Restaurants

The healthiest Wagamama options

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.

Wagamama is a popular asian restaurant, that serves a wide range of 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. 

Mains

  • Shu’s ‘shiok’ chicken kororo bowl
  • Naked katsu kororo bowl
  • Teriyaki chicken hiyashi summer bowl
  • Salmon harusame salad summer bowl
  • Teriyaki shredded duck hiyashi summer bowl
  • Avant gard’n summer bowl (v)
  • Tofu harusame salad summer bowl (v)
  • Miso mixed vegetable hiyashi kororo bowl (v)

Sides

  • Edamame with salt or chili (v)
  • Bang bang cauliflower (v)
  • Wok fried greens (v)
  • Miso soup with Japanese pickles (v)
  • Prawn kushiyaki
  • Chicken yakitori

Order with a few adjustments

These options can be slightly adjusted to be healthier:

Mains

  • Grilled duck donburi

Swap the sticky rice for wok fried greens or bang bang cauliflower

  • Teriyaki chicken donburi

Swap the sticky rice for wok fried greens or bang bang cauliflower

  • Teriyaki beef donburi

Swap the sticky rice for wok fried greens or bang bang cauliflower

  • Seared nuoc cham tuna kororo bowl

Swap the quinoa and sweet potato for extra vegetables

  • Raisukaree tofu (v), chicken or prawn 

Swap the rice for wok fried greens or bang bang cauliflower

  • Firecracker tofu (v), chicken or prawn 

Swap the rice for wok fried greens or bang bang cauliflower

Enjoy occasionally 

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

Mains

  • Chicken or Yasai katsu curry
  • All Ramen dishes
  • All Teppanyaki and noodle dishes
  • Yasai pad thai (v)
  • Yasai yaki soba with rice or udon noodle (v)

Sides

  • Chili squid
  • All gyoza dishes
  • All steamed buns
  • Vegan chili ‘squid’ (v)
  • Vegetable tempura (v)
  • Mixed mushroom hirata bun (v)

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 Wagamama, 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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