Whether you’re looking to lose a few pounds or just want to embrace a healthy lifestyle, these tasty lunches are just what you need.
With so many delicious (and often naughty) lunch options in Leeds, it’s only too easy to forget that the midday meal is there for a reason – to refuel your body and give it the kind of boost that will help you get through the rest of the day. So we’ve hunted out three of the city’s most nutritious lunches to give your body what it needs, and your tastebuds what they want, all at the same time.
Korean Rice Bibimbap Salad at Manahatta
Manahatta’s Korean Bibimbap Salad is a cracking choice come lunchtime. You get a generous bowl with rice, vegetables and a spiced, sweet tomato dressing, served cold. The steamed rice is a great source of fibre and B vitamins, as are the mushrooms, while the carrots are loaded with vitamin A and the spinach adds a hit of vitamin K, choline, zinc and phosphorous. It’s topped with a soft egg, and you can also add sliced rump steak or chicken if you want a protein boost that will fill you up.
Manahatta, Minerva House, 29 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS and 11 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.
Spiced Beetroot Salad at The Grub and Grog Shop
The Grub and Grog Shop has made a name for itself with a menu of inventive dishes that are as delicious as they are good for you – and this one is no different. Beetroot is packed with nitrates which reduce blood pressure. But that’s not all – it also has high levels of potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, and vitamins A, B and C. They roast theirs in cumin, which gives the dish its unmistakable flavour, and serve it with a salad of pickled apple and toasted seeds. It’s served warm, so even though it’s a salad, it’s a proper winter warmer, and one that will really fill you up.
The Grub and Grog Shop, Sheaf Street Cafeteria, 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1HD.
Vegetable Tagine at Stage
Stage’s lunch menu is small but perfectly formed. You can go for sandwiches, or choose one of their hot dishes, which are surprisingly healthy. The mixed vegetable tagine is packed full of nutritious ingredients – you’ve got butternut squash, courgette, aubergine and dried apricots, giving you vitamins A, E and C, as well as fibre, magnesium, potassium and manganese. It’s also got chickpeas, which are now a superfood. They’re high in protein, carbohydrates and fibre. The tagine comes served with couscous, toasted almonds and seeded flatbread.
Stage, 41 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BB.