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The healthiest options at Bill’s

The healthiest options at Bill’s

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.

Bill’s is a popular chain restaurant, that serves a wide range of European dishes to suit different tastes. With so many options on the menu, it can be tricky to know what to choose, especially if you’re trying to stick to your healthy lifestyle. 

Eating out is often a much anticipated treat, especially after a year in lockdown. It’s perfectly ok to choose a more indulgent option if you want to. 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 (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).

Order without adjustments

These options can be ordered as-is and enjoyed as part of a healthy diet. 

Breakfast

  • Raspberry and blueberry smoothie bowl (v)

Starters

  • Giant green olives (v)
  • Bill’s sharing plate
  • Veggie sharing plate (v)
  • Mini cumberland sausages 
  • Devilled chicken skewers

Order with a few adjustments

These options can be slightly adjusted to be healthier:

Breakfast

  • Bill’s brunch

Swap the toast and fried potatoes for extra tomatoes, mushrooms, or avocado to keep this meal lower carb 

  • Smashed avocado on toast with bacon or smoked salmon

Swap the toast for a side of long stem broccoli to keep this meal lower carb

  • Scrambled eggs on toast with bacon or smoked salmon

Swap the toast for a side of long stem broccoli to keep this meal 

  • Traditional Breakfast

Swap the toast for extra tomatoes or mushrooms to keep this meal lower carb

  • Garden breakfast (v)

Swap the toast for extra vegetables to keep this meal lower carb

  • Vegan breakfast (v)

Swap the toast for extra vegetables or poached eggs to keep this meal lower carb

Starters

  • Carrot, lentil, and cumin soup (v)

Skip the bread to keep this meal lower carb

  • Halloumi and hummus plate (v)

Skip the focaccia bread to keep this meal lower carb

Mains

  • Bill’s Chicken Caesar

Swap to chargrilled chicken

  • Pan-fried sea bass

Swap the potato rosti for a side of long stem broccoli or salad to keep this meal lower carb

  • Steak and eggs

Swap the fries for a side of long stem broccoli or salad to keep this meal lower carb

  • 8oz sirloin 

Swap the fries for a side of long stem broccoli or salad to keep this meal lower carb

  • Slow-cooked beef rib

Swap the mashed potatoes for a side of long stem broccoli or salad to keep this meal lower carb

  • Mojo marinated chicken skewers

Swap the rice, grains, and flatbread for extra salad to keep this meal lower carb

  • Grilled miso salmon 

Swap the coconut rice for extra vegetables or a side of long stem broccoli to keep this meal lower carb

  • Crab cakes

Swap the sourdough bread for extra vegetables or a side of long stem broccoli to keep this meal lower carb

  • Halloumi and avocado burger (v)

Skip the burger bun and swap the fries for a side of long stem broccoli to keep this meal lower carb

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Enjoy occasionally 

These are more indulgent options that can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet, just less often:

Breakfast

  • Buttermilk pancakes (v)
  • Eggs royale
  • Eggs benedict 
  • Eggs avocado florentine
  • Porridge

Note: Porridge is a healthy, filling breakfast option but is typically high in carbohydrates so may not be suitable for everyone, especially if you’re following a lower-carb diet.

Starters

  • Crispy chicken and sesame dumplings
  • Crispy calamari
  • Tuna tacos
  • King prawns and nduja on toast
  • Halloumi fries (v)
  • Truffalos (v)

Mains 

  • Bill’s fish pie
  • Bill’s classic burger
  • Beetroot wellington (v)

Pressed juices

Although fruit juice might seem like a healthy option, it contains very high amounts of sugar and isn’t suitable for a lower-carb lifestyle. One small glass of orange juice, for example, has the same amount of sugar as a glass of Coca-cola.  

Desserts

If you fancy a dessert, it is completely fine to enjoy one occasionally. Consider sharing one with your company or, if you do choose to indulge, enjoy mindfully! 

When eating out, it’s important to be mindful of your portion size and check in with your hunger cues. Restaurant portions are often much larger than we would eat at home so don’t feel pressured to eat everything. You can always take leftovers home in a doggy bag for lunch or dinner the following day.

 

Take home message

  • There’s so many options to choose from when eating at Bill’s, some more healthy than others
  • Lower carb diets have been shown to be the most effective for weight loss
  • If you want to indulge, enjoy your meal out without guilt and aim to eat healthy meals the next day
  • If you’re looking for a healthy meal, there are a number of healthy, lower-carb options you can choose from

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