Kaia at The Ned

I think one of the most challenging things (when watching your weight) are the weekends.  When most people think of the weekend, it involves eating out, drinking alcohol, unwinding and letting go. When going to a fine dining restaurant, you don’t want to miss out by opting for the garden salad and be the party pooper. Finding a classy and sophisticated place to eat that meets your dietary requirements can be a challenge, even in London.

After hearing a lot of good things about The Ned and it being described as ‘Harrods food hall crossed with Vegas’ I was very interested to go and see for myself.

The Ned hotel itself is stunning, on arrival you are greeted by large pillars, stunning chequered floors and a live band. Located in Bank, it contains multiple restaurants to pick from including:

  • Cecconi’s
  • Millie’s Lounge
  • Zobler’s Deli & Diner
  • Kaia
  • Malibu Kitchen
  • Lutyens Grill

This is one of the number one destinations for instagrammers on the gram, so I had to pay it a visit. It is fairly new and a creation by the people behind the likes of Soho House.

I booked a table at Kaia based on the healthy options available. The images on the website looked very colourful and tempted me to give it at go, especially as health was the main promotion factor. https://www.thened.com/restaurants/kaia

The cuisine is Asian pacific with poke bowls being the main attraction. For those who do not no what a poke bowl is, it is a traditional Hawaiian dish in a bowl that contains raw fish. It is a healthy eating trend that has recently hit The States and been extremely popular. This is a very new thing for The UK. In Hawaii the cubed fish is often eaten over a bowl of sushi rice and vegetables.

There were three options of poke bowls, 2 with raw fish and one vegetarian. I opted for the vegetarian as I wanted to try something from the grill as well.

We had:

  • The rainbow poke bowl – this included papaya, avocado, and tamari glazed nuts
  • Chicken meat balls
  • Teriyaki salmon
  • Asparagus
  • Edamame beans

Menu found here – Kaia Menu

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The edamame beans has a lovely spicy sauce on them. Not that easy to eat though as they were very saucy and you are not provided with any wet wipes or water bowl to clean your hands. The asparagus was very standard, nothing special at all. I wouldn’t say 12 slices for £6 was worth it on this occasion. The salmon was delicious, melt in the mouth perfectly cooked and not too saucy. It also came with a very healthy portion of pickled ginger which is my absolute favourite, so very impressed with that. Cant comment on the chicken meat balls as I didn’t give them a try but they looked very good, healthy portion and sizzling on arrival. The poke bowls were of a large healthy size and the fruit and veg tasted very fresh and crisp.

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To drink we had:

  • Guava Gimlet – Bombay Sapphire, toasted cardamon, guava cordial

Menu found here – Kaia Cocktails 

The cocktail was sweet, short and very strong. It didn’t have that strong nasty taste but I would say too many of these could be very dangerous. I am not suggesting this as a healthy option at all, this is just me enjoying myself 🙂 Ideally no alcohol and certainly no more than one. I have also been honest and realistic, I simply do what I do for confidence and happiness reasons and so one or two drinks now and again it absolutely fine.

I cannot say I was blown away by the seating arrangements. You have to sit opposite each other on a very long table with stools instead of chairs. There is no cloak room and you are encouraged to hang your belongings on a hook under the table. I thoroughly enjoyed the food and atmosphere but I would say these seating arrangements bring it to the standard of a posh Wagamamas.

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Farm Girl

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Farm Girl is a beautiful little holistic cafe in the center of Notting Hill and is located just down Portobello Road. You could easily miss it as it is tucked away down a little alley way. When we arrived we were greeted by quite a long queue. As it is so small and hidden away it was obvious that these people queuing clearly came out of their way to try this cafe. They most likely know about it through marketing or social media and were not passers by.

We were greeted by the man at the door who took our names and notified us that there would be a 30-45 minute waiting time. As we had come out of our way to try this healthy food we had heard so much about we decided to wait it out. Luckily the queuing time was only around 25 minutes and we were seated inside.

Farm girl has a tiny outdoor seating space and indoor space and this explains the wait. In the summer it would be lovely to sit outside but I was happy with indoors due to the weather. I would mention that the tables are very close together so not much privacy but this is fine in a casual setting.

The menu is on one board, one side drinks and the other food. I had difficulty choosing my main dish and everything sounded so healthy, tasty and wholesome.

We ordered:

  • Hibiscus Latte – Organic hibiscus matcha powder with coconut milk
  • Butterfly Latte – Organic blue matcha powder with almond milk
  • Avocado Toast – Lemon juice, fresh coriander & a sprinkle of pomegranate
    add a poached egg
  • Oven Baked Eggs – Turkish eggs traditionally baked in a tomato, red pepper & parsley sauce + Greek yogurt
  • Berry Pancakes – Benoit’s buckwheat mix with amber maple syrup, peppermint & fresh strawberries sprinkled with coconut shavings + coconut yogurt

 

When the drinks arrived they looked very colourful and Instagramable but I cant say I felt the same with the taste. Both had a very unusual taste that I wasn’t really accustomed to. The Butterfly was much better than the Hibiscus as the Hibiscus had a very powerful taste (I honestly haven’t ever tried anything like it). I thought they were interesting but for the price (£4.10)  and the taste I wouldn’t have either again. Great for a picture though 😉

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Now the food was something else, tasted very fresh and full of nutrients, ( you can see a quick video on my Instagram to really get a feel of what I’m talking about @Keziakco). The bread that came with both dishes was very small (good for me as I don’t really eat carbs). You could also tell from the taste that it was fresh, wholesome and full of goodness. The avocado was very fresh and a very generous portion was given. It was mixed with lemon oils (I believe) that gave a strong tasty flavors. The pomegranate went really well with the dish enhancing the overall taste. As I used to live in Istanbul I have eaten this egg dish on many occasion and it is one of my favorites. I was hopeful that it would have the same flavors and taste as when made in the traditional way. I was nicely surprised, the only difference was that this one was a bit more tomatoey. All in all the food was delicious and I would definitely return.

