Top 10 healthiest restaurants to eat out revealed

Sophia Moir
Yahoo Lifestyle
31 January 2013

It’s all well and good counting your calories on a day-to-day basis but if you pig out on fast food at the weekend it’s likely your efforts will go to waste.

But there may be a solution as the top 10 healthiest restaurant to eat out have been revealed in a new study.

Food analyst Charlie Nelson joined a team of nutritionists and foodies at Men’s Health to scour 100 restaurants in the UK for the healthiest places to eat out.

They were scored on five real-life criteria, including use of fats, prep and cooking, value for money and nutrients per bite.

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Leon was voted healthiest place for breakfast as none of its dishes are cooked in unnecessary fats. Its porridge with blueberries is one of the best options on the menu – and it comes with extra seeds.

Portugese chicken restaurant Nando’s was voted the best place for lunch as the protein-heavy dishes are great value for money. The flame-grilled technique and marinades make it extra healthy – but if you’re really watching your weight, ask for the chicken without the skin.

For a cheap meal, Italian restaurant Zizzi was voted the best option and its superfood salad lives up to its name – including butternut squash, lentils and beans.

If you’re craving some fast food, avoid McDonalds and Burger King and opt for Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) or Subway instead.

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GBK’s buffalo burger has half the fat of a beef burger and comes with healthy root veg and vinaigrette – not calorie-laden mayo.

And if you’re looking to eat out on a date – we’re thinking Valentine’s Day here – seafood restaurant Loch Fyne and Jamie’s Italian were voted healthiest.

Loch Fyne beat Jamie’s Italian due to its slightly lower price point – but Jamie’s was commended for its antipasti platters and healthy lamb dish.

Top 10 healthiest places to eat out

1 Leon
2 Nando’s
3 Loch Fyne
4 Jamie’s Italian
6 Carluccio’s
7 Zizzi
8 Giraffe
9 Chilango
10 Pret A Manger

Do you eat out in these  restaurants? Let us know over on Twitter now.

Read The Healthiest Restaurants For Men On The High Street in the Men's Health March issue – on sale Friday 1 February.

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