Pret a Manger’s Christmas menu includes a tempting range of seasonal sandwiches, cakes, drinks and snacks, but some contain rather more calories than you may think.
While Pret's website supplies all the relevant nutritional information, I’ve calculated the traffic light nutrition guidelines for each product so you can see at a glance just how healthy (or not) each Christmas menu item is.
This may be helpful for those on calorie controlled diets, or who need to keep a check on their fat and salt intake. And of course, for everyone else who's just curious!
Every sandwich and baguette sold this Christmas, donates 5p to a fund which is going towards helping to break the cycle of homelessness.
Pret a Manger Christmas Menu 2012
Pret's Christmas Lunch
This is Christmas lunch stuffed into a sandwich. It’s made with two slices of malted wholegrain bread, filled with turkey, pork stuffing, cranberry sauce, crispy onions, baby leaf spinach, Pret’s seasoning and free-range mayonnaise.
Per average 228g sandwich: 582 calories,
10.2g sugar, 29.2g fat, 7.4g saturates, 0.987g sodium.
Pret's Nuts About Christmas
This one’s for the veggies. Like Pret’s Christmas lunch, this sandwich is made with malted wholegrain bread and is filled with baked nut roast, cranberry sauce, grilled carrot, crispy onions, spinach, Pret’s seasoning and free-range mayonnaise.
Per average 236g sandwich: 547 calories,
9.2g sugars, 31.2g fat, 5.1g saturates, 0.448g sodium.
Pret's Ham & Festive Chutney on Artisan
Pret’s Ham & Festive Chutney is piled into a freshly baked sourdough baguette. It’s spread with French unsalted butter, and filled with Wiltshire cured ham, festive chutney (plums, molasses, vinegar and onions) and baby leaf spinach.
Per average 227g baguette: 491 calories,
6.6g sugars, 16.8g fat, 8.1g saturates, 1.407g sodium.
Ham Hock Soup
Hot soup on a freezing winter day is the perfect way to fill up while warming your insides. This festive soup is chock full of chunky veggies and pulses including potatoes, peas, leeks, celery, broad beans and split peas. Then there’s the shredded ham hock and a sprinkling of parsley with an indulgent swirl of cream.
Per average 370g pot: 410 calories,
5.2g sugars, 18.9g fat, 10g saturates, 1.028g sodium.
Pret's Festive Trifle
This is one trifle not to be missed. If you’re calorie counting, make sure you leave enough room for this festive trifle from Pret. It’s made with a spiced compote, ginger sponge, plum jelly, vanilla custard, cinnamon and a nutmeg star.
Per average 120g trifle: 246 calories,
22.8g sugars, 15.9g fat, 9.8g saturates, 0.018g sodium.
Hansel, the Gingerbread Snowman
This is Hansel, the gingerbread snowman who has been handmade in Yorkshire to a traditional recipe. It’s a lovely sweet, crunchy ginger biscuit decorated with jelly sweets for buttons, icing for a scarf, eyes and nose.
Per average 48g gingerbread: 206 calories,
23.8g sugars, 7.6g fat, 3.6g saturates, 0.1805g sodium.
This one’s good for those who can’t decide whether they want a mince pie, shortbread or a crumble dessert. The Crimble Crumble has all three with a layer of shortbread and mincemeat with a crumble on top.
Per average 75g crumble: 345 calories,
28.1g sugars, 11.5g fat, 8.3g saturates, 0.0947g sodium.
You only see them at Christmas and here’s Pret’s version which is handmade in Yorkshire by artisanal bakers to a traditional recipe. They’re topped with the Pret star and dusted with icing sugar.
Per average 60g mince pie: 241 calories,
20.4g sugars, 11.6g fat, 7.3g saturates, 0.081g sodium.
Caramel Coffee Crackle Popcorn
Popcorn is enjoyed at all times of the year. However, this delicious caramel & coffee butterfly popcorn is included in Pret’s Christmas menu. It’s covered with a brittle coffee caramel and is totally moreish.
Per average 55g bag of popcorn: 248 calories,
22.8g sugars, 8.4g fat, 1.7g saturates, 0.057g sodium.
Clementines abound in the stores around this time of year. But have you ever tried drinking their juice? It’s very tangy and makes a refreshing change to orange juice.
Per average 250ml drink: 93 calories,
20.8g sugars, 0g fat, 0g saturates, 0.0g sodium.
Merry Berry Latte
No, it's not an invention by Mary Berry! This festive coffee from Pret is made with Organic Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance Coffee Beans, Rachel's organic milk and a drizzle of hazelnut syrup and blackberry syrup for a unique festive coffee taste.
Per average 295ml cup: 145 calories,
26.9g sugars, 0.6g fat, 0.3g saturates,0.01g sodium.
Note: Most of Pret’s products are made freshly each day so the nutritional values provided are averages.
© Diets and Calories 2012