We’ve been busy creating delicious new dishes for our new autumn/winter menu for 2016. We’ve made sure that at least 30% of every section of our main menu is made up of fantastic healthy options for you to choose from.
We’ve taken inspiration from Jamie’s latest book, Family Super Food Classics, and have packed our dishes full of delicious, nutritious ingredients, especially in the Super Food section of the menu. The only exception for us is desserts – because everybody deserves to treat themselves, just don’t indulge too often! However, we’ve also been working hard to reduce the amount of sugar in our favourite desserts, cutting them back by as much 34%.
We’ve put the nutritional information for of all our dishes on our website to help you decide what to eat and make more informed choices when you visit one of our restaurants. Our staff will also be able to provide you with this information on request.
While we were creating our beautiful, healthy meal options, we aimed to hit some really specific nutrition targets. Each healthy main meal should contain less than 35% of an adult’s Reference Intake (RI) for calories and saturated fat, and less than 25% of an adult’s RI for salt. We also try, wherever we can, to make sure that as many of our meals as possible are balanced, and contain the correct amount of each food group.
We’ve also been working really hard on creating our award-winning kids’ menu for your little ones to enjoy. Every meal is completely balanced, containing all the food groups that growing children need. All meals meet our healthy eating targets for children and contain at least one portion of a child’s recommended five portions of fruit and veg a day.
Of course, we know that everyone likes to indulge a little every now and then for a special occasion, so there are still some dishes on the menu that should be considered a treat. But, whatever the dish, we are always committed to nutrition. We do lots of of work behind-the-scenes, giving our staff nutrition training and carrying out regular, random tests on our meals to make sure that our nutritional information is consistently correct. It’s important to us that all the dishes served in every one of our restaurants is in-line with our high nutritional standards. We’ve even signed up to two pledges with the Department of Health, promising to minimise the salt content of our dishes and work with our suppliers to reduce the salt content of the ingredients they provide us with.
We have also introduced our own levy on sugar-sweetened soft drinks. We are not completely anti-sugar – we believe that the occasional sugar-sweetened soft drink or dessert on special occasions can have a place in a balanced diet. However, we hope that the levy will raise awareness that sugary soft drinks shouldn’t be relied upon as our main source of hydration. These drinks are the single largest source of sugar in children’s diets in the UK therefore, we have added 10p to the price of all soft drinks containing added sugar. The money raised will be spent on vital children’s food education in the UK. For more information visit childrenshealthfund.org.uk.
Whatever you choose to eat at Jamie’s Italian, a balanced diet and regular exercise is still the key to a healthy lifestyle. The nutritional information supplied for our dishes is based on theoretical data using the recipes that our chefs work to. While we try our best to ensure consistency across all of our dishes, the nutritional values of individual dishes may vary from the information published. Please use this information as a guideline only.
Prices and provenance may vary so please check the menu at your local Jamie’s Italian for exact details.