Eating out at restaurants is an enjoyable social experience that you shouldn’t have to miss out on for the sake of your health journey. Many people worry that going to restaurants always means overindulging, however, it is possible to eat healthily when eating out.
Nando’s is a ‘cheeky’ British classic, that caters for a variety of tastes. The food is primarily Portuguese style with peri-peri chicken as the signature dish. It is easy to find options on the menu that fit into a healthy eating plan.
It is completely ok to enjoy chips with your chicken when you really want them. The important thing is that this isn’t a frequent indulgence, and you focus on finding the motivation to get back to your healthy habits afterwards.
Science suggests that a reduced carbohydrate diet is the most effective diet for weight loss. Lower-carb diets are particularly effective for those who struggle with blood glucose control (for e.g. people with type 2 diabetes). On top of this, eating plenty of non-starchy vegetables (e.g. broccoli or peppers), protein (e.g. meat or fish), and healthy fats (e.g. olive oil or nuts) has many health benefits.
To save you time and stress, the registered nutritionists here at Second Nature have gone through the Nando’s menu and nutritional information and picked out some options that generally fit the bill of lower-carb balanced meals. Vegetarian options are marked with a (v).
These options can be ordered-as-is and enjoyed as part of a healthy diet plan:
These options can be slightly adjusted to be healthier:
These are more indulgent options to be enjoyed, just less often: