Plant-Based Eating – Zurich, Part I

Good morning and happy Saturday!

This post is way overdue – It’s been a bit over 4 months since I’ve moved back to Switzerland, and I’ve had some great plant-based food I want to share with you! I’ll be doing this in several parts, with this one focusing just on Zurich – the largest city in Switzerland. (Check out Part II here).

Juicery 21

IMG_2290.jpg

I first tried this place when I came home the Christmas before last, and I absolutely loved it. It’s probably one of my favorite health food spots in Switzerland, as it serves delicious and creamy açai bowls (tip: ask for some peanut butter on top!), super comforting bowls of porridge (love the mango and passionfruit one) that you can get topped up with extra almond milk and really nice hot chocolate. They also have juices and some savory options like bagels and a quinoa bowl, but I always go for a breakfast-y option. Add to this the generous portions, reasonable prices and relaxed vibe, you have no reason not to go here on your next visit to Zurich 😉

IMG_3047.jpg

 

Roots & Friends

IMG_0529.jpg

This place had just opened before I moved to London, and it was the first fully plant-based restaurant I’d been to in Switzerland. They serve fresh, nourishing bowls and also do a good açai bowl (Juicery’s is my #1 favorite though). Besides the location near Zurich main station you can also find them close to Paradeplatz, as part of Balboa Bar & Gym (really awesome HIIT/strength classes!). The Balboa location also does a weekly Sunday brunch (for CHF 35, last time I checked).

IMG_5756.jpg

 

Hiltl

I already did a full blog post on the oldest vegetarian restaurant in Europe, so check that out if you want to know more. This place is veggie paradise, with all kinds of fantastic options, warm and cold. Every dish is clearly labeled, and most things are vegan (there are only some with dairy). I definitely recommend piling up your plate at the buffet, but there’s also a menu you can order from instead. There are several locations throughout Zurich and the original one (Sihlstrasse 28) also has the Hiltl Shop (see below) around the corner, where you can shop for Hiltl brand goodies, order a matcha latte or pick something up from the veggie butcher’s section 😉 (They also sell some UK goodies, like Trek and nakd bars, Rude Health mylks as well as great quality vegan chocolates from Naturkostbar and Löwdelights).

IMG_3097.jpg

IMG_3088.jpg

 

Tibits

IMG_2371 (1).jpg

Tibits is another awesome veggie place – very similar to Hiltl, to which it belongs, but buffet-only. If you have to choose between them, I’d definitely go for Hiltl, as the options are just that little bit better in my opinion, but a meal at Tibits is always a treat. There are quite a few Tibits throughout Switzerland (St Gallen, Basel, Lucerne, Winterthur), plus, as you may know if you live there, there are also two in London (one off Regent Street and a new one on Southwark Street, near the Tate Modern). They also do nice drinks, my most recent try being the rooibos cappuccino, which I can only recommend!

 

Elle ‘n’ Belle 

IMG_2884.jpg

This fully vegan restaurant is one of my favorite places I’ve been to here, which is why I’m so sad that it’s closing soon! If you have the chance you definitely should take it – the place has a really fun and relaxed rock ‘n’ roll vibe (try to bag the comfy armchairs by the window front) and both times I’ve been there I’ve loved every bite. I first went with my boyfriend for some burgers (his – the Manson Burger – was the best!) and another time I had “Vish” fingers (tasted like the real thing) with pumpkin mash and creamy spinach. So so good.

IMG_3006.jpg

IMG_2153.jpg

 

Vegan Velo

IMG_2323.jpg

This little joint is located in the Seefeld area, near the lake, and will deliver any food you order before 10 am to you by bike. I once stopped by for the ‘cactus burrito’, which was yummy (and very spicy!!), but a bit small. Maybe it’s because I’d just come from a workout, but I could have eaten three of those things! Nevertheless, I’d definitely try more of their food – maybe I’ll order some to work sometime.

IMG_2349.jpg

 

Beetnut 

IMG_2093.jpg

This plant-based place offers healthy options, most of which are vegan (it’s possible to add things like eggs or cheese). I have slightly mixed feelings about this place, as my first two visits there left me feeling quite disappointed. I definitely do not recommend the açai bowl (go to Juicery 21 instead – cheaper and so much better!), which was watery and almost tasteless, and the “power bread” was nothing special. Why am I including this place here? I recently went back to try one of their savory bowls, and I absolutely loved it! ‘Khaled’s Favorite‘ is a bowl of quinoa, kale, aubergine, cauliflower, chickpeas, avocado, pomegranate, fresh mint, slivered almonds and lime – so delicious! I was initially a bit irritated by the fact that the white hummus sauce is not vegan (it contains yogurt), but the incredible tomato balsamic dressing completely made up for this. Conclusion: I’d go back for Khaled’s Favorite, and try other savory bowls – for breakfast options I’d go elsewhere.

IMG_2421.jpg

IMG_1808.jpg

 

Gärtnerei

IMG_7969.jpg

This place focuses on fresh, nourishing ingredients and, while not fully plant-based, does offer vegan options. I’ve had their smoked tofu burger (with hummus and in a wholewheat bun) and, more recently, the ‘Fall by Fanny‘ bowl (black rice, pumpkin, carrots, purple cabbage, marinated tofu, fresh figs and mixed seeds), created by food blogger Fanny the foodie. It was a dream! Gärtnerei has several locations around Zurich as well as some stores.

 

Cupcake Affair 

IMG_1124.jpg

This cute little place is not vegan, however, there is a vegan cupcake every Tuesday as well as a daily vegan mini cupcake. When I was there I had a matcha cupcake (yummy, but could have had a stronger matcha taste) and a delicious soy milk matcha latte. It’s definitely a nice little place to warm up in and have a little treat. Other locations are: Aarau, Berne and Basel. Speaking of cupcakes, Michelle’s cupcakes has vegan ones every day – I haven’t been yet, but it’s definitely on my list!

