Eating out 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.
Pret a Manger is a popular coffee and sandwich chain that offers dine-in or take-away options for a quick meal whilst out and about. 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, so 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).
These options can be ordered as-is and enjoyed as part of a healthy diet.
These are more indulgent options that can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet, just less often:
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.
It’s perfectly ok to indulge and enjoy pastries, cakes, and cookies every now and again. If you do choose to indulge, enjoy mindfully! Try to pair these options with something high in protein (e.g. an omelette) to help you stay fuller for longer.