With modern life having us running at 100 miles an hour, lunch hours are becoming a thing of the past, replaced by grabbing food on the go or eating at our desks. When unprepared and lacking time we often end up with a meal that's not as healthy as we would like... or not as tasty! So to help make grabbing a healthy lunch easier, we’ve rounded up our 5 favourite spots for on the go lunches in central London.
The Neat Café
We couldn't do a round up of the best lunch spots in London without including ourselves could we! We might be biased, but the Neat Café in lululemon's flagship store on Regent Street is the perfect spot to stop by for a quick bite to eat. Come by and cool down with one our famous shakes, or grab a cup of Ozone coffee and one of our meals or snacks to go.
We recommend: A sweet like chocolate shake, made with chocolate protein (whey or vegan), banana, peanut butter and almond milk, paired with a vegan snickers bar for a delicious afternoon treat.
With a Pret on pretty much every corner in London these days, it's always a reliably tasty option for a quick meal. After recent menu changes it's also a great place for veggies and vegans, with plenty of salad and sandwich options as well as their tasty dairy-free turmeric lattes and coconut chocolate brownies.
We recommend: The mediterranean mezze salad made with falafel, beet hummus and roasted squash.
Wasabi might not be the first place people think of when looking for a healthy lunch, but sushi is a pretty light and fresh option, fuelling you with a great balance of protein, fats and carbs. If your trying to keep it on the healthy side, avoid the deep fried fillings and the katsu curries and get in your omega 3's instead with some tasty salmon sushi.
We recommend: The rainbow set with brown rice and a side of edamame - the salmon and avocado maki is always a winner!
Planet Organic has overturned the 'hippie' organic shopping stereotype and made buying healthy, natural food slick and sophisticated. As well as a fully stocked store, they also have a grab & go counter to satisfy your stomach at lunchtime. With options ranging from hearty curries and roasted sweet potato to lighter rainbow-coloured slaws and greek salads, there is something to please everyone at their pick and mix hot and cold deli counter.
We recommend: Pair one of their hot dishes, such as the tomato meatballs or lentil curry with their carrot and beetroot slaws and steamed broccoli.
Prefer somewhere independent over a chain cafe? Then check out Savage Salads, who are taking the city by storm with their popular salad stalls. With locations across London and a menu that rotates every couple of months, including choices like a tomato, cucumber, red onion, chickpea and black olive salad and a roasted beetroot and cous cous combo, you can always expect colourful salad boxes that certainly don't scrimp on flavour or substance!
We recommend: A selection of their salads with haloumi or chicken and an extra soft boiled egg.