Happy, healthy and wholesome London

It’s quite amazing how much time we spend talking about getting healthy, eating healthy and just generally improving our physical well being through food, but how little time we spend actually doing anything about it. The matter usually seems to resolve itself at, ‘Oh, I need to diet’, or ‘I seriously need to get healthy/eat healthy’. Now, don’t get be wrong. I’m not renouncing the world of fine dining or carnivorism just yet, but thought that as I love to eat out very regularly, it would be great to actually discover what London has to offer by way of good, wholesome food that doesn’t launch an attack against your body whether obviously or very subtly.

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Here are a list of places, ever growing, of places in London where I feel one can have a lovely, tasty and yet light meal, satisfying taste buds, hunger, and overall feel-goodness.

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Blue Legume: Laid back restaurant on Upper Street with a good selection of vegetarian dishes and a salad bar. Also really good are the non-vegetarian salads. Tip: try the teriyaki glazed salmon salad! Yummy goodness. Suitable for vegetarians.

Inspiral Lounge, Camden: Tiny place but with a counter full of vegan, raw and vegetarian goodies. All seriously good, and with great smoothies, juices to bolster your system, this place is a winner. Tip Definitely have the raw cheesecakes. I had passionfruit, and it was better and lighter than most cheesecakes I’ve ever had! Seriously amazing.

Ottolenghi: Restaurant/deli in Islington with a fabulous daily-changing array of salads and desserts. Expensive, but worth every penny. Delicious every single time. Hot food menu served in the evenings. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans. One of my absolute favourites.

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Saf: Organic, vegan, raw friendly fine dining in Shoreditch and Kensington. Organic or bio-dynamic wines, fabulous juices, cross-cultural flavours, a very satisfying meal. Suitable for vegans, vegetarians, raw foodies.

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Tas: A chain of Turkish restaurants located in Southbank, London Bridge, British Museum and the Cut. Everything on there is freshly cooked, light, nutritious and very tasty. Tip: Ask for the chilli relish! Their rice pudding with orange blossom is one of my favourites, as is the Turkish coffee! Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

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Wagamama: Country wide chain serving fresh Japanese influenced and inspired dishes, big portions, AMAZING flavours. Never fails to hit the spot and consistent across all branches I’ve been to. Suitable for vegetarians.

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