Make Every Meal Healthier! Kiwis are eating out more than we ever have in the past. But often, eating out means compromising on health. We don’t think it should be this way.
Of course eating out is a pleasure and a treat, and choosing food just because it’s healthy on a special occasion is a sure-fire way to kill the fun! But since eating out is an almost everyday experience for many of us, we think it would be wonderful to see more chefs giving health more than a passing thought. Many chefs now are very interested in the provenance and seasonality of their food; in how it was grown and raised and where it comes from. It’s only a small step from there to thinking about the good it might do the eater – and look at cutting the saturated fat and salt and upping the vegetables.
Tell us your favourite healthy restaurants and cafés around the country
We know there are some really great, healthy places to eat all over NZ. We’d love to hear your tips and recommendations, especially in the higher-end restaurants (we’ve found cafés tend to do a better job on healthy dishes than fine dining places). Post your comments below.
Here are a few of ours to get you started…
We have to give points to Auckland’s Heritage Hotel for their Hectors Restaurant, which has a full vegan menu alongside the regular one, and a completely plant-based menu in the lobby bar. We’re not vegetarian, but way to go celebrating vegetables!
Revive Café, in central Auckland, is another café that offers substantial salads and a ‘hotpot of the day’ which is a curry, stew or casserole served with brown rice.
In Wellington, Healthy Food Guide reader Julia Hunt rates Vietnamese restaurant 88 in Te Aro and Cambodian restaurant Siem Reap, which she says both have “really good vege portions, and great reviews!” She also likes Café Maranui in Lyall Bay, which she says is affordable and “their vege breakfast has the best selection of veges and is deeelicious!”.
Sue Woodgate of Christchurch recommends Silver Birch in Prebbleton. “The owners also own a fruit and veg shop (which is on the same piece of land as their restaurant) and their veges are always crisp and fresh and the meals aren’t too smothered in heavy sauces.“
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Tell us what you think and/or share your tips on this month's topic, Eating out. If you add your comment below before midnight on Sunday 9 September and we publish your feedback in Healthy Food Guide magazine, you will win a prize!