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9 Wholesome and Healthy Eats in Edinburgh

20 January 2016

If eating healthy is one of your 2016 resolutions, there's no need to avoid eating out in Edinburgh. There are lots of places that serves up nutritious and wholesome food that is still super-tasty! We’ve found some of the best juice bars, low-fat menus and vegetarian restaurants in Edinburgh that will satisfy your taste buds while keeping the healthy eating plan completely in-tact....

Union of Genius

Union Of Genius Interior

If you love soup this is the place to go. The folks at Union of Genius have a tasty adventurous menu that changes daily depending on what ingredients are in season. With a delicious ever changing menu with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, alongside freshly baked bread you couldn't ask for a tastier healthier lunch. 

Can't decide what to have? Order a "soup flight" - which allows you try three of their soup flavours. Or why not get a big helping served in one of their bread bowls? You can eat the last drop out of the bowl meaning zero waste! 

Forrest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QN (website)

Henderson’s

Hendersons

Scotland's first vegetarian restaurant and now 47 years old, Henderson's is a well established name on Edinburgh's veggie scene. Henderson's serves tasty vegetarian dishes, offering a range of different options and catering for any allergies or intolerances you may have, including vegan and gluten free.

Head upstairs to the deli to grab a quick bite for lunch, or head downstairs to the salad bar and linger a little longer over one of their wholesome hot dishes or salads. Or, if you really want to treat yourself, nip next door to their newly opened vegan restaurant which has a gorgeous menu full of delicious meat and dairy free dishes. 

94 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DR (website)

Hula Juice Bar

Hula Juice Bar

A colourful eatery to match their colourful smoothies! Hula Juice Bar is a healthy place to get some breakfast, lunch or just a smoothie if you need a quick pick me up. Their filling and nutritious breakfasts, including bagels, porridge and fruit salads, are renouned in the city as one of the best ways to start the day. They also have locally sourced art work on the walls to admire while you sip and eat away.

103-105 West Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JP (website)

Earthy Canonmills

Earthy

An eco-friendly restaurant and shop located in Canonmills. Just the place to go on a winter’s day as the indoor space offers a cosy and warm ambience. Earthy is a place that features and celebrates organic, natural, locally-sourced products. 

Stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and if you really like what you try you can pop next door to their small charming grocery outlet, where you can pick up all your wholesome and healthy food essentials. 

1-6 Cannonmills Bridge, Edinburgh EH3 5LF (website

Flip!

Flip

If you are looking for a healthy fast food place then head over to Flip! We hear that the Flamin' wrap is hard to beat, you can choose from fillings such as steak or chicken with raita, peppers, lettuce, jalapeño and chilli. They also serve a respectable number of gluten and dairy free options, and if you want to round off your healthy meal with a naughty treat, the ice cream sundaes are delightful.

54 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JB (website)

The Pantry

The Pantry Interiors

The Pantry is a country rustic-style place tucked away in Stockbridge with a strong focus on organically sourced ingredients. it's a great place for parents to bring their kids as they have a designated play area, giving parents a chance to entertain their kids’ out-with their homes while enjoying lovely healthy foods!

1 North, N W Circus Pl, Edinburgh EH3 6ST (website)

Tupiniquim

Tupiniquim Kiosk Cr Website

[Image credit: Tupiniquim website]

Walking along Middle Meadow Walk, you may be drawn to the little Police Box on the corner with a lovely aroma of crepes - which also happen to be very delicious and healthy! They use their own special blend of gluten free flour, which is so special that they bag it and sell it from their little kiosk.

For a satisfying and savoury treat, why not try the butternut squash, spinach and sundried tomato crepe, with a bit of optional cheese? This is a great street food pit stop in the Old Town. 

Green Police Box, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9AU (website)

Social Bite

Social Bite

Social Bite is a place where you can enjoy great food and all for a good cause. There is a range of hot food on the menu, from pies with mash and gravy to soups and noodles. We recommend you try their sweet baked potato for an instant fill on a cold day.

Customers at Social Bite can also save up loyalty points to buy a homeless person a free meal and hot drink after ten visits to the cafe. Knowing that you are helping a larger cause is bound to make your wholesome lunch all the tastier! 

131 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 3DT (website)

Urban Angel

Urban Angel cr Facebook

Pop down to this bright basement café on Hanover Street where you can get brunch with gluten free options and healthy choices. Be transported to the Middle East with their authentic falafel sandwich, or for a sweet and healthy boost, the raw cocao smoothie is also a fantastic option. 

121 Hanover Street, EH2 1DJ (website)

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