Turns out, eating Pringles and pizza after an exercise class doesn't work to maintain your weight. So, I'm taking on January - 'New Year, New Me' and all that - and getting back on the wagon in a bid to loose those extra inches that have crept back on. Plan is to go through the entire of January without a single 'cheat meal' to blast off a bit of fat, before settling into a healthy, balanced lifestyle that involves lots of exercise and healthy food, without denying myself a Dominos and a share bag of Twirl Bites every now and then.
But I love eating out, so I'm always on the look out for healthy places to sit and enjoy a meal that I haven't had to cook, without feeling like I've cheated. One of the latest healthy eateries on my radar is the Body Fuel Cafe on Church Road in Hove. It's a lovely little cafe (with exposed brick walls - an interior love of mine) that serves breakfasts, lunches, snacks and smoothies, with your waistline in mind.
After smashing two classes on one rainy Saturday morning, I made the excursion over to Hove to refuel with something delicious and nutritious. Despite the amazing looking hot food and salads, we arrived at 12.30, just in time to order off the breakfast menu - and I'm a sucker for brunch. It was a toss up between protein pancakes, homemade granola or eggs - but I can't say no to sourdough, so eggs it was.
|on sourdough, with smoked salmon|
|on rye, with rump steak|
In actual fact, it was smashed avocado (properly smashed - not half-assed chopped like they do in Bill's) fresh chilli and PERFECTLY poached eggs, with extra smoked salmon, on the most gloriously chewy sourdough bread. Rich chose the same, but he had rye instead of sourdough and steak instead of salmon. I'm not really a fan of beef (unless it's in a burger) but it looked so tender and moist that I did get a little bit of food envy. Having said that, the smoked salmon was divine, and let me tell you, after a 1500 calorie burn at the gym, it certainly hit the spot.
And to wash it down, I ordered a smoothie called 'not naughty, definitely nice' which contained; almond milk, banana, nut butter, raw cacao, vanilla, honey and cinnamon, with optional added protein (but I decided to go without as I'd already had a protein shake before the gym). This was delicious too, although similar to one I had made at home earlier in the week, so I kinda wish I'd picked something different. I think the name won me over!
After all that, I was absolutely stuffed, but I picked up a dates & cacao flapjack to take home.
Although the location of the Body Fuel Cafe is a bit of a trek from my house, it was worth the trip and I definitely want to go back to sample some of the other yummy things on the menu. But, please Body Fuel - open a second cafe on London Road!