We’re going to make a wild guess here and say one of your New Year’s resolutions involves being a little bit healthier/joining a gym/actually going to your gym/not eating healthily all day and then blowing it with a 3 o’clock cookie. We’ll never know if you do eat that cookie or not but what we do know is that the intentions were good. So, to help you on your way to a healthy 2016, here are 10 very appealing places to head to put your January detox into practice:
Deliciously Ella’s new deli
Ella Woodward, of globally-renowned blogger fame, has finally brought us her own stand-alone deli. Or at least her and her partners joint stand-alone deli. So we can all enjoy her healthy creations ready-made and on-the-go. Situated in Marylebone, the clean-eating café serves mix and match rainbow bowls of goodness, such as wild rice and apricot salad and turmeric roasted cauliflower with lentils and tahini. For breakfast? How about the Mae PB&J – rye toast with peanut butter, homemade apple & berry compote, maple syrup and coconut chips? Yum!
The Henry Root
Neighbourhood café in Chelsea
The Henry Root boasts a mix of comfort food classics and healthier, clean dishes. Pop along for lunch and enjoy one of their daily-changing fresh salads from the bar – think Chelsea Chopped with shaved garden vegetables, preserved Amalfi lemon, feta and toasted pumpkin seeds, or Dressed quinoa with peppers, squash, green leaves and pomegranate. They also serve cold-pressed juices to go from Radiance Cleanse, as well as healthy cacao cashew nut mylks.
Where: 9 Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: West Brompton (0.7 miles)
Nutritional goodness to go
The Detox Kitchen does have tables for you to sit in, but we like to get a big box of their seasonal, vibrant salads to go when we’re on the move as well. They have two options – take a pre-packed salad from the fridge if you’re in a real rush, or build your own from their selection of table-top salads. All dishes are free from wheat, dairy and refined sugar, celebrating good quality, whole ingredients; ideal for a tasty yet seriously healthy working lunch after the holidays.
Healthier, happier eating
The original Good Life Eatery (they’re planning to open a third site in February) on Sloane Avenue is where The Handbook first experienced a Skinny Royale for breakfast – a clean spin on Eggs Royale with poached eggs, smoked salmon and a yogurt saffron sauce on either whole grain sunflower or wheat-free rye bread. The Skinny Benedict’s another winner, adding cherry tomatoes, almond pesto and avocado to the Clarence Court poached eggs and healthy carbs. Served all day at the weekend or until 11.30am throughout the week.
Detox breakfast in the City
1 Lombard Street will be adding a range of healthy juices to the breakfast menu for January; the perfect nutrient booster to get your body back to balance again post-party season. The Dreamy Detox juice blends freshly extracted apple, lemon, cucumber, celery and ginger, while the Health Booster juices pineapple, apple, broccoli, spinach, celery, ginger, cucumber, watercress, parsley and avocado – we’re pretty sure that smashes your 5-a-day goal in one!
Where: 1 Lombard Street, London, EC3V 9AA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bank DLR Station (0 miles)
Great salads and healthy treats
They’ve not been open a year yet, but Maple & Fitz serve such a divine, detox-friendly selection of salads, sweet treats and juices that The Handbook has gone through more than three loyalty cards!! They make all their food on-site from scratch and have a cosy amount of seating upstairs in the main bar, downstairs and street-side (though we don’t recommend here in January guys!). Our favourite is Julius Ceasar – a super healthy, yummy take on the classic salad with shredded kale, romaine, mangetout, toasted buckwheat, cabbage, toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds (for crunch), pecorina and a creamy Dijon-lemon yogurt dressing.
Healthy-spin on Albion café
A seriously short-stroll from it’s sister site beneath Boundary Hotel in Shoreditch, Counter Albion is the lighter, leaner sibling, serving healthy fare throughout the day. You can grab a matcha latte in the morning, healthy salads, frittatas and quiche for lunch and stunning British charcuterie and cheese boards in the evening (not as healthy, but just as delicious!). In need of refreshment? Counter Albion stocks Botanic Lab cold-pressed juices, nut mylks and their new raw isotonic blend of activated medical-grade charcoal, cane sugar, lemon, yuzu and salt – perfect for a serious cleanse.
Where: 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DD, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street (0.1 miles)
Healthy, California-inspired food
The sunshine yellow bar stools nod to the sunny West coast of America, where Hally’s takes inspiration for their range of healthy, organic and ethical produce. They serve breakfast and lunch throughout the week, and brunch at the weekend’s, with a special ‘Dinner at Hally’s’ service on Friday and Saturday nights. Think refreshing avocado, cucumber and lime gazpacho to start, oven-roasted sole with chive-crusted new potatoes and watercress for your main, and braised pineapple with rum and coconut sorbet for a tropical ending.
For The Handbook, giving up cakes, chocolates, pastries… that’s the hardest part of the diet. We enjoy clean eating when it’s fish and veg or a big bowl of courgetti, but no cake and ice cream to end the meal? Come on! And that’s where Halva comes in – their superfood matcha cake not only uses the almighty green tea powder, but healthy goji berries as well. It is topped with a thin layer of white Valrhona chocolate, granted, but it incorporates additive and preservative-free flours and the bespoke recipe is sugar refined.
Ethos is great for affordable healthy dining. And everything here is meat-free, so count your five-a-day ticked off! The spacious restaurant offers plenty of indoor seating but you can also take-away your breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Handbook loves the gluten-free pancakes, especially with banana, chocolate chips and walnuts, while for later in the day, we always go back for the roasted cauliflower with tahini and cranberries, and the hot Thai sweetcorn fritters…