Eating out with friends and family when you are trying to stick to a diet can be very difficult.
Even those on a weight loss diet should have the opportunity to treat themselves every now and again.
You can still enjoy food out without throwing your weight loss diet out the window.
An expert dietitian has revealed how to make the healthiest option at Nando’s.
George Hamlyn-Williams, principal dietitian at The Hospital has analysed menus across ten of the UK’s most popular chain restaurants.
“This dish is a great source of protein and has the lowest fat, lowest calories, and, especially important, the lowest saturated fat”
George Hamlyn-Williams – Principal dietitian at The Hospital
George has pinpointed the “healthiest” meal at Nando’s after considering a range of criteria.
He selected the meal which was low in calories and fat content but had high nutritional value.
If you’re trying to stick to a diet while eating at Nando’s, this should be your order:
A grilled chicken breast in pitta with a side of chargrilled vegetables and mixed leaf salad, said George.
This meal adds up to an impressive 401 calories, and includes 36g of protein, and only 1.5g of saturated fat.
The dietician said by selecting these sides you are saving the 745 calories which Peri-Peri chips and coleslaw would add.
This meal also has a valuable source of fibre which “helps maintain a healthy digestive system and a range of vitamins and minerals for optimal health”.
George commented further about the healthiest option to Daily Star Online:
“This dish is a great source of protein and has the lowest fat, lowest calories, and, especially important, the lowest saturated fat.
“Pitta is a healthier alternative to traditional bread burger rolls and contains less sodium.
“Opting for chargrilled vegetables and salad over chips saves 630 calories.”
One of the major things to look out for if you’re dining at Nando’s are the sauces, which can be high in sugars and saturated fats.
The dietician continued: “Some Nando’s sauces are high in sugar and saturated fats so try and take note if you’re adding these extras into your meals.
“Mango and Lime has the highest sugar content, while its Extra Hot sauce has the most calories and saturated fat.
“Also be aware of the bottomless drinks if they are not a diet/zero sugar variety or better still – stick to water, therefore avoiding the acidic nature of fizzy drinks which can be detrimental to dental health.”