Fancy seconds? Take your pick from these healthy restaurants
Spring is just around the corner so i’m saying goodbye to winter comfort foods and hello to fresh, vibrant flavours. If you’re keen to follow suit, start by putting away those dumplings and moving towards a healthier option. And healthy needn’t mean liquid diets and punishing exercises. Tantalise your taste buds at one of these healthy hotspots where, if you choose carefully, you can satisfy all your hunger pangs without feeling guilty.
Inside the zesty green cafe it’s a mecca for the health-conscious. You’ll find familiar cafe fare but with a strong emphasis on healthy, fresh ingredients. Crepes can be made vegan and gluten free, smoothies bursting with fresh fruit and those tiny health-boosting super seeds hemp, chia, flax are made right in front of you and the salads are massive, not to mention more-ish. Packed with proteins, healthy carbs like quinoa, lentils, mixed beans and topped off with delicious dressings, they’re the star of the show and generously priced at £4. Now that’s a real guilt-free meal if ever there was one.
26A Market St, Leicester LE1 6DP, Detox Shack
Fermented food may not be at the top of your foodie bucket list, but if you’re looking for healthy cuisine (it’s supposed to keep your gut in good shape and strengthen the immune system) then sample some Korean food. Onggi Korean is a relatively new kid on the block run by the Youm family. Expect lots of boiled, steamed and shallow fried dishes. Try the daegu jorim (steamed codfish) or choose one of the healthy hot pots packed with enough protein, vegetables and rice to see you through the day.
98 Welford Rd, Leicester LE2 7AB.Onggi.com
The oldest vegetarian cafe in Leicester, Good Earth the has been going strong for over 50 years and its longevity is a testament to its delicious food. The decor’s a little dated – let’s call it retro, shall we?- but who cares when the food is this good? Run by the van Dijk family, the cafe is open for lunch every day and runs on a self-service basis. Food changes daily and the combinations really are mouth-watering; think butternut squash and sweet potato lasagne, asparagus and stilton pasta bake and black eyed beans and green lentil shepherd’s pie. Let’s not forget the salads, they’re brimming with oodles of flavour and ingredients like spinach, chickpea, rice, nuts and grapes. Rissoles, one of the cafe’s longest standing items are made using a secret family recipe and are as popular now as they were when they first appeared on the menu. Rustic, wholesome and homely, even the most seasoned carnivore would be hard-pressed to leave this place unsatisfied.
Good Earth, 19 Free Ln, Leicester LE1 1JX,
Cini in Enderby is on a mission to turn the idea of unhealthy Italian food on its head. Don’t expect any stuffed crusts or cheesy pasta dishes here. Instead the modern menu has updated many traditional dishes. They already serve gluten free pasta and have recently introduced gluten free pizzas which have gone down a treat. The kitchen has been experimenting with creative variations of vegetarian dishes too including ratatouille using locally sourced red peppers, polenta, lentils and butternut squash, so local in fact the squash comes from one of their customers’ allotments. Don’t be too surprised if you stumble on a new favourite dish.
26 High St, Enderby, Leicester LE19 4AG, Cini Restaurant
(Detox Shack image by Henry Cottam)