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What Would A Nutritionist Eat At Pret?

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If only being organised enough to bring a homemade lunch into work every day came naturally. Are you a Pret girl keen to keep it healthy? From salads to flatbreads, read on for nutritionist Lily Soutter’s expert analysis on Pret a Manger’s latest offerings...

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Chicken, Pesto & Rocket Flatbread

Ingredients: British chicken, pesto, pine nuts, Italian cheese, rocket, tomatoes, yoghurt mayo, lemon juice.

Calories: 518 per serving

Verdict: With almost 30g of protein, this sandwich will help to balance blood sugar and keep hunger at bay. However, it does have just over 500 calories and is lower in fibre than other Pret options due to the fact the flatbread is a white, refined carbohydrate.

How filling? 5/5: A great source of protein and providing a decent amount of calories, this flatbread will keep you full for hours, especially if you are on the go and know there will be large gap between meals.


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Crayfish & Avocado Sandwich

Ingredients: Crayfish, avocado, salad leaves, yoghurt mayo, lemon juice.

Calories: 383

Verdict: This is a perfectly proportioned sandwich. With just under 400 calories per serving, you can still enjoy your lunchtime sandwich whilst staying trim. This option also provides a good dose of fibre (6.8g) which not only can help to keep us full, but can also aid with healthy digestion.  

How filling? 5/5: With good quality protein, fibre and healthy fats you have all the components that you need for a steady flow of energy through the afternoon.


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Greens, Grains & Chicken Salad

Ingredients: Avocado, British chicken breast, broccoli, spinach, peas, brown rice and red quinoa.

Calories: 258 per serving (dressing an additional 85 calories)

Verdict: This salad box really tops the charts health-wise. It’s perfectly balanced, providing a decent amount of protein (21.3g), and a mix of nutrient-dense complex carbohydrates (brown rice & quinoa). The fibre-rich greens also add to this dish’s healthy credentials.

How filling? 4/5: Protein, healthy fats and fibre are essentials when it comes to the fullness factor, and this dish provides all key components.


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Sweet Potato, Falafel & Smashed Beets Veggie Box

Ingredients: Turmeric & sweet potato falafel, beetroot hummus, avocado, broccoli, pomegranate, edamame, spinach, brown rice and red quinoa, peas.

Calories: 334 per serving (dressing an additional 52 calories)

Verdict: This is a great option for vegans and vegetarians, and is full of fibre (7.4g) to help to balance blood sugar and keep us fuller for longer. The bright colours within the salad box ensure that it is a potent source of antioxidants when busy and eating on the go.
How filling? 3/5: This is a very small portion and only has 10g of protein so is more of a light snack; pair with a soup or additional protein for a more substantial meal.


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Roast Beets, Squash & Feta Veggie Box

Ingredients: Roasted baby beetroot and butternut squash, feta, spinach, peas, brown rice and red quinoa, seed mix.

Calories: 238 per serving (dressing an additional 144 calories)

Verdict: The perfect choice for vegetarians, this salad box provides a decent serving of protein (10.8g).  The feta also gives this dish a great calcium score, and the rainbow coloured vegetables provides a hit of antioxidants. However, this salad also contains 2.5g salt per portion, which is almost 50% of your RDA.

How filling? 3/5:  This is a relatively small portion, and contains less protein in comparison to some of the other Pret dishes, so consider adding some extra protein for a more rounded dish.

Lily graduated from Newcastle University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Food and Human Nutrition where she was awarded the Sage Faculty for Excellence Scholarship. She then went on to gain a Nutritional Therapy Diploma from the Institute of Optimum Nutrition. Lily sees clients from her clinic in Chelsea and from the Portobello Clinic, a private medical practice based in Notting Hill.
For more information and to speak with Lily please visit LilySoutterNutrition.com

Inspiration Credits: Instagram.com/PretAManger
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