The best dishes at Nando’s, Pizza Express, McDonald’s & more under 500 calories

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What if we told you that eating healthily doesn’t limit you to greens alone? You’d hunt us down for the secret, right? Well good news. We’ve searched through the menus of McDonald’s, KFC, Greggs and many more, and spotted a (few of many) menu options that are all under 500 calories. Because watching your calorie intake doesn’t have to mean missing out on all the delicious food…

McDonald’s

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While the word ‘healthy’ isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you hear McDonald’s, there are some surprising low-calorie alternatives available. Pro tip: Try skipping sauces to cut extra calories.

What to order:

• Toasted bagel (216) + chocolatey doughnut (254) + black coffee (6) = 476 calories

• Bacon Roll (319) + hash browns (136) + black coffee (6) = 461 calories

• Hamburger (250) + small fries (237) + Diet Coke (1) = 488 calories

• Double cheeseburger (445) + shaker side salad (18) + Sprite Zero (4) = 467

Nando’s

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A cheeky Nando’s to start the year? Why not. Just be careful with the PERi-PERi sauce because the spicier the sauce, the higher the calorie count – shocking right?

What to order:

• 1/4 chicken leg (279) + grilled halloumi (177) + mixed leaf salad (25) + Diet Coke (1) = 482 calories

• Chicken butterfly (310) + chargrilled vegetables (98) + Diet Coke (1) + vanilla ice cream (71) = 480 calories

• Mixed leaf salad with chicken breast (154) + 3-piece chicken wings (300) + Diet Coke (1) = 455 calories

• Grilled chicken breast fillet (150) + sweet potato mash (242) + mango ice cream (71) + Diet Coke (1) = 464 calories

Pizza Express

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Head straight to the Pizza Express’ Leggera menu for something on the lighter side. Pro tip: The majority of the items on the Piccolo menu are under 500 calories and could save you on both calories and £££. Win win.

What to order:

• Dough balls (361) + Piccolo salad (29) + roasted tomatoes (67) + Diet Coke (1) = 458 calories

• Piccolo La Reine (360) + Piccolo raspberry sorbet (61) + Piccolo salad (29) = 450 calories

• Caesar salad (349) + Diet Coke (1) + Piccolo vanilla gelato with chocolate sauce (146) = 496 calories

• Leggera superfood salad (472) + Diet Coke (1) = 473 calories

Burger King

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News flash: It is possible to eat at Burger King and slim down (oh, yeah!), but it’s all about balancing the meal with a salad and, sadly, ditching the mayo.

What to order:

• Bacon butty (210) + hash brown (280) + black coffee (0) = 490 calories

• Chicken burger (390) + garden side salad (15) + apple fries (30) + diet drink (1) = 436 calories

• Four-piece chicken nuggets (190) + mozzarella sticks (210) + side garden salad (15) + diet drink (1) + BBQ dipping sauce (40) = 456 calories

• Whopper JR. sandwich (330) + emmental bites (170) = 500 calories

Yo! Sushi

The good news? The majority of each dish at Yo! Sushi is under 500 calories already, some a little as 51! Get creative and mix it up, but just be careful not to order more than three plates.

What to order:

• Blossom roll (199) + vegetable yakisoba (198) + beef nigiri (102) = 499  calories

• Pork teriyaki (223) + assorted nigiri maki (220) + fruit (51) = 494 calories

• Spicy chicken salad (204) + edamame (121) + Ginza strawberry cake (155) = 480 calories

• Prawn katsu curry (379) + Kaiso seaweed (120) = 499 calories

Bill’s

Give sauces and dressing a miss when ordering at Bill’s; it’s surprising how many calories these add to a meal.

What to order:

• Avocado on toast without egg (497) + black coffee (0)= 497 calories

• Naked hamburger without salad dressing (421) + plain mixed salad (24) + water = 445 calories

• Cauliflower cheese (238) + long stem broccoli (121) + one scoop of ice cream (107) + Diet Coke (1) = 467 calories

• Wild mushroom soup without flatbread (260) + sauteed kale (104) + one scoop of ice cream (107) + Diet Coke (1) = 472 calories

KFC

The secret to a finger lickin’ good yet healthy meal at KFC is to order the small and regular size – and you just might be able to squeeze in another pot of gravy!

