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Cleansing at Tanya’s Cafe

Healthy eating has always been important to me; as the saying goes ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ and a happy SilverSpoon! So with all my recent meals out, Christmas, parties and events a few days of detox was certainly welcome!

Steph from Being Blonde It’s a Lifestyle, definitely seems like my type of person…someone that grabs life with both hands, loves to travel and to explore everything life has to offer. Like me, Steph loves to indulge in a huge plate of sushi, a glass of champers and the occasional dessert but keeps a balance with plenty of exercise and healthy eating during majority of the week. Through January, Steph had decided to recharge her health and wellbeing by ditching processed foods, plenty of exercise and limited alcohol.

Steph and I had been trying to arrange a meet up and with the madness of Christmas over, January was the time to do it. I was feeling sluggish from a weekend of nights out and I was so glad when Steph suggested a healthy food cafe for a light lunch.

Tanya’s Cafe is a raw food restaurant serving ultra healthy food that is all organic, hand picked and raw.

 

Located in the myhotel in Chelsea, the cafe was really sweet and felt a little like a greenhouse with a glass roof and plant pots lining a living wall.

There was a fridge full of gorgeous looking sugar free cakes.

And another of cold-pressed juices, shooters and smoothies all in a rainbow of colours.

My need for coffee was great at midday on a Sunday and I quickly ordered one. Tanya’s is a completely dairy free environment and I opted for the almond milk alternative. Now, I’m a big lover of a huge cup of milky coffee and unfortunately the almond milk was not for me. I really wish I did like though as apparently it’s really good for digestive health, I’ll just have to stick to good old-fashioned cow’s milk sadly!

The menu is an all day offering with different items for breakfast, lunch and dinner and all are raw, gluten-free and without sugar or dairy. The eponymous Tanya, is incredibly passionate about health and has is a worldwide expert on raw and detox food. Her story into being a raw foodie is incredible and starts with a near-death car accident which you can read about on her own blog.

Steph started with a ruby red smoothie called My Glow containing my doctor juice, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry and acai berry powder.

 

I chose a super food salad with half an avocado in superfood seed mix over spiralised veggies, wild rocket and lemon tahini. Trust me…this was more than just a plate of raw veg! The dressing gave it a wonderful zesty, almost spicy flavour and the seed mix allowed for a different mix of textures.

Some of the other things on the menu looked really interesting such as mushroom tacos, pumpkin dumplings and the sun burger but Steph went for the Pad Thai, which is the most popular thing on the menu. The Asian-inspired dish contained shredded rainbow veggies in young coconut butter, almond butter and chilli sauce. I will say that the dishes are a little pricey but you are paying for very good quality.

Ok, I know these two plates of raw veggies don’t look exciting, but after my lunch I felt really bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. According to Tanya’s blog, raw food or ‘living food’ is uncooked or heated below 46 degrees. All the enzymes, nutrients are preserved so that you get the maximum health benefits and feel brighter and more awake. Actually reading Tanya’s blog really fascinated me as I found out on the raw diet you can still get all your calcium and protein from plants, you can also still eat chocolate as long as it’s cacao.

Just look at the incredible desserts they serve! It got me thinking a raw food diet doesn’t sound half bad…I’m a pretty healthy person and I don’t smoke or eat fatty food but I do feel very sluggish after a weekend of indulgence. I think it would a huge step to convert to a raw diet but I would certainly be interested in trying it for a month.

When I left the cafe I actually did feel lighter both in body and in mind and also very happy to have met a lovely fellow blogger who I hope to see again soon. Though perhaps including a glass of the lovely looking vegan wine or one of the superfood cocktails that they serve at Tanya’s.

Tanya’s Cafe
Myhotel Chelsea
35 Ixworth Place
London
SW3 3QX

020 7225 7538

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  • Aftab Pathan

    Love it! This is a brilliant recommendation for me, as i'm doing the February detox! I really want to meet Steph too!!

    • It's literally the perfect way to detox, there's no nasties in there at all!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • That thought of the day sign is such a simple but powerful reminder about the key to feeling better – the other key being eating healthily of course! Thank you for recommending Tanya's – I'm probably going to have to hit it up after February's Chinese New Year bingeing! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

    • I completely agree with the sentiment too, I think we all worry about other bloggers / celebrities and think their lives are so much better without truly knowing.

      Let me know if you fancy a partner in crime for Tanya's, I've got three weeks of healthy eating before I go to Africa.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Thank goodness you can still eat chocolate! It looks nice and healthy, will try it out if in the area.

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • Oh yes do. It's the healthiest place that I've been to in ages.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • I just had to follow your friend…love the blog name…thinking of changing my name to Having a fringe, there a lifestyle…..and people out there with fringes..will know that this is true!! I love the idea of a raw diet…but I'm not sure my food would look or taste anywhere near as nice!

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

    • Lol! I love that idea! I know I don't think I could my veg so perfectly spiralized!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • I am trying to eat a bit healthier at the minute, so this place looks perfect for me to try! Thanks for the recommendation x

    http://www.lulabelloves.com/blog

    • Oooh I hope that you enjoy it and let me know what you think.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • that superfood salad looks delicious. I love it when a place offers good, healthy dishes. Its sometimes so hard to pick a healthy option from a menu

    • I know…and even if it looks healthy it might still be cooked in butter!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • These all look incredible – and perfect for reviving New Years resolutions!

    • Exactly! I've heard of a few more of them, I'd be interested to try!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • The food looks fantastic! We've got a new healthy restaurant in Newcastle called Naked Deli and the cakes look amazing, I'm hoping I can convince Simon to go whilst he's on a health kick!

    Chloe x
    newgirlintoon.co.uk

    • Ooh I look forward to a blog post about it!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • 21st Century Gent

    These dishes look great! My only issue is I need to have meat in every meal so the raw diet didn't quite work for me. A great way of living though!

    • Yeah, Mr S would be like…right now where's my steak!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • If I can eat cake and still be healthy then I'm sold! Salads look great by the way.
    Claire xx

    • Everything was so healthy and also pretty!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • A foodie feat that is good for you, yes please. The food looks really wonderful, I love fresh juices and if I can have cake that is not calorific then I count me in Lucy x

    • Lol! I'm sure it still has a fair few calories but no nasty ones 😉
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • I bought a raw food cook book and it is really interesting the combinations, and I tried a week of mainly just raw foods and I totally noticed a difference! I was a lot more energised and productive. Gotta get back on it! Spiralized courgette is like my most favourite thing to add to everything now.

    • That's so interesting. I'd really like to try it for a week, I don't think I could do a month though.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Catherine Lux

    I can't believe I missed this post before!! It looks fantastic, oh my that dessert! I love how brightly coloured everything is. I'm juicing at the moment with my Nutribullet in a bid to control the weight with the epic amount of dinners I'm having over the next few weeks – this looks like such a great place for lunch!

    • It's so good I'd definitely say a great place for lunch to break up all the meals out!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • I love the idea of a raw food diet, but I just don't think I could do it. I love food way too much and especially meat!

    Katie <3

    • I think I'd do it for a few day but get bored with the lack of variety.

  • I love how wonderfully blogger/Instagram friendly this café is! It would be great to factor this sort of food into one's diet perhaps two days a week, it looks so healthy! xx

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