easy-to-make recipes, this book teaches you how to use fresh, healthy, seasonal ingredients to make delicious meals...most of which can be cooked in one pot! Also included are tips on storing or freezing food, and how to stock your pantry.

The Gluten-free Asian Kitchen

The Gluten-free Asian Kitchen (2011)
by Laura B. Russell

Both healthy and allergy-friendly, this cookbook shows how to transform Asian favorites like pot stickers or soba noodles, into their gluten-free counterparts! Don't