Healthy food choices: at PizzaExpress


Everyone should be able to be sociable and enjoy different cuisines every night, whether you are cooking at home or going out for something special. No matter what your goal is, you can go out with friends and family to well-known restaurants and enjoy the occasion without worrying about blowing your diet. It’s just knowing what to have.

Yes, it’s fine to go out to these restaurants for a treat meal and eat whatever you want. If you’ve put in the effort for the rest of the week, you deserve this moment of indulgence whilst still keeping on track towards your goal in general.


But sometimes you don’t have to go out and have a treat; and sometimes you may have more than one social occasion in the diary where you’ll have the entire menu at your disposal but with the want to stay on track with your diet.

There is always confusion at restaurants where you think you may be ordering the ‘healthy’ option; but without knowing it you may be ordering something that’s ‘confit’…a.k.a. submerged in its own rendered fat. It may taste great, but it may not be too great for your hard earned physique and diet; and you may not be aware of it.

This series will give you the best options to order at various well-known restaurants to keep you on track with your diet so you never have to worry what would be the best choice to have.




Tip: Avoid the dough. It’s made with high GI flour and tends to have butter swimming around it too. Watch out for the ‘healthy’ options that finish the description with ‘house, honey and mustard or creamy dressings’

Olives Marinate / Roasted Tomatoes / Classic Italian Antipasto (again just skip the dough)


Tip: Pizzas are lovely, but really should be saved for a treat unless you have wholewheat flour as the based. Again, the white flour provides high GI carbs with are process quickly and can send your blood sugar high, increasing your insulin secretion and thus your body’s want to store body fat. Thankfully, the restaurant now caters well for the non-pizza eater.

Leggera Superfood Salad with chicken – high in nutrients but low in calories and comes on a massive plate. Baby spinach and seasonal mixed leaves, tenderstem broccoli, beetroot, light mozzarella, avocado, pine kernels, red onions, cucumber, lentils and fresh basil just swap the ‘house dressing’ for extra virgin olive oil.

Nicoise Salad – tuna, anchovies, surfine capers, black olives, free-range egg, seasonal mixed leaves, tomatoes and cucumber; just swap the ‘house dressing’ for extra virgin olive oil and ask for no bread sticks.

Leggera Pollo ad Astra – if you really want a pizza, this one with chicken, light mozzarella, sweet Peppadew peppers, tomato, Cajun spices, garlic oil and red onions has a smaller amount of dough and a good choice of ingredients.


Tip: No desserts here are great. If you’re here for a treat, have what you would like (with the ‘best choice’ being the sorbet purely for lower calories but it’s still basically just sugar. My tip is to have a starter and a main before moving to a black coffee or tea for dessert. The change in palette will satisfy your want for a ‘finisher’ to the meal.


Pizza Express / Nando’s / Prezzo / Wagamama / Pret a Manger / Frankie & Benny’s / Zizzi / All Bar One & more


Chris James
Top Local Trainer Author
Team Member Picture
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,