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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


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