So what on the Costa menu is actually good for you? Amongst the bakewell slices and lemon drizzle cakes are menu options that seemingly tick more nutrition boxes, like the gluten-free chicken and salad wrap, and newer vegan options, like the coconut flat white. Are they worth a shot for a healthy lunch idea or coffee on the go, or are they as rammed full of additives and sugars as the cakes?
Save your daily sugar allowance for the jelly beans you’ll no doubt be necking all the way down the M4 and try these healthy options from the Costa menu.
What A Nutritionist Would Order
COSTA MENU DRINK:
CAFFE LATTE PRIMO WITH COCONUT MILK
68 calories – 2.8g fat – 6.9g carbohydrates –3.1g protein – 0.2g salt
“This is definitely my ‘pick-me-up’ drink, especially when I am on the go. I love the various dairy-free alternatives available, especially the coconut milk. It is one of the healthiest items to order from the Costa menu as studies show that coffee has many health benefits, including antioxidant properties that may contribute to the reduction of inflammation. It also contains a small amount of magnesium, which our bodies utilise to produce energy.”
COSTA MENU LIGHT BITE:
ROAST CHICKEN SALAD
233 calories – 15.9g fat – 4.6g carbohydrates – 15.3g protein – 0.8g salt
“For lunch, I would choose a salad or fresh vegetable soup that contains a good source of protein, such as meat or plant-based alternatives. Protein at every meal helps to stabilise blood sugar levels, meaning you stay fuller for longer and avoid those mid-afternoon energy dips.
The Roast Chicken Salad provides this perfect combination. The salad content not only counts towards the recommended five a day, but is also a good source of fibre. Fibre has been shown in several studies to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria, improving overall gut health and immune function
“However, the big star of this dish is the roast chicken. Chicken is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 amino acids. Protein performs a number of important functions for your body including the formation of muscle and body tissue.
“Chicken is also a good source of vitamin B3 (Niacin) that helps your body to utilise fatty acids and sugars more efficiently, and provides minerals such as phosphorus required in maintaining strong, healthy teeth and bones.”
COSTA MENU DESSERT:
423 calories – 25.8g fat – 50g carbohydrates – 7.7g protein – 0.2g salt
“Whilst I believe it is important to have a healthy balanced diet, it is just as important to allow yourself the occasional sweet ending.
“Costa’s nutty flapjack definitely hits the spot. Why? Nuts are a good source of dietary fibre and each variety offers a combination of vitamins including B vitamins and vitamin E, as well as minerals such as calcium, selenium and potassium. They also contain monounsaturated fatty-acids, a healthy fat which has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL), and a good source of omega-3, shown to aid in the reduction of inflammation as well as being good for brain and heart health.”
“The sugar content of desserts can be quite high, so why not opt to share? This is a great way to enjoy a dessert while lowering the sugar content of having a full portion.”