What to choose from the Nando’s menu if you want to lose weight
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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 Pizza Express, this is the first in a series of articles dedicated to eating out and staying on track.
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 scroll for our SmartPoints guide to boss your Budget while chowing down on some tasty Peri-Peri chicken.
Our 4.8* rated WW app can also help keep you on track, with in-built SmartPoints values for meals at 70 restaurants across the UK.
How to track on the WW app: simply scroll to 'Browse restaurants' on your My Day screen, tap 'Restaurant name' and type 'nando's' into the search bar, then scroll or search for your meal. Find out more about tracking on the app.
Skinless chicken breast is a lean protein, which means it's super low in SmartPoints. 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 which is 9 SmartPoints (SP) on Green and 8 SmartPoints on Blue & Purple or the chicken butterfly which is 5SP on Green and 4SP on Blue & Purple. Both dishes feature chicken breast as opposed to thighs (which are higher in saturated fat) and wings (which are just plain fiddly!).
If you're on Blue or Purple, opting for a plain chicken breast adds no extra SmartPoints to your meal - just keep in mind that the different seasonings each have a SmartPoints value of 1. If you choose plain, ask for a lemon wedge and season with black pepper for a flavour boost.
Sink your teeth into a chicken burger or chicken pitta for just 9SP on Green and 8SP on Blue & Purple. Fancy doubling up? Go for it for no extra SmartPoints on Blue and Purple, and an extra 2SP on Green.
Top with a portobello mushroom for no extra SmartPoints or ¼ avocado for an extra 3SP on all three plans.
Looking for veggie alternatives? Try the supergreen burger for 12SP or the sweet potato and butternut burger for 13SP on all three plans.
Fancy something lighter? At 0SP on all three plans, 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 2SP on Green and 1SP on Blue and Purple.
The Mediterranean salad with chicken (11SP on Green, 10SP on Blue and 10SP on Purple) 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 (2SP on Green and 1SP on Blue and Purple) with a regular supergrain side (6SP across all three plans) makes a delicious, protein-packed DIY salad for 8SP on Green and 7SP on Blue and Purple.
Or, if you're on Blue or Purple, 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 on all three plans, 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 6SP across all three plans? 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 7SP per serving on all three plans. Or, if you’d prefer something lighter, the regular and large portions of mixed leaf salad are 0 SmartPoints on Green, Blue and Purple.
The corn on the cob is 5SP on Green and 0SP on Blue and Purple, and the fino chargrilled vegetables are 4 SmartPoints across all three plans.
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. The mango, vanilla and strawberry is only 3SP per serving, while the chocolate is 4SP per serving on all three plans. 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 on Green, Blue and Purple. 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 on all three plans - who can resist a freshly baked Portuguese tart?
The grand finale: Nando’s in 9 SmartPoints!
Cast your eyes below for a super SmartPoints-friendly meal at Nando's.
- Starter: Spicy mixed olives, shared between 2 people (2SP)
- Mains: Mixed leaf salad with chicken, ¼ avocado, and a tsp of balsamic vinegar (5SP on Green and 4SP on Blue and Purple)
- Dessert: Frozen yogurt. Choose from vanilla, strawberry and mango (3SP per serving) or chocolate (4SP per serving)
- Drink: Iced water (0SP)
TOTAL: 10-11SP on Green and 9-10SP on Blue and Purple
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.
Your SmartPoints guide to the Nando’s menu
|Spicy mixed olives||4SP (2SP if you share)||4SP(2SP if you share)||4SP(2SP if you share)|
|Burgers, pitta and wraps|
|Grilled chicken burger||9SP||8SP||8SP|
|Grilled chicken pitta||9SP||8SP||8SP|
|Double chicken burger||11SP||8SP||8SP|
|Double chicken pitta||11SP||8SP||8SP|
|Sweet potato and butternut burger||13SP||13SP||13SP|
|- with chicken||11SP||10SP||10SP|
|Mixed leaf salad||0SP||0SP||0SP|
|- with chicken||2SP||1SP||1SP|
|- with chicken||11SP||9SP||9SP|
|Large corn on the cob||11SP||0SP||0SP|
|Large mixed leaf salad||0SP||0SP||0SP|
|Regular spicy rice||7SP||7SP||7SP|
|Frozen yogurt (vanilla, strawberry, mango)||3SP||3SP||3SP|
|Frozen yogurt (chocolate)||4SP||4SP||4SP|
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 spicy mixed olives at Nando's, the SmartPoints value (4) includes all olives 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.