What to order:

• Regular popcorn chicken (135) + regular skin on fries (270) + corn on the cob (85) + Pepsi Max (1) = 491 calories

• 2 hot wings (165) + regular fries (310) + Pepsi Max (1) = 476 calories

• 1 piece original chicken (245) + one regular pot of gravy (120) + regular beans (105) + Pepsi Max (1) = 471 calories

• BBQ wrap (270) + plain salad pot (185) + Pepsi Max (1) = 465 calories

GBK

For a quick burger fix, choose a dish from the Junior menu at Gourmet Burger Kitchen, as most items are under 500 calories. Alternatively, you can always pick and mix from the sides section.

What to order:

• Chilli fried chicken bites (289) + onion rings (171) + diet drink (1) = around 461 calories

• Small veggie classic (406) + simple salad (81) + Diet drink (1) = around 488 calories

• Classic chicken (445) + jalapenos (22) + diet drink (1) = around 468 calories

• Simple salad (81) + falafel portion (230) + onion rings (171) + diet drink (1) = around 483 calories

Greggs

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You’ll be glad to hear that Greggs actually have an array of food options that can be healthy, and yes, it includes the beloved sausage roll. Check out their Balanced Choice menu for eats under 400 calories.

What to order:

• Chicken mayonnaise baguette (497) + water = 497 calories

• Porridge with syrup (371) + triple Belgian chocolate mini brownie (97) + orange juice drink (10) = 478 calories

• Sausage roll (327) + raspberry and almond bake (63) + sweet mango (88) + sparkling cloudy lemonade (15) = 493 calories

• Pulled BBQ chicken brioche (321) + mixed grape pot (92) + still summer berry juice drink (55) = 468 calories

Subway

Did you know that a bag of crisps eaten with a 6-inch Sub is around 500 calories? *Gasp* When ordering a subby, select the Italian white bread (200) as this has the least amount of calories.

What to order:

• 6in Chicken and bacon ranch melt (496) + Pepsi Max (2) = 498 calories

• Veggie patty lite (221) + one cookie (220) + Pepsi Max (2) = 443 calories

• Tuna salad (187) + one cookie (220) + Pepsi Max (2) = 409 calories

• Bowl of meatballs (314) + chicken breast salad (138) + Pepsi Max (2) = 454 calories

Leon

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The best thing about LEON is their ability to cater to almost all dietary requirements. From gluten-free to meals under 500 calories, just ask your server.

What to order:

• Chargrilled aioli wrap (459) + tea (4) = 463 calories

• Naked satay chicken burger (374) + rosemary rings (108) + water (0) = 482 calories

• Chicken and chorizo club salad (475) + chilli sauce (16) + water (0) = 491 calories

• Ginger kombucha (66) + Leon baked fries (302) + sea salt and brown sugar popped corn (129) = 497 calories

Pizza Hut

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Splitting a pizza is the way to go when visiting your local Pizza Hut. To cut back on even more calories, go for the gluten-free option.

What to order:

• Two slices of the small classic Margherita pizza (302) + mixed leaf salad (44) + vanilla ice cream with cookie dough (103) + diet drink = around 449 calories

• Macaroni cheese (410) + mixed leaf salad (44) + diet drink = around 454 calories

• Two slices of the small classic meat feast pizza (356) + mixed leaf salad (44) + vanilla ice cream with cookie dough (103) = 503 around calories

• Two slices of the small classic chicken supreme (290) + cheese garlic (139) + mixed leaf salad (44) + diet drink = around 473 calories

ASK Italian

How to avoid the calories when eating Italian food? Opt for the slim or vegetarian options. Luckily ASK Italian has a great selection.. You could even ask your server for half a portion of a menu item, they shouldn’t mind.

What to order:

• Pollo Milanese (480) + mixed salad (18) = 498 calories

• Broccoli and chili (147) + bread sticks and tomato dip (159) + Panna cotta (190) = 496 calories

• Butterfly king prawns (416) + rocket salad (57) = 473 calories

• Insalata Burrala Caprese (303) + breadsticks and tomato dip (159) + mixed salad (18) = 480 calories

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