The January challenge to stay healthy can be difficult when talk turns to going out for dinner. Not wanting to be the only one ordering the side salad without dressing, it is often tempting to just pass and head out again in a couple of months when the pressure has died down and your resolutions are long forgotten.
Luckily you are not alone in your desire for a little protein kick or low carb dinner as a number of restaurants have launched menus for January that are high on taste but low on the fat.
This is where you will find us this month:
Ready for the January diet overhaul the Andina have just launched a brand-new workout-friendly menu based around their Peruvian cuisine, designed to boost energy pre and post-gym session. Nutritionally-packed offerings galore include protein-rich dishes including the morning chia seed pudding, and traditional Peruvian tacu-tacu butterbean 'Peruanazo' for dinner.
Andina, 1 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DJ
Homely and nutritious middle-eastern food cooked to perfection. Walk past the delicious cakes sitting in the window and indulge in the chopped vegetable salad, creamy feta, zaatar & pomegranates or the Lahma made with roasted marinated peppers , walnut muhamra and feta on a pitta base for a taste overhaul without guilt.
Honey and Co, 25a Warren Street, London W1T 5LZ
The super-cute Notting Hill deli is bursting with fresh, healthy options all stacked together including char-grilled broccoli with chilli and garlic and red cabbage, apple, kohlrabi, kale and carrot 'slaw with dried cranberry and tarragon that will make you forget every roast potato and blanketed pig you ate in December.
Ottolenghi Notting Hill, 63 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AD
With a brand new store opening in Fitzroy Place W1 the Detox Kitchen is really taking off as a favourite spot for healthy eaters. The deli menus are heavy on the salads but the colourful blends of pomegranate, sweet potato and avocado among the dishes are fantastic January pick-me-ups. The team also do home meal plans for the more hard-core detoxers.
The Detox Kitchen, 10 Mortimer Street, London, W1T 3JJ
The Grain Store has an incredible variety of flavours available on the menu without having to sacrifice the diet. Freshly-grilled fish, vibrant pulse and vegetable dishes are plentiful. The parsnip and white chocolate cream dessert will be hard to pass up though.
The Grain Store, Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, King's Cross, London N1C 4AB
Based on traditional Danish cuisine, this bright and cosy space has an abundance of healthy cured fish served alongside in-store baked sour dough bread and pickles that are all super-filling as well as bursting with flavour.
Snaps and Rye, 93 Golborne Road, London, W10 5NL
The kings of raw food that also specialise in cleanses. Nama is the place to go if you're looking to try going raw but need a little persuasion. The chocolate and beetroot brownies taste too good to be so healthy. Its also a great way to try your favourites like pad thai or canneloni in a totally new way.
Nama, 110 Talbot Road, W11, 1JRLondon