2019-03-29

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How to stay healthy at the UK’s best-loved chain restaurants

Dining out can prove a challenge when you’re watching your waistline. Your head is planning sensible selections and your stomach is craving comfort food and calorific treats.

But there are ways you can indulge at the likes of Nando’s, PizzaExpress, and Frankie & Benny’s without throwing your diet out of the window.

We asked our Principal Dietitian, George Hamlyn-Williams, to pick out the healthiest options from 10 of the UK’s best-loved chain restaurants, based on nutritional value and calories.

Armed with George’s tips, you can feel free to eat wherever your family or friends want knowing you’ll be getting maximum taste while doing minimum damage to your diet.

Cheeky Nando’s

Turns out heading for a ‘cheeky Nando’s’ doesn’t have to be so cheeky at all. In fact, Nando’s Grilled Chicken Breast Pitta option was kinder on the waistline than healthy alternatives at the other nine restaurants on our list, clocking in with just 400 calories.

The lean dish is also low in saturated fat (1.5g per portion), contains 36g of protein and two portions of high-fibre chargrilled vegetables. However, you really need to go easy on the sauce if you want to keep your Nando’s lean and healthy. Nando’s Mango and Lime has the highest sugar content, while its Extra Hot sauce has the most calories and saturated fat.