The Surprising Calorie Counts That Food Chains Don’t Want You to Know About

Eating out is supposed to be a pleasure. It’s meant to be a special treat, and for most of us, the time when we mentally unbutton our jeans and prepare for a feast. However, if you are counting the calories when you eat out, then you should prepare to be shocked. That healthier choice that you’ve opted for, may not always be as healthy as you think. Let’s take a look…

Domino’s Big Garlic and Herb Dip

First things first: we all know that the garlic and herb dip is the best thing about ordering a Dominos pizza. However, the 100g tub of delicious dip contains 675 calories – more than a third of the recommended daily calorie intake for women. Yes, the big dip is made for sharing but let’s be honest, we don’t share. The single size pots are 169 calories, so maybe stick with that if you’re on a diet – but if you’re on a diet, you’re probably not going to be eating pizza, right?

Nando’s Peri Peri Houmous

Ah, houmous, a delicious chickpea dip that is relatively healthy. At Nando’s, it makes a yummy starter served with pitta bread. However, it also racks up an astonishing 800 calories! That’s more than eight chicken wings. Yes, you’re probably meant to share, but again, you probably don’t! Damn you Nando’s…

Prezzo Crab Cake Starter

Crab cakes make a nice starter if you’re feeling a bit posh, and they shouldn’t be too unhealthy right? According to the Metro, Prezzo’s crab cake starter actually comes in at 800 calories! For a starter! We were unable to verify this ourselves as the Prezzo website doesn’t show calories, but we think we’ll stick to the pizza or pasta next time.

Wagamama Chicken Katsu Curry

Wagamama is a food chain that is kind of guilt free. I mean, it’s not like Mcdonald’s where you know everything is a bit naughty. If you’re under that impression, then you’ll be shocked to know that Wagamama’s chicken katsu curry comes in at 1145 calories. That’s the same amount as six slices of pizza from Domino’s. Not so guilt-free after all!

Wetherspoons Drinks

Who doesn’t love a cheap and cheerful Spoons night out? You can get a pint and a burger for £6. However, whilst you’re sinking back those pints, you may be surprised to hear of their calorie count. A pint of Stella Artois? 227 calories. Guinness? 204. A 250ml glass of Bollot Pinot Grigio? 185 calories. Gordon’s gin is actually the healthiest option with 53 calories. We all know alcohol has empty calories, but it’s shocking to see the stats in front of you!

Starbucks Frappucinos

An ice-cold Starbucks Frappuccino is great on a summer’s day, but it comes at a cost. A vanilla frappuccino is 430 calories, whilst a caramel frappuccino is 410. Fear not, if you still want to enjoy a cold drink without the calories, opt for an iced skinny mocha which only has 100 calories.

And the healthy options…


Greggs first unveiled a healthy menu in summer 2016, and it has added to it once again for this year. There is a coconut, lime and chilli chicken salad which comes in at less than 400 calories. Other options include a Mexican chicken salad, a Falafel and grains salad and a cheese and tomato pasta salad. In a sales report earlier this year, Greggs revealed that their healthy range now accounts for 10% of all sales, so they’re clearly doing something right.


Subway is generally understood to be one of the healthiest food chains, as you can pile on as many vegetables as you want. Even Khloe Kardashian herself has endorsed a healthy option from Subway – the 6-inch turkey sub on 9-grain wheat. She advises skipping any sauces and loading up on as much veg as possible.

Pizza Express

Pizza Express has a lighter menu, where everything is lower in calories. The Leggera Pollo ad Astra is a pizza with a thinner base and lots of salad, and it comes in at less than 500 calories.

At Head Office, we think if you’re going to eat out, you should enjoy yourself. However, its great to be aware of what you’re putting in your body! Don’t just look at the calories – look at things like protein and fats, as even the lowest calorie options can be high in sugar and saturated fats.

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