TOP 4 'Dang-Child-You-Got-Hot' Healthy Eats
Written by: Violet Myers
We’re almost done with January and still carrying an extra Backstreet Boy worth of festive weight. We’re sick of celery, control pants and holding it in, we need some proper grub! Fear not, pop down that carrot and step away from that meal deal, we’ve found four of the best healthy eats a mere stones throw away! No gimmicks, no fads, no more crying into your Slim Fast, just some old fashioned local loveliness.
Wittle’s Deli’s mixed seasonal salad:
Roast sweet potato, feta, olives, green beans and pomegranate.
Skinny as a: Russian supermodel with a gluten allergy. This salad is vegetarian, low carb, low calories and high in tasty. Wittle’s Deli makes everything fresh on the day, the menu changes with the seasons.
Instagram worthy?: It’s not just about what’s on the inside you know! This is one good looking plate #nofilter.
So nice i’ll have to be as naughty as an: Italian Prime Minister.
Resulting smugness: Walked home with a significant swagger. Take that January!
Rose & Mary’s black rice with prawns and scallops:
A twist on a classic Spanish rice. Topped with liquorice-steamed prawns and scallops.
Skinny as: Christian Bale before Oscar’s season. All of Rose & Mary’s food is sugar and gluten free, this dish is also high in protein and low in fat!
Instagram worthy?: Rose & Mary is a food delivery system that caters to Crouch end, Stroud Green, Highgate and Muswell Hill. You don’t even need to leave the house to get yo’ greens on, but having to plate it yourself means that the dishes can look a little less high res than the others, try a filter or a zoom. Or you can just pop the plate next to a pot plant and a candle like us to up the pretty factor. Snazzy.
So nice i’ll have to be as naughty as a: Rich kid on Christmas. Not only are these dishes good for smoothing out your saddle bags they’re great for your soul bags too. All of the food is free range, responsibly sourced and comes in biodegradable packaging.
Resulting smugness: We’re full of nutrients, we’re feeling classy and we’re pretty much single handedly saving the world, smug doesn’t even cover it.
Chriskitch’s smoked salmon, poached egg and avocado:
Oak Smoked salmon, poached egg, cream cheese and avocado with homemade crispy cinnamon bread.
Skinny as: MC Hammer’s wallet during the late 80’s. It really shows the skill of a chef when they can create something so effortlessly delicious without piling on the fat. Free from meat, high in protein and omega three.
Instagram worthy?: Going to generate more likes than Kendall Jenner, Boo the Dog and all the yoga headstands this side of the equator combed, that is one hot plate!
So nice I’ll have to be as naughty as a: Banker in a strip club.
Resulting smugness: Off the charts. Chriskitch’s food is all made in-house, nothing is bought in. The meal is light, delicious and mops up a hangover better than a Wetherspoons.
EZ & Moss’ avocado on toast:
Smashed avocado with chilli-coriander relish and poached egg served on toast.
Skinny as: Everyone’s eyebrows during the early 90’s. All of EZ & Moss’ food is vegetarian, with plenty of vegan options too. Low in fat, high in daayuuummm!
Instagram worthy: The web is crawling with avocado toast snaps, but this little beauty is a definite contender, would you look at that golden yolk?
So nice i’ll have to be as naughty as a: Cigarette in an aerobics class. EZ & Moss buy their ingredients from small suppliers, the food is simply prepared, bursting with freshness and preservative free.
Resulting smugness: A totally guilt free treat, it’s light, it’s tasty and it’s pretty cheap too. This is how Gwyneth Paltrow must feel.
Spirited away from the hubbub of the city, sitting on the bustling boundaries of Islington and Camden, a 65 metre wide gallery resides hidden behind the Attic Self Storage building in Kings Cross. Market Road Gallery is a newly opened space for everyone to contribute to. It is London’s first bookable open air public gallery. Everyone, from the neighbourhood cat to a fancy pants established artiste, can create artwork for the space.
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“Arriving back in the UK, after a long time away, there seemed to have been a swing towards xenophobia and the dehumanizing and vilify of both migrants and refugees was happening at the highest levels. I wanted to create a short that would address this trend.” Director Daniel Mulloy
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Hang Up Gallery have some pretty hush hush news. And it goes a little something like this: Darryl ‘Run’ DMC McDaniels will be popping up in the Stoke Newington gallery this month to launch his new collection of works, The Art of DMC. This is the icon’s first London exhibition, showing new and unseen collection of ‘Darryl Makes Comics (DMC)’ Fine Art, a body of signed limited edition prints showcasing his underlying passion for comics.
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