London's healthy food places you need to visitDate: 11 Oct 2016
London is bursting with all natural, organic, nutritious food outlets, but ironically, you've got to take these places that have the ‘healthy’ credentials with a pinch of salt. That’s why we’ve got together a list of all our favourite spots to go green. Trust us, we’ve trialled quite a number in the vicinity our Shoreditch aparthotel - and no, you don’t have to be completely vegan for them.
When you need a protein fix…
The Good Life Eatery
20 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8LB
This place was recently hailed as the superfood café for the health-conscious who refuse to eat green sludge. Substantial, nutritional, tasty dishes are the theme at The Good Life Eatery, with a selection of Warm Bowls - such as the Lean Machine (sweet potato falafel) or the El Pollo Loco, (honey mustard chicken) all on a ‘base’ of brown rice or quinoa. Add extra protein portions of chicken, teriyaki salmon or tofu if you’re looking for those post-gym gains.
The Good Life Eatery does an effective job of making mouth-watering food without compromising on taste, so you can save your cheat day for the weekends. If you’re one of those ‘intolerant eaters’, The Good Life will ensure you’ll be able to fit into your Levi’s after a meal with its various gluten and lactose free options, not to mention vegan and sugar-free choices.
The price? Well, let’s just say that moving to Bolivia might be the only way of getting cheap quinoa dishes these days.
Tip: Try the chestnut and almond gluten-free waffles with coconut yoghurt and cranberry sprinkle.
When you’re feeling almost too healthy…
10 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PJ
The Detox Kitchen offers fresh, bold and delicious dishes that are social-media worthy and will help you forget you had one too many IPA’s last night.
The brunch menu offers the likes of avocado, hummus and tomato egg wraps and avocado, mint and coriander on rye bread. The lunchtime setup is an array of complex salads to which you can add a main for £3 - a protein hit such as the salmon burger or baked aubergine for the vegans.
This string of London Delis offers deliver-to-your-door meal packages, like your own personal nutritionist. The packages cater to your lifestyle. For the ultimate cleanse, go for the Green option. For the gym enthusiasts, choose Active Protein.
Tip: Try the blended cashew, rice milk and cinnamon smoothie after your HIIT workout instead of the regular protein shake.
When you’re on the run…
3 Crispin Place, London E1 6DW
We typically steer away from chains but had to make an exception for this one. Leon is the angelic alter ego of McDonalds but free of the carbon footprint and unhealthily guilty conscience. They offer convenient, tasty, healthy food.
This mecca for The City’s workforce has freshly made Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, where you order, collect and dine.
Tip: Try the salmon avocado pot for breakfast
When you’re feeling ‘Hygge’…
Snaps + Rye
93 Golborne Road, Notting Hill, London W10 5NL
If you were anticipating this Nordic haunt of Notting Hill to be inhabited by modern day hipster Vikings, you were right.
Snaps + Rye’s speciality is its open sandwiches, known as ‘Smørrebrød’.
If you’re thinking ‘give me something a little more revolutionary…’. Don’t underestimate the Scandinavians: the Danish toast has more on than your weekday diaries, just of the scrambled egg or salmon kind, then intricately decorated with anything from samphire and cucumber to smoked eel or prawns.
The minds behind Snaps + Rye have championed the Danish lifestyle premise of ‘Hygge’ - the appreciation of the comforting things in life. We like Hygge nearly as much as we like the Akvavit (a Danish herb-spiced spirit) - forget the schnapps, our Friday nights are fuelled on this stuff now.
Tip: Next time you brunch, go Danish with the House-Cured Var Salmon, scrambled eggs, and homemade rye bread
54 Paul St, London EC2A 4LN
This ray of California sunshine reared just off the silicon roundabout offers fresh, healthy takeaway food in what appears to be the least likely of places. Not only does the location make Bel-air great for the tech crowd, but their dishes such as the ginger, coriander and lime crab cakes can be ordered straight from your iPhone with the new Facebook beacons app.
The catch? Well, this sunny café shuts at 3pm so if your app development inspiration only comes after noon, we recommend you try Redemption Shoreditch on Old Street.
Tip: You’ve got to try the ‘Fresh Prince’ – a zesty shot of fennel, cucumber, ginger and mint to kick-start your morning.
Wild Food Café
14 Neal's Yard, London WC2H 9DP
This raw-centric hangout is growing faster than you can say ‘dairy-free’ - offering the epitome of all things vegan and definitely not cooked above body temperature. Claiming to make you light up like a pinball machine, this place’s food focuses on nourishment and vitality - everything is organic and locally sourced.
Unfortunately, if you’re craving some real food, this place can only offer hemp-almond-macadamia cheese and barbecue-pulled jack fruit in its salads, maybe not that Leon chicken burger you admit, you were craving.
Tip: Try the Tomato Confetti Courgetti Spaghetti with pine nut parmesan