When you’re trying to stick to a diet, eating out is one of the trickiest issues to navigate and can lead to either falling off the wagon or feeling miserable while you nibble on a salad while everyone else enjoys a feasts.
But according to diet guru Terri Ann Nunns and Strictly star Katie Piper, you can enjoy socialising over dinner without putting all your slimming efforts to waste.
Mother-of-four Terri Ann from Doncaster lost seven stone on her own regime and is now raking in £500K a year after creating her own
She and Katie teamed up earlier this year to launch the Healthy Happy Mum Plan and now they have worked with dietician Ro Huntriss to produce the ultimate guide to low calorie options at your favourite restaurants.
Even fast food outlets such as KFC and McDonald’s need not be off the menu with plenty of options coming in at under 500 calories.
Read on to find out their top picks for enjoying a meal out without the guilt.
Diet guru Terri Ann Nunns and Strictly star Katie Piper launched the Healthy Happy Mum Plan earlier this year and now they have enlisted the help of a dietician to create the ultimate guide to eating out without ruining your diet
Zizzi’s king prawn linguine, left, is a hearty meal that won’t leave you unsatisfied and comes in at just under 500 calories. Another way to get your dose of carbs is to tuck into Ask Italian’s bruschetta, right, that comes in at 321 calories
Chicken is a great high protein, low calorie option so it’s no wonder Nando’s has a surprising array of reasonably healthy options.
There are more than 50 different dishes under 600 calories, with dishes such as three chicken wings and a quarter chicken breast coming in at under 300 calories.
As long as you avoid calorific fries and sauces, there’s plenty to choose from.
Diet-friendly options at Nando’s
Grilled Chicken Burger: 380 cals
Spicy Rice (Large) 393 cals
5 Chicken Wings 467 cals
Gooey Caramel Cheesecake 415
Grilled Chicken Pitta: 381 cals
Halloumi Sticks & Dip: 441 cals
Plain Fillet Steak Prego Roll: 364 cals
Salted Caramel Brownie 389
If you’re a fan of Nando’s you can enjoy a Plain Fillet Steak Prego Roll, which contains just 364 calories, without ruining your diet
KFC might not be the obvious choice for low calorie options, but like Nando’s – it’s all about the chicken.
Be smart about your choices and you can enjoy BBQ Wraps and Popcorn Chicken, which come in under 300 calories.
Meanwhile, the Fillet Burger and Original Recipe Ricebox are both under 500 calories.
Diet-friendly options at KFC
Zinger® Burger: 450 cals
Fillet Burger: 440 cals
Flamin’ Wrap: 305 cals
Large Popcorn Chicken: 465 cals
Toasted Twister: 480 cals
Original Recipe Ricebox: 500 cals
Zinger® Ricebox: 485 cals
Veggie Ricebox: 307 cals
Who says you can’t enjoy a burger when you’re on a diet? KFC’s chicken Fillet Burger comes in at 400 calories, so just avoid the fries and tuck in
Despite popular belief, there are actually loads of options on the McDonald’s menu that can be enjoyed as part of a low carb diet.
For under 300 calories you can indulge in a Cheeseburger, Chicken McNuggets, Egg and Cheese McMuffin or Cheesy Bacon Flatbread.
Diet-friendly options at McDonald’s
Bacon, Egg & Cheese Bagel: 480 cals
Sausage & Egg McMuffin: 430 cals
Filet-o-Fish: 329 cals
Spicy Vegetable Deluxe: 412 cals
Bacon Double Cheeseburger: 495 cals
Chicken Legend/BBQ Sauce: 484 cals
McChicken Sandwich: 388 cals
McDonald’s Fries (Medium): 337 cals
Even if you’re on a diet you can still tuck into a Bacon Double Cheeseburger at McDonald’s for just under 500 calories
You’ll be amazed by the number of items under 300 calories on the Subway menu. Enjoy a Cheese Toastie, Pepperoni Pizza, Steak and Cheese or Big Beef Melt guilt-free.
And if you feel like a real treat, the Chicken and Bacon Ranch Melt and Spicy Italian both come under 400 calories.
Diet-friendly options at Subway
Breast Chicken 306
Teriyaki Chicken 322
Tikka Chicken 310
Big Beef Melt 403
Steak & Cheese: 355 cals
Meatball Marinara: 439 cals
Spicy Italian: 482 cals
Tuna: 355 cals
If you’re watching your waistline you can tuck into a Teriyaki Chicken Subway sandwich for just 322 calories
More diet-friendly options from high street chains
Rosemary & Sea Salt Bread: 499 cals
Bruschetta: 321 cals
Calamari (1 Serving): 476 cals
Butterfly King Prawns: 416 cals
Pollo Milanese: 480 cals
Kids Margherita: 423 cals
Bufala Caprese: 380 cals
Skinny Pollo Roquito: 488 cals
GF Super Zucca Salad: 500 cals
Ravioli Di Capra: 494 cals
Risotto Funghi: 439 cals
King Prawn Linguine: 498 cals
Crispy Flat Cap Mushrooms: 489 cals
Loads Potato Dippers: 494 cals
Beef Bites: 484 cals
8oz Sirloin with salad: 455 cals
Sweet Potato fries: 350 cals
Roasted Vegetable Linguine: 492 cals
Salami and Tomato Panini: 449 cals
Roast Chicken Salad Sandwich 396
Smoked Salmon & Soft Cheese: 372
BLT: 405 cals
Feta & Tomato Pasta Salad: 472 cals
Ham & Cheese Toastie: 307 cals