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Need some inspiration to get you opting more for plant-based, LCHF, gluten-free, low-fat or organic options? We’ve got you sorted with all the delicious options. Here’s our selection of restaurants that are dishing up some of the most conscious and healthy fare in Joburg.
While the popular vegan and vegetarian restaurant in Greenside has changed ownership, it retains its identity as the home of delicious wholesome cuisine. The fare is also often gloriously experimental; think battered black rice sushi or meringues made from chickpea aquafaba. Moreish salads are all the rage in summer: the Conscious Summer Salad – of sundried tomatoes, brown lentils, baby spinach, rocket, tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, toasted pumpkin seeds and grilled aubergines tossed in signature balsamic-and-agave dressing – is a perfect choice. Alternatively, the Blossom Bowl with red cabbage, sliced carrots, sautéed spinach, sweet potato, steamed chickpeas, quinoa, avocado and hummus, also comes highly recommended amongst a number of equally lip-smacking meals.
Jewish-inspired cuisine with vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, egg-free and fat-free options is the focus of Eat Your Heart Out. For an omelette that makes all others bland in comparison, try the Israeli Breakfast, an omelette spiced with za’atar and served with pita, diced salad, pickled cabbage, olives, chilli, hummus and cottage cheese. Of course, the shawarmas are among the best in the city, so try the chicken option with thinly sliced chicken breast, Middle Eastern spices, hummus, chopped salad, tahini and chilli (optional). It comes served in a laffa with fries or salad.
A lunch-time hotspot serving daily buffets with a wide variety of salads, curries, quiches, soups and baked goods, this eatery has reasonably priced, diverse and healthy fare. A sumptuous treat on the set menu is the mock chicken wrap with veg ‘chicken’ strips that have been baked in sweet chilli sauce, along with salad greens, tomato and spring onions. Cooling summer fruit-and-veg juices include the tempting Fat Flush (grapefruit, cucumber, pineapple and mint) and Super Slim-Down juice (lime, cucumber, apple and pineapple).
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The vegan cheese here is the stuff of legends, and the vegan pizzas (with sourdough or gluten-free bases) are arguably unrivalled. Pop into this much-loved Greenside vegetarian and vegan-friendly eatery to discover the limitless options available for responsibly sourced and scrumptious food. Give the caper bacon pizza – made with crispy tofu ‘bacon’, capers, tomato and cashew sunflower cheese – a try (R99), or the Bolognese pizza with lentil Bolognese, green peppers, sprouts, and cashew sunflower cheese.
Founded by Gary Jackson, who was inspired by his Mediterranean-diet fan wife, Irene, to eat more healthily, this grocer, bakery, butchery and healthy restaurant is any foodie’s paradise – especially when it comes to breakfast. Whether or not you’re a traditional fry-up type of person, Jackson’s Real Food has something for you. The Full Farmer’s Grill (scrambled eggs, bacon, grilled tomato, fried mushrooms, duo of sausages and sourdough bread) gets the banting nod, and the vegan breakfast bowl (raw kale, avo, mushroom and cherry tomatoes fried in coconut oil, sprinkled with mixed seeds and served with a lemon wedge and sourdough bread on the side) gets the vegan stamp of approval.
In busy mall food courts, it’s not easy to find a restaurant that considers the nutritional value of its offerings. Krunch is an exception, with a menu of açai smoothie bowls, protein crumpets and baked falafel wraps and salads. Many of the salads can be converted to wraps, which is pure genius. Try the It’s Summer Salad, made of zucchini noodles, lentils, apples, cranberries, Danish feta and sunflower seeds as a salad or wrap. If a pure, fresh and crunchy option is what you’re after, get the Quinoa Super Salad, which is made of quinoa, cucumber, raw beetroot, broccoli, roast butternut, Danish feta, chia seeds, mint and peas with a dressing of your choice.
In addition to being worth the scenic country meander, this eatery prides itself on tasty, lovingly prepared vegetarian cuisine and very popular desserts. Ranging from chocolate-orange cheesecake (raw cacao, almonds, cashews, orange juice, raw honey and vanilla) to home-made chocolates and raw gelato scoops, the desserts are not only wholesome and conscious but affordable, too. It’s a child-friendly venue, so take the little ones along and order something off the kiddies’ menu, which has options for the lactose- and gluten-intolerant.
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Eat Out does not endorse any particular eating plan. We just want to help you find tasty food that helps you stick to your goals. Consult a doctor before making drastic diet changes.
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