Healthy restaurants Brighton
A change in season naturally means a change in diet for most. Hearty stews and pub fires give way to fresh salad bowls and BBQ’s on the beach. As is often the case, however, as we shake off the last remnants of winter and pop the wooly jumper and duffel coat into storage, we may discover a few stowaway layers that need addressing too. So it’s time to start checking out the healthy restaurants Brighton and Hove have to offer.
We’re not the sort to give you a low down of how to get beach gorgeous through 12 weeks of easy-for-some intensive suffering; this is Restaurants Brighton after all.
Luckily for us all, more and more restaurants are considering eating out and lifestyle as harmonious, meaning there’s plenty of tasty options with healthy perks to chose from.
Go with your gut.
The gut has been underappreciated for a long time but is at last getting its due respect. Whilst fermenting food has been used in the production of alcohol and for preserving produce naturally for hundreds of years, the health benefits are really getting the spotlight lately, aiding digestion through their beneficial enzymes, as well as supplying b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various probiotics.
With pickles and tempeh high on the fermented food list, Asian cuisine is a natural choice. Eating at Moshimo or 3rd Avenue’s sushi bar makes for great taste and happy guts (and don’t forget your cup of antioxidant rich green tea and fermented miso soup!)
Poke Bowls are also proving a popular choice, being full of variety and fresh flavours; they’re normally a great lunchtime or quick healthy option. Try the fantastic fusion of Japanese and Latin American cuisine in Hove’s Tropical Sushi.
Another age old diet that is having a renaissance is found in the Ayurvedic teachings of Indian Philosophy. Whilst the practice in full can take some getting used too, and really embraces the whole of one’s lifestyle, there are some culinary nuggets of ancient wisdom that we can all tuck in to.
Many of the key spices in Indian food have great medical and dietary benefits. Chilli helps boost the metabolism, great for helping to shift some weight. Whilst coriander, the new super spice, is considered to have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
If going to the gym is back in your life after a winter hiatus you might want to reach for the ginger too, this relative of coriander is considered beneficial for muscle ache as well as chronic indigestion.
Brighton is lucky to benefit from some really top quality Indian restaurants so getting a super dose of these super spices shouldn’t prove too taxing. Try Indian Summer’s thali for a well balanced meal full of spice, or a pre theatre meal that won’t leave you feeling heavy during the main act.
A massively growing trend and one that Brighton has always championed, the vegetarian and vegan diet has seen more than a few green shoots go up of late. Most restaurants will offer more than a handful of plant based dishes, helping you achieve healthy, happy and environmental wellbeing.
Food for Friends and Terre a Terre are both long established and highly acclaimed vegetarian restaurants and whilst neither would be pitched as healthy eating per se you can eat lavishly with less guilt. Moshimo’s Vegan VVednesday is a great way to get your pickles and your greens in one sitting whilst many of the dishes in Indian cuisine will naturally tend toward a strong vegetarian and vegan leaning.
A walk through Brighton’s busy streets reveals a plethora of dining options, some riding on the tide of current trends some rebuking them, most finding themselves somewhere in between.
Something all diets require is variety and Brighton has a lot of that on offer. Whilst moderation isn’t quite so much in keeping with our city’s ethos, we are lucky enough to have the option to ‘indulge well’. This even extends to our wine selection with venues such as Plateau and Mange Tout specialising in low sulphite and biodynamic wines.