For our first Northern Wellness food guide Nell of Adventures with Nell, has written her guide to healthy cafes in Leeds centre. I’m really excited for this guide so that I can make full use of it myself! Wherever you are in the centre, there is plenty of choice, whether you are looking for brunch, drinks or a main meal. With new cafes and restaurants opening all the time, there’s more choice than ever. Over to Nell…
We all know how hard it is to eat well when you’re dining out – no one wants to sit there eating a plate of soggy leaves while their friends are eating all of the greasy goodness! I don’t know about you, but I’ll have the best intentions to pick something healthy right up until I’m sat staring at the menu thinking ‘if I’m going to eat out and spend money I might as well enjoy it’. But I’ll let you in on a secret… there are plenty of cafes and restaurants in Leeds with healthy menus so tasty that it is literally impossible to feel like you’re missing out. Here are just a few of them for you to try.
Not only does the food here taste too good to be healthy (but it is, I promise), it’s also fun to eat. Bulgogi is a Korean barbecue restaurant, so you grill your food on a hot plate in the centre of the table. Thin cuts of lean meat and fish are served up with rice, various sauces/pickles and giant lettuce leaves. The idea is that you wrap the meat and rice in the lettuce, and you’re welcome to pass on the rice if you want to keep it low carb.
This independent restaurant serves up tonnes of gluten free and vegan dishes, with meat and fish dishes are available too. The menu is laid out so that instead of having to search for the free from option, any dish that contains meat, dairy or gluten is marked, making it much easier to find. Eat Your Greens uses local, organic vegetables which are the main focus of the menu. I had some seriously tasty beetroot fritters there recently as a light lunch and felt great afterwards!
Dine from breakfast through brunch, lunch and dinner on organic, locally sourced produce with plenty more gluten free and vegan dishes here. The food is served as small plates, meaning that you can eat as much or as little as you want, and the menu is full of fancy flavour combinations such as cucumber, watermelon & wasabi; oysters, gooseberry & lemon balm and crumpets, artichoke, spinach & mace butter.
With a focus on health and living well, Wolfox serve up organic coffee, juices and tasty smoothies, plant-based foods and organic wines, beers and cocktails incase you want to treat yourself. The buddha bowls are particularly delicious, and this is a perfect spot to enjoy brunch with friends (it’s also very close to Trib3 gym so perfect for refuelling after a tough work out).
This vegan cafe serves up the most mouth watering plant-based meals! The menu changes regularly to ensure that they’re using fresh, seasonal produce and their specials board changes daily so there’s always something new to try. The ‘Whole Bowl’ and ‘Jerk Jackfruit’ come highly recommended. Plus, they’ve worked with intuitive eating nutritionist Laura Thomas previously on menu development.
So tell me, where have I missed? Let us know your favourite healthy eateries!
Image – Katie Nicole for Fettle