As it’s January, there is a certain amount of focus on trying to stick to our New Year’s resolutions. This means when travelling, for work or pleasure, as well as in our usual routines. It is such breaks from the norm that can see the best of intentions slip by the wayside, but grabbing a healthy bite to eat in The City is easy with one of these fine establishments.
Proving that healthy food doesn’t have to be boring, chef Yotam Ottolenghi has made his Middle Eastern style of eating accessible to the masses through his own mini-chain. Choose from a wide array of fresh salads in just about every colour imaginable and refuel with his energising light bites. The Spitalfields location is the largest of the delis in the chain and sits up to 70 people, but those in a rush can also grab their lunch to go.
There are several branches of Vital Ingredient scattered around The City, meaning you’re bound to come across one when your stomach starts to rumble. The main draw here are the salads, which can be adapted to suit your tastes or indeed your dietary requirements. Going veggie for January? No worries, simply opt for exciting versions including smoked tofu. There are also flatbreads and fruit pots to help sate your appetite.
It may be the huge self service salad bar, which changes daily that draws you in, but there are plenty of other options that may also tempt you. Stick to the salads and you will find everything from three-bean to tuna nicoise to refuel you for the rest of the day. Available in five different locations, the one on Cannon Street is particularly handy for those staying and working in The City. You can also grab a delicious cup of coffee to accompany your meal, unless cutting down on caffeine is another of your New Year’s resolutions.
Anyone who finds cutting down on meat a difficult task may wish to fill the void with seafood instead. A great alternative, fish, oysters, crab and all manner of other delights from the ocean tend to be good for your health and a pleasure to eat at the same time. You can’t beat the selection at the Wright Brothers’ establishment in Spitalfields Market, where the huge tanks ensure the seafood is at its freshest.
An Italian chef cooking up organic, vegetarian meals sounds like a recipe for success and since 2010 it seems to have been proving this theory right. The motto of Pasquale Amico and his team is green thinking; better living, which is a good way to start the year. This is vegetarian food at its most exciting, as traditional Italian recipes are mixed with innovative techniques to make the most of seasonal ingredients. So good you’ll forget you are trying to cut down on meat. Dishes are also available to take away.
If you want to grab some healthy ingredients to rustle up an evening meal in your serviced apartment kitchen, then Planet Organic is a great option. Here you’ll find all the trendiest and most sustainable superfoods and delicious produce you could possibly need. There are also a number of ready-to-eat options, including items from The Detox Kitchen’s grab + go range.