With the festivities over for another year and our waistlines feeling the effects of one too many mince pies, we all want to get back in shape and our bodies are craving healthy stuff. With TB_HQ being in the heart of London’s West End, we’re lucky to have plenty of healthy options right on the doorstep, so we thought we’d share a few of our favourite places to get some goodness…
One of our absolute favourites all year round, Feed Me Primal is especially appealing right now as it’s some of the tastiest food we’ve ever sampled but not naughty in the slightest. Based once a week at the hidden gem that is Startisans, an indoor street food market on Covent Garden’s Shelton Street, Feed me Primal’s food is based on the Paleo diet which is what early humans were presumed to have eaten, therefore all super fresh natural ingredients, no dairy, cereals, processed food or nasties. Paleo flatbread and caulirice has to be tasted to be believed and the handmade free-range meatballs are a wonder. Get involved…
To give yourself a healthy kick post-paleo eating, why not wash it down with a cold pressed juice? We’re big fans and they’re becoming more widely available, healthier than regular juices with up to 30% more nutrients contained in the juice and so flavoursome.
Blend & Press in Neal’s Yard offer 10 different presses from Recovery Juice with a blend of beetroot, carrot, apple mint and aloe vera, to the Clean Lean and super-green smoothie with spinach, cucumber, avocado, pineapple, parsley, apple, lime, mint, coconut water and a purifying greens complex (that’s a lot of green).
For more cold pressed juicy goodness and other super healthy things, pop over to Soho’s Detox Kitchen on Kingly Street (or their other outlet at Fitzroy Place on Mortimer Street in Fitzrovia) for a scrumptious selection of detox friendly bites, free from wheat, dairy and refined sugar, but with lots of green (other healthy colours are available…)
Back in Neal’s yard, that epicentre of healthy living (if you don’t count the legendary cheese shop from Neal’s Yard Dairy and our favourite Pizza spot, Homeslice), you’ll find the perennial favourite Wild Food Café that celebrates raw, fresh and wild food, it really doesn’t get more healthy than this!
You can dine on a veggie/vegan friendly ‘Bacon’ & ‘Mozzarella’ sandwich served with ace kale chips, or perhaps the Wild Burger (olive & shitake with a cultured wild sauce, salsa verde and babaganoush) served with a side of sweet potato wedges (sounds naughty, isn’t) and if you really can’t shake those post Christmas cravings for sweet stuff, you can follow up with a raw chocolate tart (it’s chocolate Jim, but not as we know it…)
Crussh is one of London’s more established juice bars, but with outlets in Soho, Fitzrovia, Bloomsbury and Covent Garden (next to Charing Cross station) they deliver the (healthy) goods every time and super handy when we’re on the run around our patch. They offer juices (regular and cold pressed), smoothies, super smoothies (to which you can add various healthy boosters) as well as soups, salads, noodles, health-pots and various breakfast goodies so something for any time of day.
And if you really want to go for it, get over to Juice Tonic on Winnett Street in Soho where you can order from a range of specific juice cleanse programmes to really get you back in tip top condition. From the ‘Tonic Tune-Up’ to the ‘Biological Reset’ or even a ‘build your own cleanse’, this three day juice cleanse is a certain way to get out with the bad, and in with the good. Or if you don’t feel up to the full on programme, perhaps just pop in for one of their Pharmacy Shots to give you a little boost.