From juices to chia pudding, matcha lattes to raw pad Thai, it seems the whole world has gone health food crazy and Manchester is no exception. Having had their fill of infamous burgers topped with pulled pork and dripping with special sauces, it seems Mancunians are ready to grab the reigns, and take control of their diets once and for all.
Here’s my Top 5 healthy places to eat in Manchester this bank holiday weekend.
Who: Cowherds is the ultimate ‘café with conscience’. Catering for Manchester’s raw food scene, their menu is filled with nutritious juices and delicious healthy treats; all served from their cosy little lunch wagon. And if you’re looking for a sweet treat without the guilt – Cowherds is the place to be!
Check out my interview with Cowherds here.
Order: If you want a kick in the morning make sure you ask for one of their ginger shots, better for you then coffee and without the crash (and don’t forget some Ying Yang balls for elevenses – they are simply divine)
Where: Greengate Square, Salford (07974800711)
When: Mon-Fri 8am-2pm
Who: Part of the Kitchens in Spinningfields where six street food traders are battling it out for their own premises, Wholesome and Raw does what it says on the tin. Serving up delicious juices and smoothies, raw pad Thai and a whole host of delicious goodies.
Order: If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to your usual hangover breakfast this is the place to be – fill up on organic free range eggs and avocado on wholemeal sourdough, washed down with The Hangover Cure smoothie.
Where: The Kitchens, Leftbank, Spinningfields
When: Mon-Fri 7am – 3pm, Sat 9:30am-5pm
Who: Spinningfields newest addition to the healthy eating portfolio, Rust and Stone is the brain child of Keep Left who operate neighbouring The Lawn Club. Their menu has been devised by head chef David Gale and they pride their selves on sourcing the best ingredients both for their customers and for the environment …and with the salads and sandwiches changing on a daily basis, it’s difficult to get bored of the menu!
Rust & Stone also hold several yoga classes a week, so if you’re feeling like making a morning of it – you know where to go.
Order: You can’t go wrong with a large mixed salad and their Carrot Detox juice. And if you’re feeling a bit naughty – shhhh – but they also serve alcohol. From craft beers to organic and biodynamic wines and a mix of seasonal green cocktails, all to be enjoyed in their Moroccan styled outdoor area.
Where: Hardman Square, Spinningfields
When: Mon-Fri 7:30am-8pm, Sat 11am-9pm
Bosu Body Bar:
Who: With the #cleaneating movement going strong it wasn’t long before hipster spot Chorlton got their own protein bar. This one’s not only for the health conscious out there, but for the lifters amongst us too – they even do a monthly meal prep delivery plan for those getting lean and mean for the stage. Since Bosu opened its doors the business has been thriving with queues of lululemon and reebok clad gym goers reaching out of the doors making it the number one spot for that refuelling post workout meal.
Order: Simple – a protein box with your choice of protein topped up with plenty of rich vegetables and pulses, a muscle up smoothie and a protein ball (Warning: that’s a lot of food – save it for leg day!!)
Where: 559 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton (07772 826548)
When: Mon-Sat 11:30am-8pm
Who: This one’s for the veggies and vegans of Manchester. Set in the heart of the student village Eighth Day has been running as a cooperative since the early 70s and is still going strong. The café is situated in a spacious basement underneath the jam packed 8th Day store, serving everything from stews to salads, soups to juices and breakfast to cakes.
The 8th Day mission?
‘to encourage the optimum health of its customers and staff by providing quality vegetarian food and advice, whilst remaining a caring, sustainable, democratic and ethical business environment for its workers’
Can’t get much better than that I say!
Order: If the weather isn’t playing ball this weekend head down to 8th day for a heart-warming stew washed down with one of their Fairtrade flavoursome teas. And don’t forget to take a look around the shop whilst your there – you’ll thank me for it (even if your purse doesn’t!)
Where: 111 Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7DU
When: Mon/Tue/Fri 9am-5:30pm, Wed/Thurs 9am-7pm & Sat 9:30am-5:30pm
Comment below if you visit any of these places over the weekend and let me know what you think… Happy Bank Holiday!!!