Healthy lunch anyone? Expertrain's top London picks
Eating out in London can be a bit of a minefield, from fast food joints and gourmet burger spots to healthy juice bars and whole food cafes. Luckily for you, we've come up with a few healthy London lunch spots where you'll find super-healthy options that are still tempting and delicious. Check out some of our top London picks for a healthy lunch in the city!
58 Neal Street WC2H 9PA (Nearest Tube: Covent Garden)
Open for about a year, Lab Organic is known for its organic, cold pressed juices. It also has a varied menu of snacks, smoothies and salads. It's easy to find, close to Covent Garden tube and the cafe has its own in-house nutritionists to ensure everything is perfectly balanced and healthy.
Each juice has a particular health benefit, so whether you're in need of a detox or an energy boost, you'll be able to find the perfect choice. We love their green smoothies and raw brownies but for a real treat, try their Glow Juice. Loaded with carrots (a rich source of beta-carotene for glowing skin and healthy vision), turmeric, grapefruit, orange, pineapple and lemon, it's a great source of antioxidants!
Next to Tri-Yoga at 398 King's Road, SW10 0LJ (Nearest Tube: Fulham Broadway)
Juice Baby's cosy, quirky interior is the perfect place for a post-yoga class lunch, smoothies with friends or a client meeting, or bring your laptop and catch up on some work. Their kale salad with its creamy dressing is pretty spectacular, whilst their avocado toast is loaded with good fats, and plenty of spice. If you're craving something sweet, we recommend the chia and fig pudding or caramel slices, all freshly prepared on-site. You'll also find plenty of green juices and almond milk smoothies on the menu. Yummy!
Grill Market Holborn
10 Theobold's Road WC1X 8PM (Nearest Tube: Chancery Lane)
This Holborn lunch spot is definitely worth visiting for their extensive menu and cold-pressed juices. A cosy, homely interior makes this the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy a relaxed lunch with friends, with options for the super-health conscious and those looking to treat themselves. The menu has everything from kale salads and quinoa to smoked salmon bagels and BBQ pork sandwiches - it's also a popular breakfast spot. There are plenty of dairy and gluten-free options as wel as refined-sugar free treats if your sweet tooth needs satisfying!
Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street N1C 4AB (Nearest Tube: Kings Cross)
Set at the heart of Kings Cross, there are no shortage of veggies on the menu here, and Chef Bruno Loubet is keen to give vegetables the starring role. The restaurant prides itself on its sustainability policy and uses a range of local suppliers.
Lunchtime here is a relaxed affair, with dishes such as baked beetroot and lentil salad, miso aubergine with sprouting seeds and beans and a delicious celeriac tart. Perfect for a sit-down weekday lunch or weekend brunch. Drinks include a tasty beetroot, apple and celery juice, green juices or rose iced tea - we love the sound of their tempting chamomile lemonade!
Roots & Bulbs
5 Thayer Street, Marylebone W1U 3JG (Nearest Tube: Bond Street)
or 10-12 Exhibition Road, South Kensington SW7 (Nearest Tube: South Kensington)
Roots and Bulbs' aim is to provide customers with an array of wholesome, naturally-sourced food and cold-pressed organic juices. We're really taken with their range of superfood smoothies, which includes the 'Big Boy' - home-made vanilla almond milk, cashew butter, raw cacao, blueberries, banana, oats, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds and 'Super Greens' with cucumber, spinach, celery, lemon, ginger, pepper, banana, avocado and chilli flakes. Yummy!
Healthy lunch options include a mixed quinoa salad with cucumber and smoked mackerel (great for healthy omega 3-s!) or a chicken wrap with tahini, peppers and baby spinach.
The Good Life Eatery
59 Sloane Avenue, Chelsea SW3 3DH (Nearest Tube: Sloane Square)
This cool little Chelsea joint has just 25 seats, so turn up early for lunch if you want to be guaranteed a table, as it's popular! From healthy detox salads and a fantastic range of cold-pressed juices (an easy way towards your five-a-day) to delicious sweet treats such as their chocolate peanut butter cups, everything on the menu here is perfectly balanced to help you stay healthy. Try their paleo waffles with coconut yoghurt, maple syrup and fig jam or their Lucky Seven Juice packed with carrots, beetroot, pineapple, green apple, lemon, orange and ginger for refreshment on the go.
Every Wednesday at KERB Lunch, Granary Square, King's Cross (Nearest Tube: King's Cross)
Or see their website or Twitter for other locations
Healthy, colourful street food with an Asian twist is always on the menu at Rainbo - ideal if you need food on-the-go or a quick bite to eat on your break after a lunchtime workout. 20p from every meal is donated to the rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of child labourers across the globe.
Expect fresh, Asian-style slaw, steamed edamame and a huge range of gyoza (dumplings), as well as natural soft drinks and fairtrade teas. Rainbo source as much food as they can locally, with free-range meat from a local butchers.
20-24 Broadwick Street, Soho W1F 8HT (Mon - Fri - Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road or Oxford Circus)
If it's a wide range of salads you're looking for - either for lunch or to take home for a healthy post-workout dinner, then head for Savage Salads' stall on Broadwick Street. Their menu changes daily, but their salmon salad with carrots, beetroot, mangetout, coriander, sweetcorn and lemon dressing is a favourite, loaded with omega-3 fatty acids from the salmon and a great way to boost your intake of vegetables. We also love their chickpea and roasted pepper salad, and you can add chicken and/or halloumi to any salad, for an extra protein boost. Tasty!
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