The right nutrition is as important as your workout, so you need to make sure you’re getting enough of the good stuff after your sweat session. However, it can be difficult to find some of the capital’s best healthy hangouts, so we spoke to Angelica Malin, from food and lifestyle blog About Time Magazine, and asked for her top healthy hangouts. So whether you’re looking for a breakfast boost, a late lunch – or perhaps a power smoothie, we have the lowdown in London.
Today our focus is breakfast, because we all know it’s the most important meal of the day.
For a healthy breakfast: The Good Life Eatery
The Good Life Eatery is well-known on the trendy health circuit for their quick, healthy lunches and power breakfasts. You can’t miss their Skinny Benedict with poached eggs, pesto tomatoes, avocado and yogurt saffron sauce. Their Acai Bowl with homemade gluten-free granola, acai puree, strawberry, banana, blueberry, and bee pollen is also fantastic. For a seriously good salad, pick the Goodness Bowl, packed full of sweet potato falafel, lentil and spelt salad. Pair your salad with one of their vegetable juices, which come in a range of different flavours including Lucky 7 with beetroot, green apple and pineapple. Don’t leave without buying a slice of kale-lime pie either!
Where: 59 Sloane Avenue, London, SW3 3DH
For a truly virtuous breakfast: Tanya’s Cafe
Everything at Tanya’s is raw, plant-based, hand-picked, organically grown, ethically sourced, and free from refined sugar, dairy or gluten. For breakfast, their avocado on toast and raw granola are particular favourites, and expect great salads at lunch time and killer smoothies. For breakfast, try the Floral Chia – dates, coconut milk, lucuma, stevia, banana, fresh mint and calendula flowers. Their cold-pressed juices are outrageously good, packed full of flavour and with all the fruity goodness you might expect. Their nut milk coffees for breakfast are a great change from the usual sugar-loaded, whipped cream monstrosities you see on the breakfast run. Try the smoothie with hazelnut milk, dates and vanilla – it’s a great morning pick-me-up.
Where: 35 Ixworth Pl, London SW3 3QX
For DIY breakfasts: Bel-Air
Open for breakfast and lunch, Bel-Air is all about sunshine. The menu takes its inspiration from California – light, healthy dishes packed with flavour whilst using only the best, natural ingredients and fresh produce. They have a ‘Build your own Breakfast’ bar, including buckwheat porridge, homemade pineapple and coconut granola, or jumbo rolled oats as a base – topped with homemade coconut yoghurt, almond milk or Greek yoghurt. There are be three types of free-range breakfast eggs – Healthy Hangover Hash with chorizo, grated courgette, smoked paprika, Shakshuka and the Muscle Beach, a minute steak served with a poached egg and smoky spinach and sweet potato hash.
Where: 54 Paul Street, EC2A 4LN
For protein smoothies: PRESS London
PRESS believes that life can be enhanced every single day through the small choices that we make which excel us towards a healthier lifestyle. They create fantastic cold-pressed juices which are pure and un-altered, which are a great way to boost some goodness into your day. Their cold-pressed juices are also double filtered, meaning the texture, flavour and quality is maintained consistently throughout every single product, without the pulp or froth. Order The Warrior Shake - a combination of Vanilla Leche milk, which is a sweet blend of rice, almond and dates, plus goodness from bananas, coconut and an added shot of protein.
Where: 6 Denman St, London W1D 7HX