Dining Out Guide

Eating Healthy at Uno Chicago Grill

From SparkPeople’s Editors

Uno Chicago Grill is known for the deep-dish pizza favored in the Windy City. With more space for toppings in that crust, Chicago-style pizza is not known for being light. One slice of the deep-dish pizza here has at least 500 calories and 35 g fat. While the franchise is known for its pies, the menu does have plenty of other options.

  • Uno's, as the chain is colloquially known, does a great job of disclosing nutrition info online. If you want to eat here, plan ahead. The nutrition info and ingredient lists are available for every menu item, and you can choose categories such as under 500 calories, under 750 mg sodium, vegetarian, gluten free and even greater than 5 g dietary fiber! That said, if you are watching calories and sodium, skip the pizzas.

  • As at any restaurant, sodium levels are higher than you might prefer.

  • While Uno's discloses all nutrition info, most entrees are considered to be two servings. Eating the entire entree would double the amount listed.

  • Items are free of artificial trans fats per serving; however, it is important to take note of the 'per serving' notation. Since most entree sizes are intended to be two or more servings, you will likely get 1-2 g artificial trans fat if you consume the entire amount served as .5 g trans fat or less per serving can legally be reported as containing no trans fat.

  • Ordering multi-grain dishes typically tends to be a healthier option. At this restaurant, the multi-grain pasta is Barilla brand.

  • When selecting a salad, your best options would be the Watermelon Blueberry Salad (240 calories, 7 g fat, 620 mg sodium) or the House Salad with Grilled Chicken (160 calories, 7 g fat, 390 mg sodium). The Fat Free Vinaigrette would be your best dressing choice (30 calories, 0 g fat, 200 mg sodium). Another good option would be the Low Fat Blueberry Pomegranate Vinaigrette (60 calories, 3 g fat).

  • When selecting a sandwich, your best choice would be the Grilled Chicken Sandwich (380 calories, 13 g fat, but 1,010 mg sodium). A good vegetarian choice would be the Roasted Vegetable & Feta Wrap (220 calories, 10 g fat, and 620 mg sodium).

  • Your best chicken choice would be the Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa which has 110 calories, 3 g fat, and 520 mg sodium per serving. This dish, like all entrees, also comes with an Uno breadstick, (210 calories, 13 g fat, 460 mg sodium).

  • Soups can be a safe, healthy bet at most restaurants. Many soup choices are low in calorie and fat content; however, sodium can still be high so if that is of concern, use caution when making your selection. Beef Barley Soup has just 90 calories and 1.5 g fat but 700 mg sodium. Black Bean Lentil Soup contains 150 calories and 3 g fat, but 820 mg sodium. Veggie Soup provides 90 calories, 1 g fat, and 620 mg sodium; Tuscan Pesto Minestrone Soup has 100 calories, 2 g fat, and 930 mg sodium. Italian Wedding Soup has 120 calories, 3.5 g fat, and 730 mg sodium.

  • If you are really in the mood to boost your iron intake from a good steak, the 8 oz Top Sirloin might be just what you are craving, with 200 calories, 7 g fat, 310 mg sodium and 33 g protein per 4 oz serving. If seafood is more what you had in mind, give the Grilled and Skewered BBQ Shrimp (170 calories, 1 g fat, and 690 mg sodium) a shot. The Grilled Mahi-Mahi with Mango Salsa (with 120 calories, 1 g fat, and 490 mg sodium) per serving is another good option to try.

  • A couple other things are important to note. Pizza, pasta and dessert choices will be hard to stay within our suggested guidelines unless you have a very small portion. Most of the chicken, steak or seafood choices listed above come with side items as well. Some of your better side choices include Steamed or Roasted Seasonal Vegetables, Steamed Broccoli and Brown Rice with Cranberries and Mango. Remember that these will add to your meal nutrition totals, although the side items portion are one serving each. It would still be a good idea to cut your entire meal in half to keep under the recommended 500 calories and 20 g fat.

  • This restaurant provides detailed nutrition info on its website.

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