How to eat out at intu for just 500 calories

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What if we told you that eating a low calorie diet doesn’t limit you to greens and protein alone? We’re pretty certain you’d hunt us down for the secret, right? Well here’s the good news. After some extensive research into the menus of McDonald’s, KFC, Greggs and many more, and some quick maths, we’ve spotted a plethora of menu options that are all under 500 calories. Here’s to watching our calorie intake without missing out on all your favourite foods!

McDonald’s

McDonald’s isn’t exactly the first place one goes when hunting for a ‘healthy’ meal, but there are some surprisingly low-calorie options available. Pro tip: try skipping the sauces to cut out extra calories.

What to order: 

Bacon Roll (319) + hash browns (136 each) + black coffee (1) = 456 calories 

Toasted Bagel (216) + chocolate doughnut (254) + black coffee (1) = 471 calories 

Hamburger (250) + small fries (237) + Diet coke (1) = 488 calories 

Double cheeseburger (445) + shaker side salad (18) + Sprite Zero (4) = 467

Eat in or takeaway at a McDonald’s near you; available at intu Victoria Centre, intu Metrocentre, intu Chapelfield, intu Lakeside, intu Merry Hill, intu Trafford Centre and intu Uxbridge.

Nando’s

A cheeky Nando’s to start the year off right? Why not! Just be careful with the PERi-PERi sauce because the spicier the sauce, the higher the calorie count – shocking right? 

What to order:

¼ chicken leg (279) + grilled halloumi (177) + mixed leaf salad (25) + Diet Coke (1) = 482 calories 

Chicken butterfly (310) + chargrilled vegetables (98) + Diet Coke (1) + frozen yogurt (71) = 480 calories

Mixed leaf salad with chicken breast (229) + chargrilled vegetables (98) + Diet Coke (1) = 328 calories 

Grilled chicken breast fillet (364) + sweet potato mash (22) + mango ice cream (71) + Diet Coke (1) = 458 calories 

Find a Nando’s at intu Eldon Square, intu Merry Hill, intu Metrocentre, intu Uxbridge, intu Lakeside, intu Potteries, intu Derby, intu Trafford Centre.

Pizza Express

Head straight to Pizza Express’ Leggera menu for something on the lighter side. Pro tip: The majority of the items on the Piccolo menu are under 500 calories and could save you both calories and £££. Win, win!

What to order:

Dough balls (361) + Piccolo salad (29) + roasted tomatoes (67) + Diet Coke (1) = 458 calories 

Piccolo Le Reine (360) + Piccolo raspberry sorbet (61) + Piccolo salad (29) = 450 calories 

Caesar salad (349) + Diet Coke (1) + Piccolo vanilla gelato with chocolate sauce (146) = 496 calories 

Leggera superfood salad (472) + Diet Coke (1) = 473 calories 

Grab a slice of the action at intu Lakeside, intu Trafford Centre, intu Merry Hill, intu Braehead, intu Eldon Square.

Burger King

News flash: It is possible to eat at Burger King and slim down – yes, really! You’ll still have to balance your main with a salad and, sadly, ditch the mayo. But hey, your waistline will thank you for it. 

What to order: 

Bacon butty (210) + hash brown (280) + black coffee (1) = 491 calories 

Chicken burger (450) + garden side salad (15) + diet drink (1) = 466 calories 

Four-piece chicken nuggets (190) + mozzarella sticks (210) + side garden salad (15) + diet drink (1) + BBQ dipping sauce (40) = 456 calories 

Whopper JR. sandwich (330) + emmental bites (170) = 500 calories 

Head down to your local Burger King at intu Derby, intu Lakeside, intu Merry Hill, intu Metrocentre, intu Milton Keynes and intu Watford.

Yo! Sushi

The good news? The majority of each dish at Yo! Sushi is already under 500 calories, some are as little as 51! Get creative and mix it up, but just be careful not to order more than three plates.

