Explore the Orient the Healthy Way

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Among the other foods to avoid - anything tempura; battered and fried dishes such as General Tso's chicken and sweet and sour pork; any dishes with coconut milk; sweet and sour sauce; and salads with fried or crispy noodles. Healthy alternatives include egg drop, miso, wonton or hot and sour soup, stir-fries such as shrimp chow mein, steamed brown rice, edamame, cucumber salad and stir-fried veggies. Steamed vegetable dumplings are also a healthy way to start off the meal. Order main entrees that feature vegetables as a staple -- for example, beef with broccoli or chicken with vegetables. Last but not least, chop to it. Use those chopsticks - you'll eat slower and one piece at a time.