We’ve been busy creating delicious new dishes for our new winter menu. We’ve made sure that at least 30% of every section on our main menu is made up of fantastic healthy options for you to choose from.
We’ve packed our dishes full of delicious, nutritious ingredients, especially in the Super Food section of the menu. We even have a fantastic salad that packs in all of your five-a-day! The only exception for us is desserts – because everybody deserves to treat themselves, just don’t indulge too often! However, we’re fully committed to Public Health England’s sugar reduction targets and have been working hard to reduce the amount of sugar in our favourite desserts, cutting them back by an average of 35% since 2015.
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 amazing 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 two portions 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.
Salads at Jamie’s Italian – the facts behind the dishes
We love our salads – not only are they tasty and filling, they’re also full of good stuff to keep you strong and healthy. Here’s a quick run down from our nutrition team on what makes the salads at Jamie’s Italian so super.
Classic super food salad
The base of our Classic super food salad is quinoa – a great source of protein and fibre. Plus, it’s gluten free so it’s suitable for coeliacs. Quinoa is also a source of copper which helps keep our immune systems healthy so we can fight off those winter colds.
The avocado that sits on top is a great source of vitamin E – an antioxidant that protects our cells from damage. Plus, the fat in avocados helps us to absorb certain vitamins, like the vitamin K provided by the sprouting broccoli, which helps to keep our bones strong and healthy. Not only does broccoli give us vitamin K but it also contains vitamin C which keeps our immune systems functioning properly and acts as an antioxidant to protect our cells from damage.
We pair the avocado and the broccoli with roasted beetroot which is a source of folate, which can help to prevent tiredness and fatigue. We also need folate to make proteins – the building blocks of our cells.
The fennel that runs throughout is a source of potassium, which can help to keep our blood pressure in check and our muscles functioning properly. Then, last but not least, is the sweet pops of pomegranate – a source of vitamin B6 which helps our nervous systems to function properly.
Kale super food salad
Lentils form the base of this flavoursome salad. They’re a great source of vegetarian protein, needed for muscle growth and repair, and iron. We need iron in order to make red blood cells so we can transport oxygen around the body, helping prevent tiredness and fatigue.
The all-important kale provides us with vitamin C which is vital for collagen formation, helping to keep our blood vessels, bones, teeth, gums and skin healthy. Vitamin C also increases iron absorption and helps our immune systems function. Kale is also a source of vitamin A, which we need to maintain our eyesight.
The avocado is a source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects our cells from damage. Then, as in our Classic super food, we’ve included pomegranate – a source of vitamin B6, which helps to keep our nervous system functioning properly. Plus, the vitamin C helps us absorb the iron from the lentils.
Add cottage cheese to your salad for a source of chloride which keeps our digestive system working effectively. It’s also a good source of protein, which helps to keep us full, and is low in saturated fat. If you opt for salmon, you’ll be getting vitamin D – something many of us don’t get enough of in the winter months – which help keep bones, muscles and teeth healthy as it absorbs calcium. Salmon is also a great source of heart-healthy omega-3. Add chicken breast for vitamin B6 and niacin, which aid psychological function, as well as the mineral phosphorus, which helps keep our bones strong and healthy.