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We decided to go for dessert and had pancakes to share. This is a very large dish and I don’t believe someone could have this all to themselves but great to share or have on it own as a main. Think American style pancakes but you can taste that they are healthy and unrefined, probably baked with whole wheat flower.

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The bill was around £46 for two people. Quite pricey for a cafe lunch but was very healthy. Farm Girl has made quite a name for itself on social media so the price doesn’t put me off.

Another note I would add is that you do not need to book so you can just pop in at any time. Here is the link to their website for further information – http://www.thefarmgirl.co.uk/

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All Inclusive Holidays and your Diet

Whether you are an avid gym goer or not, most of us make a special effort before we go on holiday. We wait all year for those few weeks off we get and we want to look our best and at the same time thoroughly enjoy ourselves.

Now if you are the same as me, nice food (the naughty food) is part of thoroughly enjoying yourself but you need to be careful, especially in the all inclusive. In these hotels there is no need to think about what you have eaten or what you plan to eat and drink for that day as everything is unlimited.  You always see these typical tourists with plates piled so high that it is almost unimaginable that they could eat it all, unfortunately I have witnessed that it is indeed possible.

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I’m by no means suggesting that you shouldn’t eat anything tasty and off you plan whilst away but please do it within reason. You have worked so hard to achieve this holiday body and are probably feeling fantastic when on the beach and in all you holiday outfits so don’t ruin it now.

What I do:

I often miss breakfast everyday as I honestly cannot wake up on time and anyone who knows me well knows that I love my sleep and a nap. I don’t think it’s a proper holiday if I don’t get to have a daily nap.

First meal of the day is lunch – I usually have a healthy selection of the salads and any meats from the grill and any sauces available. I often finish with a nice plate full of fruits. Diet coke or water to drink.

For dinner I have the same as lunch (maybe a slice of bread if needed)

When I go on holiday I have alcohol in the evenings nearly every night (not ideal I know, but realistic) and for snacks I usually eat crisps (my guilty pleasure). What is a holiday if you don’t lie on the bed after a day of sunbathing eating Lays ey?

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Normally on the last day of the holiday I will go absolutely all out, because I’ve earned it. This involves no holding back and eating exactly what I want and like. You would have noticed from the rest of my blog I do not promote weekly cheat days or meals but this is ok once or twice a year.

Happy holidays

me

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The Facts about Fruits

Most people believe that fruit is super healthy and if you eat as much as possible of it, you are bound to loose weight and are a super healthy individual. The truth is, it is both healthy and unhealthy and everything in moderation is alright. Fruit contains plenty of fiber, minerals and vitamins that are really beneficial in any diet but most fruits contain a very high sugar content. Too much sugar, no matter where it comes from can seriously impact your weight, health and physical appearance.

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If you are anything like me and love fruit it would be impossible to cut this out of your diet and also quite inadvisable. Despite the sugar content, you do not want to miss out on key nutrients and we all need a bit of natural sugar to keep us going. I would recommend that most fruit is consumed before 12 o clock when your digestive system and metabolism is most active. I would also recommend that if you follow the ‘5 a day’ rule, which is actually now ’10 a day’ that more than 50% of this is vegetables.

Please believe me when I say, you could be the healthiest person and not eat one bite of processed food but if you are eating too much fruit you can still gain weight!

There is a saying that if you eat certain fruits they burn calories. You cannot eat a piece of chocolate cake and then eat 5 grapefruits and hope that this will counteract the cake. The fruits below have certain enzyme qualities that speed up and assist the way we break down food. This allows your metabolism to work at its optimum rate. These fruits are best consumed after a large meal:

  • Grapefruit
  • Pineapple
  • Apples
  • Watermelon
  • Berries
  • Papaya

Fruits that are best avoided or eaten least often due to very high sugar content are:

  • Cherries
  • Pomegranate
  • Grapes
  • Mangos
  • Figs

This is only  based on sugar content and each one of these fruits do have their own qualities and benefits.

Bananas actually contain the most amount of sugar and are high in carbs but these provide a lot of healthy energy in the morning. I would not recommend having a banana in the evening and certainly no more than one per day. The trick to consume less sugar is to eat bananas before they are dark yellow, the yellower they are the more sugar they contain. This is why dried fruit contains so much sugar  – the riper the fruit the more sugar it contains, (stay away).

The facts broken down:

Apples – We have all heard the saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ and it is some what true. It reduces the risk of lung cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer, especially the red apples.

Bananas – contain  a lot of potassium which helps with good nerve and muscle function.

Blackberries and Blueberries – contain many antioxidants, these help prevent cancer, and studies have shown the blackberry extract to assist with curing lung cancers.

Peaches – Very high in vitamin A, this helps to boost our immune systems and fights off disease and infection.

Raspberries – These contain various acids that help protect you from contracting cervical cancer and consuming them regularly can help cure colon and esophageal cancers.

The list of benefits continues and you can find our more information in this artical I found on Canada Living – http://www.canadianliving.com/health/nutrition/article/the-top-25-healthy-fruits-blueberries-apples-cherries-bananas-and-21-more-healthy-picks

Please do not be fooled by juice bars, natural juices and dried fruit as these are extremely high in sugar and shout be completed removed from any healthy diet. This will protect your weight and your teeth.

Just remember everything should be consumed in moderation and this is just a guideline to make you more mindful when choosing your healthy snack.

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