Menulog partners with nutritionist Dr Joanna McMillan Healthy+ helps you eat takeaway the healthy way
Menulog, Australia’s number one for online and mobile takeaway, launches a world-first – a program to identify the healthiest takeaway options, partnering with prominent nutritionist Dr Joanna McMillan.
Called Healthy+, the program identifies healthy options on takeaway menus across Menulog website-listed restaurants.
Dr Joanna McMillan, one of Australia’s leading nutrition and wellbeing experts, has created guidelines, together with Menulog, that identify wholesome and nutritious selections.
The Healthy+ icon will be visible beside menu items that meet these guidelines, making it quick and easy for Australians to make healthy choices when ordering takeaway.
“Some people don’t think of takeaway as healthy, but that’s not the case,” says Menulog spokesperson Julia Snabl. “This campaign will make it easy to identify the healthiest options offered by our restaurant partners.
Takeaway is a popular choice for busy people – from working professionals, to families and students. We think it’s a wonderful opportunity to help people make great nutritious and delicious choices.”
Dr Joanna McMillan says, “The guidelines we have created for Menulog Healthy+ are to help you select balanced, healthy dishes with a good mix of nutrients. We want everyone to enjoy the pleasure of food and in this campaign, we want to assist in identifying the healthiest options – takeaway you can eat and feel good about.”
Like many Aussies, Joanna describes herself as time poor, ordering takeaway at least once a fortnight.
“I am lucky to have a wealth of knowledge about healthy food, so when I order takeaway, I find it easy to pick out the nutritious, wholesome choices on a takeaway menu. I was keen to work with Menulog to help busy Aussies find these options,” she says.
Guidelines Dr Joanna has created guidelines that detail four key elements every healthy meal should have. Healthy+ selections offer:
- lean protein or those rich in healthy fats such as salmon
- smart carbs that are low-GI
- fibre and nutrient-rich
- good fats.
Most importantly, healthy meals have around half a plate of fresh/cooked vegetables. While main dishes may receive the Healthy+ icon with some of these elements, Dr Joanna recommends a big side serve of vegetables with every dish.
“Half of your dinner plate should be taken up with either cooked or raw vegetables,” she says.
To kick off the program, Dr Joanna has analysed takeaway menus of several Menulog-listed restaurants in each of Australia’s four major cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth), selecting dishes that will receive the first Healthy+ icons. After the launch period, Menulog will invite restaurant owners to put forward menu items for Healthy+ accreditation using Dr Joanna’s guidelines.
Menulog.com.au is Australia’s number one for online and mobile takeaway. With more than 5500 participating restaurants offering more than 130 different cuisines and over 16,000 special offers at any given time, Menulog also offers Australia’s most comprehensive range of meal options on a single platform.
About Dr Joanna McMillan
Dr Joanna is one of the best-known nutrition and wellbeing experts in Australia and director of Dr Joanna and Get Lean. Dr Joanna is a popular media spokesperson and a regular on Nine Network’s Today show. She also makes frequent appearances on ACA and Nine News and is a regular contributor to magazines and online sites including her own website. She has authored a number of books including the internationally published The Low GI Diet, The Low GI Diet Cookbook (Hachette Livre) and Star Foods. In 2010 she won Best Health, Nutrition or Diet Related Book at the Food Media Awards for Inner Health Outer Beauty.