Ideally, we’d all like to have ample time to make our own healthy lunch, but usually that’s not the way the cookie crumbles. You head out to grab some lunch, but the huge amount of choice on offer can make it confusing when you’re aiming for the healthy option. Well, be confused no more! PrettyFit is on a mission to select the healthiest and tastiest choices on the market, making it easy for you to stay on top of your diet.
In this first instalment, we tackle Pret a Manger.
PrettyFit Top Choice:
Pole & Line Caught Tuna Nicoise Salad with the Edamame Bowl on the side.
Tuna is a nutritional godsend. Low in calories and fat but high in protein, it will leave you satisfied without the food baby appearance (never hot). At just 138 calories and nearly 19g of protein, it provides nearly a third of your daily protein needs. As protein leaves you fuller for longer and also promotes lean muscle, it’s ideal for those looking to gain or maintain a lean appearance.
Tuna also contains Omega 3 Fatty Acids; these little beauties have been proven to improve heart health, reduce cholesterol, improve mental functioning AND can help to reduce body fat.
This salad is low in calories and carbohydrates, which is why I would personally add the Edamame Bowl. Edamame beans are a natural source of soy protein, which several studies have concluded is the protein source most suitable for women looking to reduce body mass. The beans are also full of essential vitamins and minerals, and high in fibre. At around 100 calories and 8g protein, it’s the perfect compliment to the tuna salad.
Don’t fancy fish, or a vegetarian? Hit up the Superfood Salad. It’s around 345 calories and has just under 15g protein, as well as a whole host of nutritional superstars such as grated beetroot and omega sprinkles.
Fancy something warm? Pret are the master of soups. The Chilli Beef and Rice Soup is a personal favourite; 20g of protein and less than 3% fat – that’s 270 calories well spent. The beans and rice will keep you full and also work to stabilise blood sugar – a double whammy in the face of afternoon biscuit cravings. If you’re vegetarian, the Carrot and Coriander or Leek and Potato options are both under 200 calories and low in fat.
Chicken and Avocado
Sometimes, only a sandwich will do. This one is just under 470 calories – although higher than the other options, this is still a good choice. Avocado is a fruit full of fat, but don’t let that scare you – the heart healthy fats are the happy type that cuddle your heart and stroke your waistline. Chicken is a delicious, low fat source of protein – this sandwich has 20g of protein, nearly half your daily needs! It’s also made with multigrain bread, which will stabilise blood sugars and keep you fuller for longer. This bad boy also comes in ‘slim’ – less bread, less calories/fat/everything.
Runner up: Wild Crayfish and Rocket. Fish is a slim girls best friend, and crayfish has added goodies such as B vitamins (which increase energy uptake from food – goodbye 4pm slump) and calcium. This bad boy is also available in ‘slim’.
Best for Breakfast:
Yoga Bunny Bowl.
This mix of low fat yoghurt, fruit and almonds is a slimming combination of dreams. Low fat dairy is an excellent source of protein, and studies have shown that consuming low fat dairy such as yoghurt and skimmed milk can reduce body fat. Almonds are full of vitamin E, which promotes beautiful skin and shiny hair, as well as those essential fatty acids. Also, it’s delicious.
Chilly Morning? Go with Porridge. Pret use whole oats, which take longer to digest. The result? You’re full all morning. Whole oats also reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol and are naturally low in fat. If you don’t like it plain, add the Berry Compote.
Happy lunchtime – be PrettyFit! x