For those of us who pay close attention to what we eat, staying healthy while traveling can be fraught with difficulty. From the motorway service station to the airport departure lounge, we are faced with temptation and very little choice in the way of healthy products. Thankfully manufacturers are cottoning on to our need for travel-sized versions of our health food faves to take with us on our travels. So if you are heading away any time soon, stocking up on the following products may be just what you are looking for…READ MORE
We were finally able to visit Beyond Bread in Fitzrovia a few days ago, and what a lovely trip it was. The 100% gluten-free bakery opened its doors in January of this year and you can see why it has attracted such a loyal following. Owner Elena is passionate about bringing people more choice amongst a sea of wheat-based products on the high street. She feels that the gluten-free option should be much more accessible to Londoners and that it can taste just as good, if not better. At Beyond Bread you can choose from a wide selection of sandwiches made from gluten-free sourdough, brioche, baguette, ciabatta, pumpernickel, soft bun or seeded loaf (we opted for the sourdough toastie which was delicious). They also make salads, quiches, a lovely sweet potato & quinoa burger and an indulgent selection of gluten-free cakes. Ingredients are predominantly organic and they use their own sourdough starter, embracing an old-school artisan approach. You can find Plenish cold-pressed juices and lower-sugar jam by The London Jam Factory lining the shelves, and the cafe is seriously stylish – representative of Elena’s Central Saint Martins background…never has gluten-free felt so cool. Beyond Bread, 2 Charlotte Place, London, W1T 1SB
With London’s health food market booming and new innovative concepts popping all over the place, it’s easy to forget that some of the city’s healthiest spots have stood the test of time. Hackney’s Broadway Market is an oldie but a goodie, with its first stall selling jellied eels opening up in 1900. It’s been described as the most successful community street market in London, and is a vibrant hub of many different tastes and cultures all in one place. The market provides top-quality organic meats, fresh produce, fish, seafood, bread and cheeses, at prices equivalent to or cheaper than the supermarket. We recommend you spend a foodie day out at Broadway one weekend and see for yourself!
Enjoy Mildreds at home!
You’ve eaten at the restaurant and now you can enjoy the vegetarian delights of Mildreds at home too. This month, after nearly 30 years in business, Mildreds has joined other iconic veggie restaurants like Food for Thought and Vanilla Black and finally released their very own cookbook. The book features over 100 internationally inspired vegetarian recipes, including some familiar favourites like beetroot, apple, fennel and mint burgers and the legendary peanut butter brownie! Unlike some vegetarian cookbooks the ingredient lists are simple, with easy to find ingredients and some handy time-saving ideas along the way. There are also numerous options available for those following a gluten-free or vegan diet. It is currently available on Amazon for only £9.99 (RRP £25), so be quick and order your copy!