NEW YEAR, NEW YOU?
We all have good intentions for the New Year, but most of us restrict ourselves so much that we’re reaching for the fast food as soon as you can say the 7th January.
I myself like to get back onto the healthy footing as soon as possible after Christmas, otherwise I feel miserable and sluggish. But as someone who’s birthday falls on the 3rd Jan (yeah, thanks parents!) I still want to head out to see friends, without living on air and water.
Within reason and just by cutting down slowly to cleaner foods again, it’s very simple to get yourself back on track. Now healthy dining in London is even easier with a lovely selection of wonderful restaurants and café’s popping up all over the capital.
And guess what? They’re not just serving side salads!
Best for Paleo and free-from dishes
Westbourne Grove (Paleo, free-from & catering for veggies)
With an emphasis on food groups consumed during the paleolithic era, Pure Taste, has a menu that excludes dairy products, grains, legumes, processed oils or refined sugars, instead focussing on protein-rich and high-fibre options all served in a beautiful setting.
Best for lunches and Superfood cocktails
Chelsea (Raw, Vegan)
Providing beautifully presented and nourishing dishes, this Chelsea eatery boasts an enormous range of plant based, organic breakfasts, lunches and have just opened a dinner service. They are the only bar in Europe that mix organic spirits with only Superfoods and cold-pressed juices.
Everything is organic, hand picked and raw. What’s not to love!?
Best for Nutritious meals and cleanse programmes
Notting Hill (Artisan Raw Foods)
Another raw food restaurant based in Notting Hill, London. Just off Talbot Road, in quiet surroundings nama offer raw food courses, catering, raw food cleanses, juice cleanses, and all manner of information on the raw food lifestyle.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this is a little nirvana, that will have your taste buds thanking you!
Best for a chilled vibe, socialising and Raw food Courses
Covent Garden (Raw and Vegan)
A lovely chilled little place for a last minute healthy eat with friends or a partner. Tucked away in Covent Garden’s Neal’s Yard, Wild Food Cafe is a raw-centric restaurant focusing on wild, fresh, colourful gourmet ingredients & plant-based (vegan and vegetarian) cuisine.
As much as possible Wild Food source ingredients from independent suppliers and organic producers, making sure to always include wild foraged food into their recipes. All food is made daily on the premises and sourced where possible from independent suppliers and Organic producers.
Wild Food also offer numerous raw food courses, check them out!
Best Vegetarian Buffet
Set in the food courtyard just off Regent Street, this is a quirky way of picking up food where you choose from the beautifully laid out buffet and pay by weight at the bar. The vegetarian main courses include hot and cold dishes, plus desserts which are to die for.
The falafel and hummus are particularly good!
Best Mexican Street Food
Wimbledon and Central London
An old favorite of mine! If you’re looking for fresh, yummy Mexican street food then look no further then Wahaca. The staff in my particular Wimbledon branch are attentive and great at advising on dishes and their suitability to any specific dietary requirements. For a healthier option stick to the non-fried dishes, which your server will be able to advise you on.
Best for healthy on to go lunches
Various locations across London
These guys serve massive portions of fresh and wholesome salads. On my recent trip to the Chop’d in Selfridges, they had an array of Quinoa, salmon, prawns and gorgeous fresh leaves and veggies; Chop’d also do some wonderful soups and snacks.