We love Nando's!
At WW we’re all about freedom and flexibility, which means you can lose weight while eating the foods you love.
There’s no need to miss out on social occasions with friends and family as a WW member. And we can prove it! From Nando’s to Wetherspoons, this is the first in a series of articles dedicated to eating out and staying on track. We’re on a mission to prove that WW Freestyle™ is our most liveable programme yet.
Whether you’ve saved some Weeklies for a special occasion (yaaas willpower!) or someone’s sprung a surprise dinner on you, there are plenty of SmartPoints-friendly choices at all your favourite restaurants. As long as you pay attention to portion sizes, plan ahead and make savvy food choices, nothing is off-limits.
First up in the series is... Nando’s! There are plenty of healthier options on the menu, but don’t just wing it: read our expert recommendations, then check out our SmartPoints guide below to boss your Budget while chowing down on their legendary Peri-Peri chicken.
Chicken breast is a lean protein, and when it’s skinless it’s a ZeroPoint™ food. However, Nando’s chicken is cooked with the skin on and some is cooked on the bone, which means all menu items have a SmartPoints® value that you’ll need to track.
Our top choices would be the ¼ chicken breast or the chicken butterfly, which are both 4 SmartPoints per serving. Both dishes feature chicken breast as opposed to thighs (which are higher in saturated fat) and wings (which are just plain fiddly!).
Opting for a plain chicken breast adds no extra SmartPoints, whereas the different seasonings each have a SmartPoints value of 1. If you choose plain, remember black pepper and lemon can add a lot to a dish, so ask for a lemon wedge to squeeze over the chicken breast and season with black pepper.
Sink your teeth into a juicy burger for just 8 SmartPoints. This includes the chicken burger, chicken pitta and (here’s the best part) the double chicken versions (woohoo!).
How? The humble chicken breast is the star of the show once again - and it's grilled rather than fried eliminating the need for cooking oils and fats. Top with a portobello mushroom for no extra SmartPoints or ¼ avocado for an extra 3 SmartPoints.
Looking for veggie alternatives? Try the supergreen burger for 12 SmartPoints or the sweet potato and butternut burger for 13 SmartPoints.
Fancy something lighter? At 0 SmartPoints, you don’t even need to track the mixed leaf salad (unless you’ve got your eye on a WellnessWins™ reward!). If a bowl of leaves isn’t going to cut it, add a chicken breast for an extra 1 SmartPoint.
The Mediterranean salad with chicken (10 SmartPoints) is also a great option - thanks to the olives, seeds and avocado, it’s full of heart healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Read more about how healthy fat can help you lose weight.
Alternatively, you could build your own salad by ordering different sides and small meals. For instance, the mixed leaf salad with chicken (1 SmartPoint) with a regular supergrain side (6 SmartPoints) makes a delicious, protein-packed DIY salad for 7 SmartPoints.
Or, go for mixed leaf salad with chicken (1 SmartPoint), ¼ avocado (3 SmartPoints) and a large corn on the cob (0 SmartPoints) for a total of 4 SmartPoints.
What’s a salad without a dressing? The Peri Peri drizzle is 3 SmartPoints, or add a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar for no extra SmartPoints.
If you fancy something on the side, how about the regular supergrain side packed full of wholesome grains including wheat berry, freekah, quinoa and barley for 6 SmartPoints? It also contains cannellini beans, green beans and edamame which boost the protein and fibre content, helping you feel fuller for longer. Avocado and kale are also mixed through, which add to your vitamin and mineral intake.
Not in the mood for grains? The regular spicy rice is 7 SmartPoints per serving. Or, if you’d prefer something lighter, the regular and large portions of mixed leaf salad and the corn on the cob are both 0 SmartPoints, and the fino chargrilled vegetables are 4 SmartPoints.
Dessert was NEVER out of the question, and here are our top picks. We love the fat-free frozen yogurt which comes in four flavours and is only 3 SmartPoints per serving! Special occasion? If your Budget allows, go bottomless and grab a free refill.
The pineapple in the ‘Extras’ section of the menu is 0 SmartPoints. It makes a great fruity finish to any meal and is full of fibre and antioxidants. Or, if dessert is the main event, treat yourself to the naughty natas for 7 SmartPoints - who can resist a freshly baked Portuguese tart?
The grand finale: Nando’s in just 9 SmartPoints!
Did you know you can go out for Nando’s and leave with 14 SmartPoints intact?* Cast your eyes below for your 9 SmartPoints Nando's menu:
- Starter: Spicy mixed olives, shared between 2 people (2 SmartPoints)
- Mains: Mixed leaf salad with chicken, ¼ avocado, corn on the cob, and a tsp of balsamic vinegar (4 SmartPoints)
- Dessert: Frozen yogurt. Choose from vanilla, strawberry and mango (3 SmartPoints per serving) or chocolate (4 SmartPoints per serving)
- Drink: Iced water (0 SmartPoints)
TOTAL: 9 SmartPoints
There you have it: proof you can enjoy a 3-course meal at Nando’s for as little as 9 SmartPoints! Feeling peckish? Find your nearest Nando’s.
The Nando’s menu, complete with SmartPoints (SP) values
|Spicy mixed olives||4SP (2SP if you share!)|
|Burgers, pittas and wraps|
|Grilled chicken burger||8SP|
|Grilled chicken pitta||8SP|
|Double chicken burger||8SP|
|Double chicken pitta||8SP|
|Sweet potato and butternut burger||13SP|
|- with chicken||10SP|
|Mixed leaf salad||0SP|
|- with chicken||1SP|
|- with chicken||11SP|
|Large corn on the cob||0SP|
|Large mixed leaf salad||0SP|
|Regular spicy rice||7SP|
|Frozen yogurt (vanilla, strawberry, mango)||3SP|
|Frozen yogurt (chocolate)||4SP|
*For members with a daily SmartPoints budget of 23.
Disclaimer: The SmartPoints listed in these guides are correct at the time of publishing (May 2019). Unless otherwise stated, the SmartPoints values listed are for the item as served in the restaurant - so if you ordered the chicken steamed gyoza at Wagamama, the SmartPoints value of 6 includes all five gyoza that come as part of the dish. You might notice discrepancies between the SmartPoints values you calculate using the nutritional details provided by the restaurant and the SmartPoints values listed for meals in these guides. That's because the SmartPoints values have taken into account any ZeroPoint™ ingredients in the meal and been adjusted accordingly, whereas the restaurant information includes nutritional values for all ingredients. For tracking purposes, use the SmartPoints values listed in these guides.