Healthy eating hotspots

This Image: Novi's inventive dishes, Daisy Dickinson

Start the new year with nourishing goodness

If the old adage ‘you are what you eat’ is true, most of us are currently composed of some unholy combination  of Twiglets, sparkling wine and novelty chocolates. As such, seeking out a few green things to eat to redress the balance mightn’t be a bad idea. If you are on a
bit of a new year nutrition kick, the good news is that Cambridge now has loads of eateries which proudly serve health-conscious dishes that don’t skimp
on tastiness. 

An excellent first port of call is Co Fifteen: a blissfully chilled-out café over in Cherry Hinton that serves lunches and brunches filled with goodness. Cosy up with red quinoa porridge, tuck into veggie-packed Balance Bowls and – our top tip – sample the Life-changing Loaf, which is loaded with nuts and seeds, making for perfect morning fuel. 

Elsewhere, Novi on Regent Street is big on thoughtful food, offering colourful seasonal salads, tofu scramble, smoothies, vegan treats and more – plus, their leafy roof terrace is a perfect zen zone for reading the papers and relaxing. 

This Image: healthy delights at Co Fifteen, Daisy Dickinson

For an uber-instagrammable dish of glow-giving goodness, the Rainbow Bowl at Espresso Library is hard to beat with its cornucopia of fresh veggies and grains, but if you can’t resist a burger, check out EL’s ‘Tummy Loving’ patty of smokey tempeh and grilled Portobello mushroom slathered with pistachio pesto. 

Pioneering Mill Road indie Arjuna has been bringing the people of Cambridge wholefoods and vegan treats since the 1970s – making it the first shop of its kind in the city. From cashews to cacao, aduki beans to quinoa, it’s a one-stop shop for all your wholefood needs, plus you can pick up superfood salads, vegan curries and more at the takeaway counter. 

Want to learn how to create your own feel-good feasts at home? Cambridge Cookery School has a hands-on Food for Wellbeing class on 7 February which focuses on plant-based and dairy-free recipes. The day begins with a welcome bowl of Swedish rye porridge and will take you through creating vibrant veggie-friendly dishes including roast parsnip salad with  pomegranate and za’atar, sweet potato hummus with dukkah and potato and chickpea based spicy burgers. The class finishes with a communal lunch with wine, and you’ll be sent on your way with a full recipe pack to keep you inspired.