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.
Pizza Express is a British classic, that caters for a variety of tastes. Although pizza is the signature dish at this chain, there are a number of alternatives that could fit into a healthy eating plan.
It is also completely ok to enjoy a pizza when you really want one. 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 menu and nutritional information of this popular chain 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:
*If you really fancy some pizza but do not want to overindulge, consider trying a Pizza Express Leggera pizza. These pizzas have the middle section cut out and replaced with salad. They are also made from wholemeal flour, instead of white flour, which is higher in fibre and slows digestion. Slower digestion means you are more likely to feel somewhat fuller for longer and your blood sugar levels will not spike as dramatically. Taking the ‘La Reine’ pizza as an example (olives, mushrooms and ham), the Leggera version has almost half the amount of carbohydrate compared with the classic version.
Good article – I never thought of asking the restaurant to swap items ie.dough sticks for extra veg
This is helpful. I always avoid Pizza places because I prefer to eat low carb. Knowing there are a variety of starters I could double up on is great