Healthy eating is a big thing for me. During uni, I lived on dry pasta and digestive biscuits, which led to me feeling consistently tired and irritable (who knew?!). I hadn’t a scooby about nutrition, but since graduating, I’ve become more and more aware of how I feed my body and I can honestly say I’ve never felt better (exercise has played a big part too – see my go-to circuit routine here). Thankfully, it seems like everyone else got the clean eating memo too, since it’s never been easier to eat out – even during the festive period – without blowing out. I’ve lost count of the number of healthy restaurants to choose from in London, and while there are plenty of breakfast and dinner spots around (my picks coming soon!), this post is all about brunch. Take note…
I’d bet my life on it you’ve probably swiped past Farm Girl Café on your Instagram feed at some point, and it’s not hard to see why. Situated on Portobello Road, it’s probably the most Instagrammable of this edit, and the food is just as good. Açai bowls, buckwheat pancakes topped with maple syrup, coconut yoghurt and cranberries and pumpkin porridge made from bee pollen and nutmeg ginger make up the mains, but the USP has to be the rose petal latte. Yes, it’s a thing and yes, it’s delicious.
Best for? Those with a sweet tooth and keen Instagrammers.
Not exclusively ‘healthy’, Bronte London’s menu has something for everyone. It’s actually inspired by ‘The Pacific’ featuring ‘Modern European dishes with strong hints of Asia’, but while the menu plays host to classic beef burgers and the like, there are also seriously clean (and tasty) options for those after something lighter. The best part is that you almost definitely won’t have tried them before. I went for the kale and edamame pancake, complete with smoked avocado ratatouille and sheep’s milks yoghurt, while there’s also bulgur wheat kibber (?!) and duck and watermelon salad on offer.
Best for? Somewhere you can bring everyone – healthy or not.
If anyone’s got the thing healthy thing down, it’s Deliciously Ella. I’ve been recreating her recipes for as long as I can remember, but I can confirm the real Mae Deli deal is well worth a visit. Customers create their own ‘Mae Bowls’ by picking up to four dishes – I went for pea and avocado hummus, charred broccoli with kohlrabi, chillies and black beans, butternut squash with chickpeas and aubergine and tomato with tahini. My old wouldn’t-touch-a-green-bean-with-a-barge-pole self would’ve scoffed at such a veggie dominant dinner, but I promise you it is utterly delicious. There’s many a sweet treat to choose from, too – World’s Best Banana Peanut Butter Cup included.
Best for? People who want to try a bit of everything.
Where’s your favourite brunch spot?