What to order: 

Blossom roll (199) + vegetable yakisoba (198) + beef nigiri (102) = 499 calories 

Pork teriyaki (223) + assorted nigiri maki (220) + fruit (51) = 494 calories 

Spicy chicken salad (204) + edamame (121) + Ginza strawberry cake (155) = 480 calories 

Prawn katsu curry (379) + Kaiso seaweed (120) = 499 calories 

Grab a sushi roll (or two) at Yo! Sushi located at intu Braehead, intu Watford, intu Derby, intu Chapelfield and intu Metrocentre.

KFC

The secret to a finger lickin’ good yet healthy meal at KFC is to order the small and regular size – and you just might be able to squeeze in another pot of gravy (yay!). 

What to order: 

Regular popcorn chicken (135) + regular skin on fries (270) + corn on the cob (85) + Pepsi Max (1) = 491 calories 

2 hot wings (165) + regular fries (310) + Pepsi Max (1) = 476 calories 

1 piece original chicken (245) + one regular pot of gravy (120) + regular beans (105) + Pepsi Max (1) = 471 calories 

BBQ wrap (270) + plain salad pot (185) + Pepsi Max (1) = 456 calories 

Enjoy your KFC favourites at intu Derby, intu Metrocentre, intu Eldon Square, intu Braehead, intu Lakeside, intu Merry Hill, intu Chapelfield and intu Trafford Centre.

GBK

For a quick burger fix, choose a dish from the Junior menu at Gourmet Burger Kitchen, as most items on the list are under 500 calories. Alternatively, you can always pick and mix from the sides section. 

What to order: 

Chilli fried chicken bites (289) + onion rings (171) + diet drink (1) = around 461 calories 

Small veggie classic (406) + simple salad (81) + diet drink (1) = around 488 calories 

Classic chicken (445) + jalapenos (22) + diet drink (1) = around 468 calories 

Simple salad (81) + falafel portion (230) + onion rings (171) + diet coke (1) = around 483 calories 

Dine at a Gourmet Burger Kitchen at intu Lakeside, intu Trafford Centre, intu Watford and intu Chapelfield.

Greggs

You’ll be glad to hear that Greggs actually has an array of food options that can be healthy, and yes, it includes the beloved sausage roll. Check out their Balanced Choice menu for eats under 400 calories.

What to order: 

Honey roast ham and egg salad sub roll (332) + cloudy lemonade (15) + fruit medley (72) = 419 calories 

Porridge with syrup (371) + triple Belgian chocolate mini brownie (97) + orange juice drink (10) = 478 calories 

Sausage roll (327) + raspberry and almond bake (63) + sweet mango (88) + sparkling cloudy lemonade (15) = 493 calories 

Pulled BBQ chicken brioche (321) + mixed grape pot (92) + still summer berry juice drink (55) = 468 calories 

From sandwiches to pasties, get a low-cal meal from Greggs at intu Lakeside, intu Merry Hill, intu Braehead, intu Eldon Square, intu Derby, intu Broadmarsh, intu Metrocentre and intu Victoria Centre.

Subway

Did you know that a bag of crisps eaten with a 6-inch Sub is around 500 calories? *Gasp*. When ordering a subby, select the Italian white bread (200) as this has the least amount of calories. 

What to order: 

6in Chicken and bacon ranch melt (496) + Pepsi Max (2) = 498 calories 

Veggie patty lite (221) + one cookie (220) + Pepsi Max (2) = 443 calories 

Tuna salad (187) + one cookie (220) + Pepsi Max (2) = 409 calories 

Bowl of meatballs (314) + chicken breast salad (138) + Pepsi Max (2) = 454 calories

In the mood for a sub? Get one at intu Lakeside, intu Merry Hill, intu Trafford Centre, intu Braehead, intu Derby, intu Metrocentre or intu Victoria Centre

LEON

The best thing about LEON is their ability to cater to almost all dietary requirements. From gluten-free options to meals under 500 calories, just ask your server. 

