Food & Nutrition

The healthiest things to order from the chip shop (top 6)

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Published by Finn Hayden

We love a chippy here in the UK, with a recent poll showing that we love fish and chips as a takeaway almost as much as we love an Indian takeaway, which is really saying a lot. And as we previously showed with an Indian takeaway, you can actually get a healthy option from the chip shop if you want, you just need to know what to order. We wanted to round up the healthiest things to order from the chip shop if you want to save on calories without compromising on taste. Let's get into it:

Single fish

One of the easiest ways to save big on calories at the chip shop is to ditch the chips, so instead of going for a the classic fish and chips, why not try ordering a single fish instead. The great thing about fish is that it’s quite filling, so you can order a single fish and feel satisfied with your meal. Typically, most chip shops in the UK will serve haddock as their main fish, and this is a great option - haddock is high in protein and low in calories, plus it's packed with B vitamins.
single fish

Smoked Sausage

Most things you’ll order from a chip shop are battered, and the batter is typically made from high calorie flour. But smoked sausage is an example of something which you can order from most chips shops that isn’t covered in batter, making it quite a healthy option. Most chip shops will use a smoked sausage from a brand such as Mattesons, and the smoked sausages from this brand are packed with protein, with almost 10g of protein per sausage.

smoked sausage at the chippy

Onion Rings

If you’re craving chips but you want something healthier then onion rings are a great compromise - they’re battered so you’ll still get the crunch and taste of chips or something battered, but onion is much healthier than potato. Onions are rich in antioxidants and fibre, which not only makes them healthy but also makes them quite filling (fibre makes you feel full), so you're less likely to over-indulge.
Onion rings

Pickled Eggs

Bear with us here - pickled eggs might sound disgusting, but they’re actually pretty tasty. And more importantly, they’re pretty healthy and you’ll find a jar of pickled eggs in most chip shops. Eggs are high in protein which not only helps to build and repair muscle, but it also makes you feel full. Eggs are also high in vitamins and minerals. The pickled taste of the egg makes it feel like a treat, and you could ask the chip shop to serve you a couple or eggs alongside a scoop of chips and you’ll have a pretty healthy meal.
Pickled Eggs

Battered Mushrooms

Similar to onion rings, ordering battered mushrooms at the chip shop allows you to enjoy a battered option which isn’t too high in calories. Mushrooms are also packed with goodness such as Vitamin D, and because they're one of the only non-animal sources of Vitamin D, battered mushrooms are a great option for vegans to order from the chip shop (just make sure that the batter used is vegan too).
battered mushrooms

Chicken bites

If you’re not a fan of fish then you can often order chicken from a chip shop instead, but make sure you go for something like chicken fillet bites instead of chicken nuggets. Chicken nuggets are typically heavily processed, whereas chicken fillet bites are usually just fresh chicken which is covered in batter. Chicken is a great source of protein and low in calories.
We hope this guide helps you to order something healthy from the chip shop. Let us know if you've tried any of these orders and what you think of them!

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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