If you were to walk into a Nando’s tomorrow night you are likely to see a group of budding rugby players stuffing their faces, like cave people, with chicken. Cutlery will be entirely optional. Ok, that is a bit of a stereotype, but Nando’s has become a favourite local haunt for rugby players and teams everywhere. It’s obvious why this is: stacks of grilled chicken providing high amounts of good quality protein.
It is thought that protein is lean and makes us ‘big’, which isn’t wrong, but what it really does is help with muscle growth and muscle repair. If you are training at a high intensity in the gym or out on the pitch, as rugby players do, what you are doing is creating little micro tears in your muscles.
Because this happens it is very important to get protein to your muscles to repair these tears, which is going to help you make the gains you need. Rugby players need protein and like to socialise, which makes Nando’s an ideal choice.
So when you go to Nando’s are you eating the right things? Because, believe it or not, not everything there is good for you, which means there are some dos and don’ts to consider next time you visit.
We’re not talking about the obvious thing to avoid, such as chips, but there are some choices on the Nando’s menu that you might find surprisingly high in fat and calories.
So if you’re stuck on whether to have a wrap or a pitta and what side to have with it, then hopefully some of the information below will help you make the right choice to get the best out of your meal.
Starters; Just DON’T!
Have an extra side instead! Think the pitta and humous with the peri-peri drizzle looks like a healthy option? If you did you were dead wrong; have that for a starter and you’re consuming a massive 825kcal and 30g of fat before you even start your meal.
Best avoided then! Have an extra side with your main instead.
On to the mains...
You'll already know that if you have a ½ chicken, be like Keanu Reeves and take the skin off because it’s very fatty. But if you fancy having some carbs and are stuck between choosing the chicken wrap, chicken burger or chicken pitta, we can help you make the right decision.
If you go for the wrap you will take in 577kcal (more than a Big Mac by the way) and 22g of fat, whereas if you have the chicken pitta or burger you will consume around 350kcal and only 5g of fat!
Have a look at the table below for more detailed information on selected Nando’s products.
It’s important to us that we help you make the best choice available when you visit Nando’s. Everybody has different needs and wants – every now again even some pros will treat themselves with chips as a side - but the important thing here is that you are aware of what you’re putting in to your body.