A foodie’s day of detox in London

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Tim Firmager

Tim divides his time being a Digital Consultant in The City and as a food and travel writer across the globe. When he's not working as one of the Lifestyle Editors here at Vada, he's planning his next trip, or on the lookout for the latest food crazes or unusual foods in London's markets.
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After the Christmas and New Year celebrations, here at Vada Magazine we can’t quite shake off that lingering bloated feeling. A day of detoxification is definitely required to kick-start the New Year’s resolutions about getting fitter (rather than fatter) and making an honest attempt at eating healthier.

For healthy options throughout the day (breakfast, lunch, dinner and an obligatory spa treatment – self-pampering is a must when detoxing), here is our roundup of how to detox in London.

Breakfast

To start off your day of detox in London, you need the all-important breakfast. There are a couple of options depending on whether you find yourself north or south of the Thames in the morning.

Healthy Breakfast from Gary Durrant at Hunter 486

Between 24 and 30 January, Hunter 486 are offering a healthy breakfast option for £19, which includes dishes such as the high-protein egg-white omelette with feta and spinach, or Bircher muesli with almost milk, blueberries, flax and chia seeds. All breakfasts include a fruit and vegetable smoothie.

Hunter 486 is located within The Arch London hotel.

Brunch at Brew

Brew’s freshly squeezed juices (£5.50 each) are a great remedy to perk you up and make sure you get your five-a-day. Our favourites include:

-Popeye: English pear, spinach and Braeburn apple
-Citrus Recharge: Pink grapefruit, orange and lemon
-Ginger Beet: Orange, beetroot, carrot and ginger
-Red Rocket: Cranberry, pear and ginger
-Energiser: Carrot, apple, ginger and celery

Served up with a portion of avocado and cottage cheese on toasted pide bread, this will definitely set you up for the morning.

Brew has locations south of the river in Putney, Chiswick, Clapham, Wimbledon and Wandsworth.

Lunch

Our detox in London lunch options come courtesy of Maple&FITZ and bunnychow.

detox in London - Maple&FITZ

Maple&FITZ

Their £10 January Resetting package of a salad, soup and juice will set you on the straight and narrow and help undo the ill effects of your Christmas bingeing. There are two salad options, both of which are gluten- and dairy-free:

-vitamin-packed Julius Caesar made with kale, toasted buckwheat and mangetout; or
-immune-boosting Sweet Caroline made with roasted sweet potato and celeriac shredded beets and kale (our favourite).

The soup options include:

-Barley Stew – made with barley, celery, carrots and plum tomatoes;

-Take My Broth Away – made with vegetable broth, gluten-free buckwheat noodles, baby spinach, mushrooms and tofu;
-Love Root Soup – made with carrots, sweet potato, toasted spices, green apple and garlic.

Maple&FITZ can be found in Fitzrovia.

detox in London - bunnychow

Bunny Chow

Bunny Chow is a Soho-based South African street-food concept. Their ‘better breads’ option for January means you can order a gluten-free bread, a charcoal brioche, a protein wholemeal bread or a matcha green tea white bread stuffed with delicious, wholesome fillings.

To accompany your better breads meal, there is a new range of juices and cocktails to keep the winter bugs at bay.

Bunny Chow is located on Wardour Street in Soho.

detox in London - Rudie's swordfish

Dinner

Dining out whilst trying to eat healthily often leads us very easily into dessert-based temptation. However, by visiting a venue where healthy eating is the focus of the January menu, it can be that bit easier. That is what Rudie’s are offering in the swordfish steak with salad and a lime and coriander sauce (£12.50).

You can still order guilt-free Jamaican juice from Rudie’s too – mixed with either tamarind, coriander or a scotch bonnet – which will blast you clean of winter bugs.

Rudie’s is found in Dalston, East London.

detox in London - K Spa

Spa treatment

For a January spa detox in London, the Baobab African Ritual from K-Spa is our treatment of the month. The Baobab, so nicknamed the ‘feel good fruit’, has six times more Vitamin C than an orange, twice as much a calcium as a glass of milk and more iron than a steak.

The treatment using the Baobab starts with a full body exfoliation, followed by a massage and cooling therapy for the legs, and costs £110 for a 70-minute session. This smoothing and hydrating experience will leave you feeling and looking rejuvenated, and a complimentary Baobab smoothie will leave feeling energised too!

K Spa is part of the K-West Hotel & Spa, which is located near Holland Park.

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