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Where to Eat: Healthy in Manchester

Maisy Farren

Spotlight on: Earth Café 
16-20 Turner Street, Manchester, M4 1DZ
If you fancy a healthy dish that’s down to set you up for the rest of the day, head to the vegetarian café and juice bar, tucked away in a Manchester basement. Committed to making fresh and tasty food, from scratch every day, the Earth Café is the go-to spot for homely vegan food, fresh and exciting salads, gluten free and dairy free cakes and mouth-watering juices. They change their menu every day, as they like to create food based on what’s available at the market that day and what’s in season, ensuring consistently fresh dishes. We can’t recommend dishes that we know will be on the menu the day you head down but keep an eye out for their Cajun Bean Stew with Spelt Dumplings, or the delicious Tofu Veg Curry. Just popping by for lunch? Their salad bar is always well stocked with fresh combos and homemade hummus, and a Salad Bowl is only £4.50. 
Who says you can’t be healthy and still enjoy a dessert? Their freshly baked cakes and puds all use natural ingredients, and many of which are gluten free, sugar free or raw. The Raw Tiramisu truly looks delightful. As for their juices, the Purifier (beetroot, ginger, celery and carrot) is a pure detox must have, and the Green Queen smoothie (spinach, banana, apple, celery and kale) is an instant hangover cure. They also have vegan milkshakes on offer!! 

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The best of the rest: 
Evelyn’s Café and Bar 
44 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1NB 
What? Fully licensed brunch, lunch and evening spot.  
Where? The northern quarter, just around the corner from Piccadilly Records. 
Why? The perfect spot for trendy, Instagram worthy health food. Brunch includes options like this Buddha Bowl with avocado, grains, pumpkin, carrot, greens, watermelon and sesame, washed down with their Blue Algae health shot (or a brunch cocktail). They also have stunning salads and nice smaller plates like White Fish Ceviche

5 Murray Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6HS 
1032 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3WX 

What? Café serving artisan baking and locally sourced ingredients by loving Manchester locals. 
Where? They have one in the Levenshulme area, and one more central in Ancoats. 
Why? With everything (including chutneys and sauces) produced on site, you can be sure that the best of the best is going into these dishes. They do offer a bacon butty on fresh baked bread but try your best to ignore that and opt for a Seasonal Salad or Soup instead, or enjoy their Broadbean Hummus, heirloom tomato, radish and organic spinach on ciabatta

Manchester Vegan Café & Wellbeing Centre 
Afflecks Arcade, 35-39 Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JG 
What? Vegan lifestyle centre offering regular events and freshly cooked plant-based food. 
Where? In the legendary Afflecks palace. 
Why? Plenty of healthy options, and they’re all pretty cheap! An All-day Breakfast is only £3.70, a big step down from the £7-£9 you could be playing at other vegan places! Their food is all pretty homely comfort food, including a Falafel Burrito, Sweet Jacket Potatoes and Stew with Dumplings

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