Fuel your fitness regime with superfood smoothies, wholesome, filling salads and warming seasonal soups from Body Fuel Cafe
How are those New Year’s resolutions going for you? Still eating healthily and running three times a week? I didn’t think so… Don’t worry I’m not judging you – I’m in the same boat as you. What you need is somewhere that make it nice and easy for you. Somewhere with a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu that’s wholesome, healthy and nutritious, without sugars or additives. You need newly opened, Body Fuel Cafe on Church Road in Hove.
If you’re wondering exactly where this healthy haven is, all you have to do is walk along to Bagelman, cross over the road and you can’t miss its lairy green and white exterior.
The menu is split into three sections: breakfast – offering porridge, through to pancakes, salad bar – with pre-designed or make your own options and smoothies – made with fresh fruit and vegetables plus protein powder options. Furthermore, all of the above are available with kids options made for smaller appetites as well as gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options. Plus, everything can be taken away, even breakfast!
When I popped in before Christmas I tried something from each area of the menu to get a full picture of the offering. Here’s what I thought:
Breakfast – £3 – £6.50
According to the owners, Verity and Jason, the most popular item on their menu is smashed avocado, with fresh chilli and poached eggs on toast (£6). To cater for its demand, breakfast is now served right up until 2pm. Always keen to try a recommendation, I started with this and I was glad I did. When I sliced into my two perfectly poached eggs rich, golden yolk oozed out onto the soft sourdough and to my relief, there wasn’t a trace of lumps in the freshly smashed avocado. The kick of heat from the chilli made it all a lot more interesting too. At £6 it’s also great value for money.
Salad £6.50 – £9.50
At the salad bar, there are five pre-designed salad bowls to choose from, plus the option to make your own. When making your own you begin by picking a single or double portion of protein (either chicken, steak, salmon, mackerel, tuna, falafel or halloumi), followed by a base (hot sweet potato, brown rice, spiced couscous, quinoa or lettuce, rocket and spinach) and six items from the dairy counter (e.g. avocado, boiled egg, chickpeas, edamame, roasted vegetables, feta or seeds). The final choice is your dressing, which includes, lemon or balsamic vinaigrette, chilli and lime, honey mustard, tzatziki or hummus.
I opted for the Super Superfoods salad and honey mustard dressing, £8 with salmon fillet, quinoa, spinach, beetroot, avocado, seeds, roasted cauliflower, edamame beans and broccoli. What I was served was a portion so huge and varied in veggies that it could be mistaken for Usain Bolt’s Olympic race meal. Everything was fresh and full or flavour and centrepiece salmon wasn’t a minute overdone, making it beautifully moist and flakey.
Smoothies – All £4.95
Entirely fruit-filled smoothies aren’t actually that healthy because they are full of sugar, albeit natural sugar, but I couldn’t resist the sound of the Tropical Delight smoothie. Packed with orange, honeydew melon, pineapple, passion fruit and lime it was too sweet to ignore. If you’re looking for a healthier choice there are plenty of other smoothie options that contain more nutritious ingredients like nut butter (known for improving breast health and for lowering bad cholesterol), almond milk (lower in calories than dairy and containing no cholesterol or saturated fat), pumpkin seeds (filled with antioxidants), spinach (energy restorer and vitality improver) and avocado (full of vitamin e and iron). But my smoothie was just what I fancied, thick, fruity and filling.
PRICE: £6pp for breakfast £8pp for lunch
RATING: Must Go | Give It A Miss | Worth A Try
SCORES ON THE DOORS: 5/5 from the FSA for food hygiene
Gym bunnies will love it, as will anyone with food allergies or intolerances but so will those who just wants to eat food that’s guilt free but still filling. In terms of ways to improve, it would be great to see the calories for each dish marked up on the menu and some pure vegetable smoothies on the menu but other than that there’s not much I can falter. I’ll be heading down again in January to make more of a dent in the menu and fuel up after my 5k runs. I recommend you do too.
Need To Know
Body Fuel Cafe opens from 8am until 6pm daily.
*Disclaimer: I was invited to Body Fuel Cafe to review so my meal with complimentary but as always, my opinion isn’t swayed by freebies and you are getting my honest opinion on the whole experience.