On The Skinny Kitchen Menu we like to let you know exactly what you are eating, so you can get it right for your diet. The macros are displayed under each meal, but not everyone is an expert, and they can sometimes seem a little confusing.
Being a gym based, protein restaurant we know most of our customers understand, but for the newbies, let us try to explain!
We dont like to put too much emphasis on calories, as where the caloires are coming from (carbs, fat or protein) is much more important. You could consume 500 calories eating a bag of jelly beans or 500 calories eating grilled chicken with sweet potato mash. Obviously one is much heathlier, even though they are the same amount of calories.
Having fat in your diet is nothing to be afraid of, it’s vital to your body. We use fat for brain function and to maintain healthy skin. If we consume extra calories but do not use them immediately they are stored in fat cells. Fats are made up of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. It is best to keep saturated fats to less than 6% of your daily calorie intake as these can lead to high cholesterol. Examples of saturated fat (usually from animal products) butter, cheese, cream, milk, fatty meats. However, eating unsaturated fat can actually lower cholesterol. There are two types; monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.
Monounsaturated - Olive oil, peanuts, avocado, sunflower oil
Polyunsaturated - Flaxseed, walnuts, salmon
Look for ‘high in omega 3/6’ symbol on our menu to get your healthy fats.
Carbs are the main source of energy for the body and the first type of energy the body used (before protein or fat) It is recommended that 40-60% of our energy comes from carbs, there is no reason to be afraid of carbs as long as you are eating the right type. Without carbs in our diet our muscles are left unprotected as the body will start to use protein from our muscles for energy. At The Skinny Kitchen our menu consists of good carbs such as; sweet potato, wholemeal or sourdough bread, oats, fruit and pulses, to name a few.
Your body uses protein to build new cells, maintain tissues, and synthesize new proteins. Every cell in the human body contains protein. The word comes from the Greek word ‘protos’ meaning ‘first rank or position’ - that’s how important it is! 15% of our diet should be made up of protein but if you are training hard, you meed more.
Our healhty food menu is avaialble in our three restaurants in Bournemouth and Ibiza. Find us here