Healthy eating in Brighton

Has the end of the festive season bought on the need for a cleanse? Brighton is full of healthy eating gems to get you feeling good again after, let’s face it, a month or so of Quality Streets for breakfast and post 10 pm cheese boards.

There’s no need to let your good intentions slip when you eat out. Here are ten healthy eating tips to keep you on track…

Overhead table shot with people sitting at the table eating a variety of brunch dishes.

1. Eat a healthy breakfast

Do this for better concentration, more energy and easier weight control. Look for a balance of wholegrain and protein which is easy on sugars, granola with yoghurt or a milk alternative, topped with fresh fruit can keep you going for longer, try the Kooks berry granola compote if you’re in the North Laine or the Granola Bowls at Moksha, featuring homemade gluten-free granola served with yoghurt and blueberries. Research suggests that gram for gram a lean source of protein, such as eggs, fish or tofu will keep you full for longer. Check out the pesto tofu and avocado at Trading Post Coffee or the veggie hash at Starfish and Coffee. Here is our rundown of vegan breakfasts in Brighton too, should this be of interest.

Planet India Brighton

2. Eat five fruit & veg

To stave off everything from heart disease to cancer, The World Health Organisation recommends at least 400g of fruit and veg a day. Fill up at veggie restaurants like The Roundhill, Smorl’s, Terre-a-Terre and Manjus. Try the veggie options on the Indian street food-inspired menu at Curry Leaf Cafe. We have also compiled a summary of where’s best for a Sunday roast if you are vegetarian or vegan.

coffee, cafe, Redroaster, Brighton, Kemptown

4. Cut back on caffeine

Switch tea and coffee for healthy hot drinks like trendy matcha tea. Moksha Caffe has good options along with Trading Coffee Post and Red Roaster, Flour Pot Bakery and Small Batch. If you can’t cut back, here is our rundown of where to head for coffee in Brighton.

Sushi feast served on a wooden boat platter with people using chopsticks to pick pieces of sushi.

5. Eat more oily fish

For less risk of cardiovascular disease, vision loss and dementia, experts recommend at least one portion of oily fish a week. Try mackerel, sardines, salmon, trout and fresh tuna at seafood specialist restaurants like The Urchin, The Copper Clam, The Salt Room, The Little Fish Market. If sushi is your style, Moshimo does the best in town guaranteeing fresh, sustainable fish on every dish they serve.

The Flour Pot Bakery, Five Ways, Cafe, Brighton

7. Eat whole grains

These retain more natural fibers and nutrients than refined grains. Choosing them can lower your cholesterol and control your blood sugar. Ask about whole grain breads at The Flour Pot Bakery.

Lucky Khao Brighton - Food Made Good Awards

9. Go vegan

Veganism isn’t for everyone but, now and then, we could all benefit from plant-based meals that are low in saturates and high in fiber. Try vegan Japanese cuisine at Kujira or a plant based dish at Lucky Khao, which has plenty of veggie and vegan options on their northern Thai style BBQ menu that are not to be missed. For some unexpected vegan goodness, we couldn’t go without mentioning the vegan nuggets at Lost Boys Chicken.

Redroaster Brighton

10. Clue up

The team at Redroaster is highlighting wellness for two weeks in January, beginning on the 6th and running through until the 16th. A program of talks and sessions from the most interesting wellness practitioners in the UK includes Tania Schnuppe, Anita Drozd and Dr Sasha Mitrofanov. Learn about topics such as detoxing and weight loss, the benefits of a juice cleanse and depression, anxiety, and addiction. Find out more information here.