What to order:

Lentil Masala (470) + Sparkling rosemary water (20) = 490 calories 

Halloumi and mushroom pot (340) + vegan billionaire (160) = 500 calories 

Porridge with blueberries, honey and toasted seeds (352) + O’Joy orange and mango juice (73) = 425 calories 

The love burger (482) + sparkling water (0) = 482 calories 

LEON is available at intu Trafford Centre.

Pizza Hut

Splitting a pizza is the way to go when visiting your local Pizza Hut at intu – sharing is caring, after all. To cut back on even more calories, opt for the gluten-free option. Don’t forget to check out the flatbreads that are all under 550 calories. Pizza never felt so guilt-free!

What to order: 

Two slices of the small classic Margherita pizza (302) + mixed leaf salad (44) + vanilla ice cream with cookie dough (103) + diet drink (1) = around 450 calories 

Macaroni and cheese (410) + mixed leaf salad (44) + diet drink (1) = around 455 calories 

Two slices of the small classic meat feast pizza (356) + mixed leaf salad (44) + vanilla ice cream with cookie dough (103) = around 503 calories 

Two slices of the small classic chicken supreme (290) + cheese (139) + mixed leaf salad (44) + diet drink (1) = around 474 calories 

Looking to treat yourself to the best pizza? Pizza Hut is available at intu Trafford Centre, intu Metrocentre, intu Braehead, intu Merry Hill and intu Lakeside.

Prezzo

Whether you’re a hardcore vegetarian, practicing vegan or a flexitarian, not only can you dine out and easily keep your calorie count under 500, Prezzo’s menu caters to almost every dietary need too. Click here to see the full allergen menu

What to order: 

Stuffed baked mushrooms (395) + rocket salad (93) + diet drink (1) = 489 calories 

Garlic bread (271) + Tenderstem broccoli and cauliflower (88) + Mixed salad (103) + diet drink (1) = 463 calories 

Roasted salmon fillet (483) + raspberry sorbet (13) + diet drink (1) = 497 calories 

Grilled chicken breast with mushrooms (384) + rocket salad (93) + raspberry sorbet (13) = 490 calories 

Prezzo is available at intu Braehead and intu Lakeside.

ASK Italian

Avoiding calories can be difficult when it comes to Italian food, but you can opt for the slim or vegetarian options when dining at ASK Italian to keep the calorie count as low as possible. 

What to order:

Rosemary sweet potato fries (300) + spicy nibbles (167) + mixed salad (18) + diet drink (1) = 486 calories 

Minestrone soup (331) + mixed salad (18) + mango sorbet (154) = 503 calories 

Creamed spinach (166) + rosemary sweet potato fries (300) + mixed salad (18) = 484 calories 

Light butterfly prawns (114) + Italian olives (204) + yoghurt panna cotta (191) = 509 calories 

Available at intu Chapelfield, intu Eldon Square, intu Lakeside and intu Metrocentre.

Wagamama

If you’re in the mood to slurp some ramen noodles then head straight to Wagamama. There are a number of items on the menu that are below 500 calories already, so don’t be scared to have a look and mix things up. To start you off, try out some of our suggested combos below… 

What to order: 

Chicken ramen (476) + extra kimchee (13) + diet drink (1) = 490 calories 

Korean BBQ beef and red onion (334) + beef tataki side (137) + diet drink (1) = 472 calories

Pad thai salad (345) + miso soup and japanese style pickles (35) + repair juice (97) = 477 calories 

Chicken steamed gyoza (224) + tea stained egg extra (94) + pink guava and passion fruit sorbet (162) + diet drink (1) = 481 calories

Head to a Wagamama near you at intu Metrocentre, intu Derby, intu Lakeside, intu Chapelfield, intu Uxbridge and intu Trafford Centre.

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