Thursday 25 May 2017


9 places to eat healthy food in Gloucestershire

From raw brownies and beetroot burgers, to cacao smoothies and buckwheat pancakes, have your cake and eat it at one of Gloucestershire's healthy-eating havens.

Health food fans can feast their eyes on SoGlos’s pick of healthy-eating havens in Gloucestershire, encompassing everything from sugar-free cakes and superfood salads, to plant-based and organic meals.

Whether you’re cutting down on indulgences, have special dietary requirements, or tend towards lighter options, Gloucestershire’s eateries are serving up food which is both delicious and nutritious – so go ahead and tuck in!


1. Vinnie's Eatery


The first place in Cheltenham dedicated to purely plant-based, whole, and seasonal foods, Vinnie’s Eatery opened to the delight of health food fanatics, serving up wholesome food alongside home-made fizzy drinks, cold-press juices and even alkaline water on tap!

Dishes sure to get your stomach growling include buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup, fresh berries and coconut yoghurt; bean and vegetable burger with sauerkraut, homemade ketchup and paprika parsnip chips; and raw cacao and maple syrup brownie for a sumptuous sweet treat.


2. Asparagasm

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A haven for county vegans and vegetarians, Asparagasm in Nailsworth offers a menu to delight everyone, whatever your dietary preferences, with everything from Equinox Kombucha and tree-nut cheese, to raw, sugar-free cakes.

Diners can look forward to superfood mixed salads with raw ranch dressing, vinaigrette, or avocado mayo; and soup of the day with vegetable crisps and raw bread, in addition to hot stew specials; or raw specials such as tarts, wraps, pizza or tacos.


3. Kindness & Co


A health food café located in the centre of Cheltenham, Kindness & Co believes diet and nutrition are at the centre of a healthy and happy life, with its ever-changing menu, which use only wholesome and natural ingredients, reflecting its ethos perfectly.

Whether you’re craving a comforting bowl of porridge, a refreshing salad, or warming hot dish, delights such as turmeric-roasted cauliflower; chickpea tagine; sweetcorn fritters; and banana oat cakes have appeared on the menu, which can be washed down with a smoothie or turmeric latte.


4. Star Anise Arts Café


Serving food inspired by macrobiotic and wholefood cuisine, Star Anise Café in Stroud is sure to delight health food connoisseurs with its innovative menu, that uses organic ingredients and supports local businesses wherever possible.

Dishes on the sample menu include vegetable miso broth with shitake mushrooms and ginger; and superfood salad with quinoa, black rice, kale, roasted butternut, blood orange, pomegranate and a tahini and white miso dressing. Diners can also enjoy a selection of breads, pastries and cakes that are made on-site daily.


5. Whole Foods Market Cheltenham


Enjoy a guilt-free feast and get your dose of retail therapy at Whole Foods Market Cheltenham, with the one-stop shop covering all bases for a day’s healthy eating.

Boasting a salad bar, soup station, sushi counter, and fresh juices, the impressive range of hot and cold food options provide plenty of healthy inspiration, whether you’re grabbing something on-the-go, or relaxing in the on-site café.


6. Guru Coffee House


Guru Coffee House in Gloucester prides itself on serving quality food and drink, made with fresh ingredients and without any added sugar. What’s more, with a menu designed around its passion for a healthy lifestyle, the eatery is perfect for health conscious diners.

The menu is split into numerous sections including breakfast, grill, low carb, healthy bowl foods, sandwiches, and salads; not forgetting the tempting pancakes, waffles and desserts, which offer all of the sweetness without the guilt.


7. The Organic Farm Shop


The Organic Farm Shop’s award-winning café in Cirencester is inspired by the 10-acre vegetable garden that surrounds it, something reflected on its healthy and organic menu, which is bursting with nutritious dishes including salads, soups, curries, bakes, tarts, and much more.

Dishes change daily, but visitors can expect a varied menu which features child-friendly food in addition to organic wines, ciders and local beers, whilst a selection of eco, organic and environmentally friendly magazines are there for diners’ browsing pleasure.


8. Woodruffs Organic Café


Britain’s first totally organic café, Woodruffs in Stroud is dedicated to using seasonal produce and whole foods in its dishes, flying the flag for independents by championing local suppliers.

Taking care to cater to dietary requirements, the menu encompasses everything from light breakfasts and smoothies, to main meals and vegetable juices. Whether you’re craving a warming bowl of porridge, a spicy bean burger, or selection of tapas, there are plenty of healthy dishes to tuck into.


9. Applebar

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For freshly pressed juices and blended smoothies, Applebar in Cheltenham is sure to suffice, offering a wide range of fruit, vegetable and superfood combinations, with ingredients including raw cacao, avocado, coconut milk, ginger and raw honey on the impressive menu.

What’s more, with a range of hot drinks including spiced turmeric and honey; cacao; and vanilla matcha lattes, freshly made soup of the day, and nourishing stews, the bar has plenty to delight health food fans.


By Kathryn Godfrey

© SoGlos
Tuesday 18 April 2017

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