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Healthy Lunches With Huna Blends

I really would like to eat more healthily, especially at lunch time. I love my food and there’s nothing I like better than tucking into a good sandwich in my lunch hour. But I usually feel a bit bloated and sleepy afterwards, and I know I’m not doing myself any favours. But it’s hard to kick the habit! So when I learned about a new healthy food pop-up called Huna Blends opening just around the corner from my office in Shoreditch, I was keen to see what it had to offer. Huna Blends sells ‘Manna Bowl Meals’ and Power Shakes. Now I’m sure you can work out what the latter is, but perhaps not the former, as they’re the first company to bring them to the UK. The Manna Bowl meal is a cold-blend bowl served as a thick sorbet (a granita of non-dairy milk – hemp, coconut or almond) with a choice of two different crunchy toppings. ‘Crunch A’ consists of toasted buckwheat, crisped rice, mixed seeds, dried fruit and coconut. ‘Crunch B’ is …

Healthy Alpine Snacking – Cuckoo Bircher Muesli

As you may have read in some of my previous posts, I don’t usually have the healthiest approach to breakfast – it’s typically nothing at all or something far too indulgent. So, recently, I’ve been trying other options to get into a better morning habit. I had tried out fruit and yoghurt, and next up on the list was muesli. In particular, Cuckoo Bircher Muesli. I’d never been particularly inclined to try muesli. My mum eats it quite a lot, with a bit of milk and fruit, but it always looks so incredibly dry to me, even though she loves it! But in the nature of trying new things, I thought I’d give it a go. And I was pleasantly surprised! Cuckoo Bircher Muesli was set up by two school friends, Anna Mackenzie and Lucy Wright, who first tried bircher muesli on a school trip to Switzerland. It obviously left a lasting impression because years later, after graduating from university and trying out some exciting flavour combinations, they have turned it into a successful business. …

Lunch from FalafeLicious, Boxpark, Shoreditch

I had seen FalafeLicious advertised on Facebook (via Boxpark), and had been wanting to try it out for some time. And yesterday was the day! I headed over for lunch and was really impressed by the range on offer. I originally thought it would just be falafel in pitta bread (as I’d seen on Facebook), but was surprised to see their extensive range of salads. For £4.95 you can indeed have falafel in pitta, but for £6.95 you can have falafel in a big salad box, which is what I opted for. I think I counted 20 different types of salads/dressings on offer, including things like couscous, grilled aubergines, white beans, red cabbage and marinated olives, and a particularly delicious red chilli sauce! Once I’d filled up my salad box with all of these goodies, I headed for the counter where the lady added a whopping eight freshly cooked falafel. I was asked if I wanted houmous and tahini, to which I said a big YES, as they’re two of my favourite dips, as well …