Fresh bites for a new year
After the indulgence of Christmas and the winter season, it’s time to be good to your body and focus on fresh, healthy nutrition. Whether you’re giving Veganuary a go, challenging yourself to take on dry January or simply looking for something lighter, our dining spots have you covered…
Always a sure winner when you’re taking on Veganuary, Wagamama regularly adds plenty of plant-based delights to its menu that will make the month of meatless eating a joy to experience! To start, why not sample their king oyster skewers – mushroom ribbons coated in a sticky red chilli and miso glaze – then tuck into a silken tofu gochujang rice bowl with bok choi, pickled cucumber, snow onion slaw and red onion. Add a side of crunchy wok-fried greens with garlic and soy sauce and you’ll be laughing.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to just be for vegans – head to YO! for small, fresh plates for every diet and taste. Sample a platter of different tantalising Japanese delights – from glazed chicken tsukune meatball sticks dotted with wasabi mayo and sprinkled with sesame (235 kcal), to crispy coconut prawn kushikatsu drizzled with coconut sriracha (132 kcal). Or dig in to their brand new Soup ‘n’ Slurp Dumplings: steamed pork loong buns topped with fried noodles, with either spicy curry sauce or miso and kimchi broth flavours.
Looking for something comforting to help you through your Veganuary? Costa is continuing its collaboration with BOSH!, the plant-based culinary experts, so make sure you try their new saucy ‘chicken’ fajita wrap, featuring a tomato tortilla wrap, spicy tomato sauce and roasted red peppers. Or start your day with a crackin’ ham and cheeze toastie, with plant-based smoky ham, cheeze and plant-based mayo, or a plant-based sausage bap. Pair it with an oat milk latte, and you’ll be ready to hit those icy streets.
If you’re after a filling lunchtime vegan option, why not pay a visit to Chandos Deli? They’re constantly updating their menus with fresh local produce and exciting new dishes. Try their most beloved vegan sandwich, which has returned by popular demand – tuck into panko breaded fried tofu, shaved radish and cucumber dressed in sumac and fresh herbs, tahini yoghurt, roasted chilli aioli, fresh rocket served on soft, springy bread – delicious!
Would Nando’s be your first choice for a light, vegan evening meal? Maybe it should be! There’s every reason to try their colourful Rainbow Bowl – packed with warmed spiced grains and long-stem broccoli with houmous, rainbow slaw, pickled golden carrot and a sprinkle of seeds – plus, it’s under 550 calories! Or if you don’t want to be left out, sample a wrap, burger or sandwich filled with their own Great Imitator plant-based alternative. It tastes and looks like their signature PERi-PERi chicken, but it’s made of pea protein.
Coffee #1, Starbucks
Whether you’re a vegan for life, trying out Veganuary, lactose free or just looking for a lighter option than dairy, our coffee shops are all equipped with plant-based alternatives so you won’t have to give up your daily favourite brew. Choose from coconut, soya or oat milk at Coffee #1, plus Starbucks also offers almond milk as another dairy-free alternative and drink your flat white, latte or cappuccino in peace. Pair it with a vegan cake for a 11 o’clock pick me up – go on you deserve it!
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