Hey, look, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about.
Be it from the dog-eared menu stuck to your fridge or the faithful Deliveroo app, ordering in once in a while needn’t be a dirty little secret. We know that nonstop smoothies can get boring. We know mouthful after mouthful of kale can get dull. And we know that cooking up a healthy dinner for yourself every single night isn’t always possible. And when that becomes the case, there’ll always be a man on a moped ready and willing to make sure you don’t go to bed on an empty stomach. Thank that man. Tip him well.
What’s more, the last person you should be hiding your guilty pleasure from is your personal trainer. Why? Because they’re doing exactly the same, what with their long and exhausting schedules eating into their cooking time. And here’s the proof.
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We grilled ten super-healthy personal trainers for their go-to takeaway dinners, from new vegan options to healthy alternatives to ordering smart. So get ready to take delivery of a new approach to ordering in.
Kaya Cansfield, Psycle London Ride Instructor
“Cook Daily, a small vegan restaurant in Shoreditch. Honestly, I get food from them about four times a week. I’d recommend ordering Yoga Fire, Le Garden or High Grade – the last one is stir-fry veggies with hemp oil in a smoky sweet-and-sour BBQ sauce. It’s unreal.”
Mark Crowhurst, Spin And T3 instructor At TRAINFITNESS
“Without a doubt, a curry. If I’m really on a blow-out I’ll go for butter chicken, but if I want to keep things slightly under control I choose tandoori items from the clay oven. That way, I can avoid the heavy sauces.”
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Dan Lambert, Maximuscle Personal Trainer
“Domino’s! Pizza is the food of the gods. Being a fitness professional doesn’t mean having to miss out on awful Saturday night TV and a food coma. It’s all about the balance – I’ll make sure my other meals that day are low in fat and carbs and earn each slice with an intense workout. You don’t want to feel guilty for eating the things you love. Just make sure they’re not interrupting your progress.”
Leo Savage, Trainer At Third Space
“I’m straight on Deliveroo and onto Byron Burger. My wheat intolerance means I can’t eat burger buns, but they have the option of going ‘naked’ – without bread. I double up on the beef patty and add cheese and sweet potatoes on the side. It’s a solid meal.”
Daniel Puddick, Personal Trainer And Founder Of Sundried Activewear
“I love savoury, salty and carby foods, and Chinese ticks all the boxes. From the right restaurant it can be so filling and my local place does an amazing crispy duck dish. I don’t try to pretend it’s healthy in any way, so my wife and I limit ourselves to one takeaway a month – especially since our kids need a healthy diet.”
Olu Adepitan, Fitness Manager At BXR London
“I love Indian food and I’ll always order a king prawn dish. They’re a much better source of protein and much lower in saturated fats than the red meat choices on the menu.”
Joe Spraggan, Head Trainer At F45 Farringdon
“Nando’s grilled chicken with sides of spicy rice and macho peas is my usual. It goes to show that a takeaway needn’t be full of unwanted fats and calories – if you approach the menu with the aim of sticking to simple ingredients and unprocessed foods.”
Richard Tidmarsh, Strength And Conditioning Coach And Founder Of Reach Fitness
“Deliveroo means I can get food delivered from some of my favourite restaurants and near me is a great place called Ben’s Canteen. I’ll often order a chicken and avocado salad – plus their Epic Scotch Egg – if I’ve got nothing in the fridge, or if I’m in a rush and need something good to eat.”
Andy Vincent, Elite Trainer At Third Space
“I always go for tandoori chicken – there’s no sauce, it’s just spiced and baked – with a vegetable curry to get my greens, and one rice to share. No naans, but I do like a poppadom. I’m not a fan of curry sauces – you never really know what’s in them, and they can be loaded with loads of heated oils and poor-quality fats.”
Miles Casey, Trainer At Barry’s Bootcamp London
“Chipotle steak and chicken burrito. Loads of meat – protein takes priority – but with sour cream, cheese… you get the idea. I’m Chipotle till I die. Chipotle for life. Chipotle beats all.”