We’re pretty spoilt in London with the range of healthy options we have on our doorstep. But for those not in the big city, there’s still plenty of nutritious options for you to sink your teeth into, right on your local high-street. So for those days when you didn't have time to meal-prep or left your post-workout protein oats in the fridge at home, here are some of our favourite options from these commonly-found chains, where you can grab a healthy bite without breaking the bank:
Eat aren’t short of healthy options, and we’re not sure why we’ve overlooked this takeaway chain in the past. They have a whole range of fit boxes and healthy salads for every dietary requirement. Some of our current favourites?:
Chicken and Avocado Salad
Herbed Roast Chicken, avocado, Omega Seed Mix, Celeriac & Carrot Slaw, Baby Plum Tomatoes, Salad Leaf, White Balsamic Dressing.
(479kcal, Carbs: 13, Fat: 38, Protein: 20)
For the Veggies: High Protein Super Nutty
Quinoa and black rice with beetroot hummus, chargrilled broccoli, cashew and pistachio nuts.
(343kcal, 11g Protein, 33g Carbs, 20g Fat)
Boost Your Protein with Free-Range Egg and Chilli Greens
Free-Range Egg, edamame, coriander, chilli, spinach and lemon.
(116kcal, 9.8g Protein, 4.2g Carbs, 5.6 Fat)
Pret is rolling out chain after chain across the country (and the globe), but we’re certainly not complaining about their range of fresh and healthier options being available at every turn.
Pret’s Protein Box
Chargrilled British chicken breast, free-range eggs, sliced avocado, long-stem broccoli, spinach and mixed seeds. Finished with a punchy chilli dressing.
(376kcal, 21g fat, 6.7g carbs, 37.8g protein)
Sesame Salad and Black Rice
Roasted salmon coated with sesame seeds paired with black rice. Served with long-stem broccoli, pickled cabbage & carrot salad, edamame beans a pot of zingy green dressing.
(369kcal, 18.8g fat, carbs 24.2g, 23.1g protein)
Sweet Potato and Falafel & Smashed Beets Veggie Box
It’s not the highest in protein, but it certainly wins on both taste & veggie count! Turmeric & sweet potato falafel, smashed beetroot hummus, avocado and long-stem broccoli on a bed of brown & black rice. Finished with a pot of zingy green dressing.
(407kcal, 23.5g fat, 35.5g carbs, 10.3g protein)
Who doesn’t love a good M&S lunch? It’s not always the cheapest, but their veggie and vegan options are definitely the best we've found on the high-street!
Nourish Bowl with Spiced Tofu
Sesame and soy houmous, spiced tofu, edamame, lightly pickled carrot and cabbage slaw with rice and cauliflower couscous: all the plants and a healthy dose of protein.
(305kcal, 14.6g protein)
There’s no arguing with the accessibility of this one; it's hard to find a single person who doesn't have a Tesco within 15 minutes of the office. You'll usually find plenty of healthier options available daily in store, but here are some of our favourites:
Bargain-hunters rejoice - you can pick any combo of sushi you like at Tesco for just £2. We like to combine the veggie sushi selection with a smoked salmon option for a balanced hit of protein, healthy fats and carbs.
Love Life Feta and Lemon Quinoa Salad
Veggies: this is the salad for you. Combine it with the minted pea dip with carrot and cucumber to get your 5 a day before you’ve even reached dinner.
Boots: the land of the famous meal-deal. It’s tough to navigate those bulging baguettes, but for a healthier choice, we're all about the picnic lunch, especially for train journeys or long, boring admin days.
Egg and spinach pot + carrot and hummus + quinoa waves.
It’s well-known that bodybuilders love to splurge at this protein-heavy chain & it's a great crowd-pleaser for a healthier dinner on the cheap.
1/4 - 1/2 Chicken
At Nando's, there's really only one thing to order - chicken. Order it on the bone and pair with corn on the cob (288 kcal 5.4g fat, 11.4g protein, 44g carbs) or macho peas (283kcal, 35 carbs, 12.9 fat, 15.4 protein).
Veggie Quinoa Salad
Quinoa salad with sweet potato and avocado chunks, plum toms, feta and Peri-seeds and grains.
(458kcal, 16.5g protein, 28.6g fat & 34.8g carbs)
Trying to eat a little healthier doesn’t have to be all about salads and sadness. It's no Franco Manca, but Pizza Express offers a ‘lighter’ menu, which is full of pizzas on a thinner base that are piled with salad in the middle.
Leggera Pollo ad Astra
Chicken, light mozzarella, peppers and tomato: it's your one-stop shop for a balanced meal of protein, carbs, fats and veggies.
(486kcal, 46.4g protein, 13.9g fat, 75g carbs)
For the Vegans: Wholemeal Leggera Vegan giardiniera
Artichoke, mushrooms, red onion, black olives, tomato, vegan mozzarella and garlic oil.
(556 kcal, 21g fat, 79g carbs, 16.1g protein)