Healthy Eating when eating out

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…

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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.

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Fruit compote at Kooks Brighton

Research suggests that gram for gram a lean source of protein, such as eggs, fish or tofu will keep you full for longer than carbs or fat so poached eggs or avocado smash make another great option, check out the Club Toast at The New Club or the veggie hash at Starfish and Coffee. Here is our rundown of vegan breakfasts in Brighton too, should this be of interest.

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 Smorl’s, Terre-a-Terre and Iydea. We have also compiled a summary  of where’s best for a Sunday roast if you are vegetarian or vegan.

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Food at Smorl’s Kitchen in the Open Market

3. Drink fresh juices

With easy-to-absorb vitamins and minerals, fresh juices are more often nutritious and contain less sugar than processed drinks. Get your fix at juice bars like 42 Juice, You Juice and Moksha Caffe has some wonderful nutritional shakes and did you know that they have recently celebrated 10 years of trading?

Celebrating 10 years – Nutritional Shakes at Moksha Caffe on York Place

4. Cut back on caffeine

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

Cool places in Brighton Small Batch Coffee

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 GB1, The Copper Clam, Riddle & Finn, The Salt Room and The Little Fish Market.

Salt Room Brighton

6. Add raw food to your diet

Heating food can destroy certain enzymes and nutrients, while raw food is packed with the good stuff. Eat more fresh salad, fruit, nuts and raw veg at places like Silo and Eat Naked or try an all-raw meal at Purezza.

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7. Eat whole grains

These retain more natural fibres 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 and Café Plenty.

The Flour Pot Bakery and Cafe, North Laine, Brighton

8. Swap bad fats for good

Saturated fats are best avoided, while unsaturated fats are important for a healthy body. Swap pies, fatty meats and hard cheeses, for lean cuts, yoghurts, nuts and avocado – V&H Café and Kooks do a mean avo on toast and Smorl’s completely vegan menu is packed full of dishes rich in good fats like their homemade houmous and falafel.

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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 fibre. Try all-vegan kitchen Smorl’s, or vegan options at Moshimo, Tropical SushiPlanet India and Infinity Food Café. Here is our vegan review for Moshimo Brighton and find out here about the Moshimo Vegan Wednesdays.

10. Cut back on processed foods

Avoid hidden sugars, salts and fats by eating unprocessed foods. There’s a raft of Brighton restaurants (many already listed in this article) that favour ‘whole foods’ over processed. One that deserves a mention is Silo. Their 0% waste ethos makes them one of a kind in Brighton and here is their recent vegan review.

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Un-processed dishes at Silo