ANY restaurants, including high street chains, offer healthy eating dishes like naked burgers (without the bun) noodles and sushi - but if you knew you could actually also eat chicken nuggets, pizza and pasta, you might not feel so depressed. Take a look at these options and you’ll be booking a table and feasting brilliantly – without gaining the pounds – before you can say “Diet? What diet?”
Wagamama’s Chilli Chicken Ramen As a rule, Japanese dishes are among the most healthy you can find, so you can’t go too wrong here.
But stay away from the fried noodles and rice and head towards the ramen, or noodle soup.
It’s noodles in a spicy chicken broth topped with grilled chicken, red onion, spring onions, beansprouts, chilli, coriander and fresh lime.
This filling and warming dish contains 590 calories. Where: 14 Mill Lane and Mermaid Quay. Go to: www.wagamama.com
Prezzo’s Light Prosciutto e Funghi pizza Don’t think that going to an Italian restaurant means missing out on tasty food. The restaurant chain has a light range of pizzas and pastas that allow you to indugle without any guilt. Served with a side salad, they are perfect for those January dieters.
It’s got prosciutto, mushrooms, olives, rosemary, mozzarella cheese and tomato - and it’s only 472 calories. Where: 106 St Mary Street and St David’s shopping centre. Go to: www.prezzorestaurants.co.uk
Zizzi’s Spiedini Pollo Healthy eaters are spoilt for choice at Zizzi’s with loads of healthy eating options.
This dish is a Mediterranean hanging skewer of marinated roast chicken breast, red onions, courgettes and peppers, with Tuscan potatoes, a white wine and lemon sauce and an Italian naked slaw.
It’s also gluten free and comes from their 600 calories or less range, which also includes Pollo Prosciutto, Skinny Pizza King Prawn Diavola.
Its Skinny Pizza range has pizzas for under 550 calories which are all made with wholemeal, white and spelt base, serve with an Italian naked slaw. Where: 27 High Street; 17A Mermaid Quay and St David’s shopping centre. Go to: www.zizzi.co.uk Pizza Express’ Leggera American Hot The Leggera range offers healthy, low calorie pizzas, pasta, salads and desserts.
The American Hot is under 600 calories – in fact it’s only got 440 calories – and is fab for spicy food fans. It’s got pepperoni, light mozzarella and tomato, and you can choose between hot green, Roquito or jalapeño peppers.
Or you might want to be really good and go for the very healthy Superfood Salad which is under 500 calories and is a mix of black rice, edamame beans, red quinoa, mung beans, chickpeas, cranberries, pumpkin seeds and kale in a vinaigrette on a bed of seasonal mixed leaves, rocket, cucumber, roasted red and yellow peppers, red onion and fresh parsley with our light house dressing. Where: 29-32 High Street; St David’s shopping centre and 28 Mermaid Quay. Go to: www.pizzaexpress.com
Nando’s chicken breast You can load up with carbs here but the basic flame-grilled chicken is great for dieters. And there is some evidence that hot food boosts your metabolism, so you could go for a spicy option although lemon and herb is the least calories and fat.
Remove the chicken skin to cut your calories significantly.
A quarter chicken breast medium spice is 299 calories.
A chicken breast pitta with medium spice is 375 calories.
Go for a mixed leaf salad of only 27 calories, rather than the 380 calories in a regular serving of chips. Where: St David’s shopping centre Go to: www.nandos.co.uk with Carluccio’s Seafood Linguine With blue swimming crab, prawns, mussels and clams tossed in a rich and spicy tomato and chilli sauce and baby plum tomatoes and fresh basil. This dish, sprinkled with Bottarga, is 484 calroies.
Stick to tomato based sauces rather than creamy ones if you are watching your weight and the sea bass , served with broccolini, peas and soya beans with chilli, garlic and toasted almonds is also a good option for weight watchers. Where: 16 Mill Lane and Mermaid Quay. Go to: www.carluccios.com The Pure Kitchen’s Paleo Fuel Salad One of the most health-focused cafes/restaurants in the city, The Pure Kitchen is all about serving delicious food that is nutritionally balanced.
You can bulk up on a paleo feast like the Paleo Fuel salad (a thick, lean tuna steak atop of fresh spinach, salad leaves, broccoli, fruit, cabbage, courgette and other greens) and they suit all sorts of diets. Where: Lloyd George Avenue, CF10 4QH. Go to: www.thepurekitchen.co.uk
SOS Kitchen’s Pancakes Eating out doesn’t always have to be for lunch or dinner and if you want to start the day with something very tasty, filling and impossibly good for you, go to Cardiff’s SOS Kitchen for these amazing Hulk Protein Pancakes.
They’ve added spinach to them to boost the health benefits and they are packed full of protein and carbs. Where: SOS Kitchen, Lamby Way Workshops, Rumney.
Anna Loka’s Krishna’s Whole Food Bowl Anna Loka is Cardiff ’s first 100% vegan restaurant is run by a Hare Krishna monk.
‘Anna’ means food, health or earth