If you enjoy eating out, but you're struggling to find restaurants that accommodate your dietary requirements, or you're tired of eating the same uninspired vegan/vegetarian meals every time, or you're worried that eating out is too unhealthy and you're struggling to make better menu choices, then you're in the right place!
I'll be sharing WHERE & WHAT TO EAT so you can enjoy delicious veggie meal combos that are well balanced, more nutritious and fulfilling!
But first, I want to share a few tips that will help you make healthier choices when eating out.
HERE ARE MY TOP TIPS FOR EATING OUT
1. CHECK THE MENU BEFORE YOU GO
See if the restaurant accommodates your dietary requirements, and if not, give them a call to ask if/how they can accommodate you.
2. START WITH A SALAD
Order a nice leafy salad to set the tone for the dining experience ahead. Salads are nutritious and will fill the gap until the next course, so you're filling up on the good stuff, and then there's less chance you'll overindulge in the bad stuff.
3. GET CREATIVE WITH THE MENU OPTIONS
You can create some incredible meals by pairing dishes from different sections of the menu. Mix and match salads, starters, sides and mains. I love the sides section of a menu! You can often find loads of veggie options cooked relatively simply, which is great to add to a meal to make it more nutritious. Some of my favourites are grilled broccolini, asparagus, roast sweet potato, mushrooms, leafy side salad, etc.
4. AVOID! AVOID! AVOID!
Try to avoid foods that are creamy, fried, battered, crispy, crunchy, breaded or crumbed.
5. DON'T BE FOOLED!
Just because it's vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free, doesn't mean it is healthy! Watch out for words that suggest added sugars and fats, and be cautious of meat and cheese alternatives as they often contain loads of artificial ingredients.
6. SKIP DESSERT
I know this is a tough one, but the last thing your body needs after a big meal late at night is a sugar attack! Have some tea instead which will help with digestion and be a lot kinder to your body. If you really can't resist, share a dessert with the table or opt for some fruit or sorbet.
Here are my favourite restaurants and the Vegan + Vegetarian dishes I recommend for a well paired, balanced, nutritious and utterly satisfying meal! Happy eating! Love x Mila*
*restaurants are listed in alphabetical order
Clap received the Time Out Newcomer Fine Dining award in March 2021, and when I realised their Menu has two pages dedicated to Vegan and Vegetarian dishes, of course, we had to find out what all the hype was about!
The MAINE Land Brasserie
The MAINE Land Brasserie is the newest of the three branches and certainly the most elegant and refined of the bunch. With a dedicated Plant Based section on the Menu, we had to investigate and have since been back several times because it is consistently an exceptional dining experience!