I personally love eating healthily as I really notice a difference in my mood and feel less sluggish and more alert.
Luckily there are plenty of tasty, great affordable healthy restaurants in NYC that offer more than a boring old Iceberg lettuce salad and actually make kale taste good!
Some of my favourites on this trip have been:
I love Le Botaniste for comforting, hearty, organic plant-based dishes. Everything is designed to nourish the body, which is why they refer to their menu as ‘Prescriptions’. I can recommend the Tibetan Mama Rice Bowl with creamy coconut curry peanut butter sauce, earthy brown rice, zingy kimchi and steamed greens as well as the 3 bean chilli bowl with turmeric onions, soft quinoa and a good dollop of sour cream.
The Butcher’s Daughter
Famous for its beautiful botanical interior as well as its veggie food, The Butcher’s Daughter was a tasty, healthy spot for a late lunch in Nolita. I opted for the Surfer’s Breakfast, a mushroom burrito with eggs, avo and sour cream whilst Marc had some sort of huevos ranches breakfast and we were very impressed at how speedy and upbeat the restaurant was.
Bluestone Lane Coffee
My old L’Oreal pal and native New Yorker Eden knew how much I loved avo on toast and recommended Bluestone Lane to me. There was a small branch by our flat in Fidi where they offered a delicious avo on toast with creamy feta, salty prosciutto and juicy cherry tomatoes on wholegrain toast, for under $15. Though I don’t drink it myself, I have heard really good things about their coffee too.
Dig Inn is more of a lunch place but does stay open until the evening too if you fancied a relaxed dinner. You can build a bowl by choosing a base (usually market greens, brown rice or faro), a protein (I’d recommend the chargrilled chicken) and two market sides (the roasted sweet potatoes are insanely good)! It’s healthy, filling and less than $15 with all tax and tips included.
Perhaps the ultimate build your own salad bar! There are plenty of Sweetgreen branches around the city and like Dig Inn, they cater mostly for the lunch and early evening crowd. The salads here are huge and really tasty and if you don’t fancy salad leaves, you can build your own with a different, heartier base.
Blogging babe Hayley from Frock Me I’m Famous told me about the acai bowls here and I’m so glad she did! There are about 6 acai bowls to choose from, which is such a dream as London doesn’t quite seem to be on the acai bandwagon just yet. I went for the most popular almond butter acai bowl which was cool, refreshing, creamy and fruity without being too sweet. Not a shabby breakfast at all.
(You can check out my own easy acai berry bowl recipe here!)
Chalait first caught my eye on Pinterest thanks to their green matcha specialities so I made sure to stop by their Chelsea Market cafe. I first tried their quinoa lunch bowl but the dish that won me over was their avocado on wholegrain toast with smoked salmon, boiled egg and radish. The avocado was so zingy with lashings of rich smoked salmon layered on top – I didn’t want it to end.
Jack’s Wife Freda
Every blogger seems to have heard of or be recommending Jack’s Wife Freda and it’s popularity means that it can be hard to get in without queuing for up to an hour. After abandoning it two weekends in a row, my brother and I actually managed to grab a table straight away on a Thursday morning and I opted for the Breakfast Bowl with quinoa, kale, eggs, spaghetti squash, grilled tomato and avocado. Now don’t get me wrong, it was delicious, filled me up for ages and was a very friendly restaurant but I’m going to be controversial and say I don’t quite get the huge hype that is flying around this place. Am I choosing the wrong dish?
Two Hands in Tribeca is an airy, modern restaurant specialising in healthy food. As they don’t accept reservations there is usually a queue by 11am but both times that I have been we were seated within 10-15 minutes. The service was friendly, food tasty (the smashed peas were delish) and the atmosphere trendy. And if you fancy being a bit more indulgent, you have to try the banana bread with lashings of coffee cream. A few more sit ups should burn that off, right..?