Mildred’s Vegan Restaurant

This is the first truly vegan and vegetarian restaurant I have ever been to in London and I have to say I was very impressed. They have four Locations across London – Camden, Soho, Kings Cross, Dalston. I went to the Kings Cross restaurant.

When you arrive they ask you if you’ve been there before and if not they check that you know that it is a vegetarian restaurant to avoid disappointment. I assume most people who attend would know in advance, as this is why they are here but you never know.

When we were seated we were asked if we had any allergies or intolerances and handed the menu. For a change almost everything was vegan and the few options that were not were clearly marked. It’s nice to go to a place where they assume the opposite to the norm. They assume you are vegan.

There is quite a large menu to choose from and the mains are all very large and filling. I didn’t get a starter and I don’t think I would have managed one if I had. I was very full by the end of the meal which is unusual for London.

I went for the chicken katsu curry as this is my favourite dish at Wagamama. I can’t say it tasted much like the one in Wagamama but it was very tasty. The texture and taste of the mock chicken was really good and it even looked the same as meat. As a meat eater it is an excellent alternative and I could quite easily eat this on a daily basis instead of chicken.

It is very reasonably priced at under £25 for main and alcoholic drink.

The only downside is that you cannot book in advance. When we arrived we were notified there would be a 20 minute wait so we decided to have a drink at the bar. This was not an issue for us but if in a rush this situation would not be ideal.

I very much like the idea of becoming vegan and I have read so much about the health benefits and understand the value it has on the planet but I honestly don’t know if I could do it on a permanent basis. I know it sounds lazy but I feel like it would involve a lot of reading ingredient labels and be quite inconvenient when socialising – restaurants and dinner parties. I would love it if I could eat like I did in Mildred’s every day but somehow I feel that wouldn’t be practical as I would have to spend hours in the kitchen ever evening. I am very interested in perhaps doing a 7 day trial, if you’ve done one or you are vegan let me know and drop me some advice.

Thanks!

 

Wood Roasted Mushroom and Ale Pie, Minted Mushy Peas & Fries:

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Chicken Katsu Curry:

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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
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  • 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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Treats

The question on most dieters minds is when are they going to get to enjoy the food they loved so much before their diet began. On what day can I have that slice of cake? How much ‘bad’ food can I have without ruining all the progress I’ve made?

There are many options for people to follow and advice all over the internet. Please take extra caution when following this information as it varies. It is dependant on what you want to achieve, how quickly you want to achieve it and what you see as enjoying a treat.

As I promote this as a lifestyle and not a diet it is crucial that  you are not waiting for a treat day every week and seeing food as a reward. This ultimately ruins everything you worked for as this mindset is keeping you in your fat and unhealthy ways. Sugary, fatty and synthetic foods are not a reward and you simply setting yourself up for failure and not to mention, harming your body in the process.

We are all human and of course it is not realistic to go through life without indulging in what we most enjoy and for most of us we all have that favourite food that is not on the diet plan. When dieting it is evident that the majority of days in your life will be on plan and avoid unhealthy choices, the so limited days where you do eat what you enjoy, please do not waste this opportunity. Many of us snack when we are hungry and select the easiest option – crisps, sweets, cake (you name it). When you are starving you do not think about what you are eating and often do not enjoy it. Why waste a treat when you are unable to enjoy it. In order to avoid this meal prep is essential as this means healthy options are never out of reach.

When I have a treat I make it count. I save it for a celebration like a birthday, wedding, holiday, special restaurant, or when baking something. For example, last summer I worked really hard but when I knew all my holidays were over and I had a day off from work I ordered a pizza and I have to say it was a great feeling. This was one greatly appreciated treat meal after 3 months of low carbs, exercise and no treats. Not only did it taste better than ever but it was almost guilt free.

If you absolutely live for unhealthy food this will be very difficult for you and you must try to focus on reconditioning your brain in order to achieve your goal. Some people are more left-brained so more analytic and need a pattern to follow. In this situation you can follow this rule that is respected by many olympians:

12 days following your diet followed by the 13th days as a ‘cheat day’. I recommend  a cheat meal not day as this will only make the 14th day harder for you. Every 4 days on your diet your body makes an upgrade to its metabolism, improving itself and your health. After it has done this 4 times it is enough to remove everything bad out of your body, 4 x 4 = 16 days so if you consume a cheeky pizza or piece of cake on the 13th day your metabolism is in its optimum week and can remove the negatives from your body. This really does work and is scientifically proven, but please do not count days, and add dates to calendars etc. Do not live to eat, eat to live.

Despite us all enjoying a treat now and again the real reward is how you feel, your health, your appearance and your confidence.

This is a little something I created on the weekend for my one off treat (I only had one). Contains ALOT of sugar! BEWARE!

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Please find the recipe here – http://allrecipes.com/recipe/143083/fresh-fruit-flan/ (but instead of a flan I made meringues. Meringues recipe –http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/international/european/french/meringues Enjoy, but not too many please 😉

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Healthy Dining at Ethos

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By recommendation, I went to this lovely little eatery in the centre of Fitzrovia. As you can see from the photograph, it was so delicious that I didn’t have time to take a picture until half way through the food.

This is a delightful vegetarian, pay by weight restaurant. As you enter you are seated by waiters and then you go and select your food, buffet style. There is loads to choose from and you just fill up your plate accordingly. I don’t know about you, but I get a bit over excited by lots of choice so I went all out and took a bit of everything.

All the food tasted very fresh and flavoursome. I particularly enjoyed the halloumi cheese bites (not too many of these as you need to be careful of your fat intake). My entire plate of fresh meat-free food cost under £20 and included a fresh, natural and no added sugar water melon juice drink.

On leaving I felt full, satisfied and guilt free. I definitely recommend a visit and you can check them out here http://www.ethosfoods.com You simply cannot go wrong!

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