IMG_1166.jpg

That’s it for today – I hope you enjoyed reading, and please let me know what you think of these places, and if you have any recommendations of your own!

Have a lovely weekend!

xoxo

P.S. For more information on vegan options around Zurich, definitely check out @vegansofzuri 🙂

 

 

 

UK Food Favorites

Hello and happy Sunday!

On my trip to London the other week, I spent a fair amount of time in my favorite health food store Planet Organic, browsing, drinking in the good vibes along with my superfood coffee and, of course, stocking up on some foodie favorites. In this post I’m sharing with you some of my favorite food products, both old ones as well as new discoveries from the Health Blog Awards and Lorna Jane Active Nation day. (You can also find previous plant-based food product recommendations here and here 😉 ).

Let’s get snacking! 

Blanxart Chocolate

IMG_6882.jpg

This organic, artisanal, single-origin cacao chocolate from Barcelonan company Blanxart is – I’ve officially decided – my favorite chocolate of all time. I came across their bars at Planet Organic a few months ago, and was immediately drawn to them by the understated packaging and the substantiality of the actual product (who can resist a proper, ingot-like bar of chocolate?!). On my trip I stocked up on some 77% Peru and 82% Congo bars, and a square or two (ok, the whole bar on some days) perfectly satisfies deep dark chocolate cravings! I honestly can’t think of any other chocolate brand I’ve ever enjoyed this much. No flashy packing, superfood claims or distracting ingredients – just good-quality chocolate, pure and simple.

 

Moju Turmeric & Ginger Boosters

gingershots_large.png

(Image from Moju Drinks)

I tried these vibrant little shots at the Lorna Jane Active Nation event and absolutely loved them! Very simple ingredients – pineapple, lemon juice and turmeric / apple, lemon juice and ginger – and such fiery, powerful flavor. I loved them so much that I’ve made my own version back home.

DIY Boosters: For the turmeric one, just combine pineapple juice (I’ve also made a tasty one with mandarine juice) with freshly squeezed lemon juice (try it as you go along until you find the right balance for your taste), freshly grated turmeric and a pinch or two of black pepper (this increases the bioavailability of curcumin, one of the much-acclaimed active components of turmeric). For the ginger one just substitute fresh ginger, and again use lemon juice and another fruit juice of your choice. Just make sure to vigorously stir or shake before drinking. I love having a shot after breakfast, and I like to think it helps my immune system, now that we’re heading towards winter. [Also, I’ve started eating a little chunk of fresh ginger every day and am absolutely loving it – #gingerchallenge if you know what I’m talking about 😉 ].

 

Booja Booja Hazelnut Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream

booja booja.jpg

(Image from Booja Booja )

This vegan ice cream was on my list of things to try during the year I was in London, but (feel free to virtually slap me) I didn’t get around to it. I’m one of those people who is very selective about when they enjoy eating ice cream – definitely not in winter, and probably not if there are baked goods around, as I’ll always prefer those. So, it was the best surprise when my lovely friend (and the perfect hostess) Lauren, whose couch was my much appreciated bed for two nights, reappeared from the kitchen with a tub of the good stuff while we were having a cozy catch-up. I was honestly blown away by how delicious it was, and creamy yet also light at the same time. I also love the straightforward ingredients (water, agave syrup, cashew nuts, hazelnuts and cocoa powder).

Booja Booja ice cream is also available in Switzerland (I’ve seen it at the Alnatura Shop in Zurich and L’Ultimo Bacio in St. Gallen – but I’m sure it can be found in other health food shops as well). I haven’t had the heart to look at the price yet, but at least I know where to turn to when I want a special treat!

 

Rhythm 108 Sweet ‘n’ Salty Almond

rhythm108.jpg

(Image from Leitchy Creates)

It was love at first bite when I tried the Sweet ‘n’ Salty Almond dessert bar from the new range by Swiss company Rhythm 108. Without the kick of salt I might have found the bar almost too sweet, but the two opposing flavors are perfectly harmonious, providing sheer melt-in-the-mouth bliss.

The bars (also in the flavors Super Coconut and Hazelnut Praline) are currently only out in the UK, but I’m hoping I’ll soon be able to get them here in Switzerland!

 

Sun & Seed Walnut Butter

sun and seed.png

(Image from Sun and Seed)

If you follow me on Instagram, you may well have seen this glorious golden goodness luxuriously drizzled over a smoothie or porridge bowl. This is probably my all-time favorite nut butter (well, at least if we discount peanuts for technically being a legume). It tastes like liquid walnuts, which, to me, tastes like liquid happiness.

Sun & Seed also have other raw organic nut and seed spreads. Their lightly salted pumpkin seed butter is delightful – and I went through their jar of hazelnut butter in a shockingly short amount of time. (Also check out their black tahini!)

 

Jarr Kombucha

jarr.jpg

(Image from Jarr)

While somewhat late to board the kombucha train, I have become a passionate Jarr Kombucha lover ever since attending a workshop of theirs a few months ago. I’ve had one or two other brands, but they just don’t compare if you ask me. I love all the flavors (original, ginger and passionfruit) of this fizzy fermented tea drink, but the BEST one is the newest raspberry flavor, which is only available on tap at Whole Foods in London. If only I could get my hands on it in Switzerland!

Bodyme Chia Vanilla Protein Bars

(Image from Bodyme)

I’ve already mentioned these in a previous post, so I won’t say much more, except that they’re my all-time favorite protein bars. Good ingredients, 16 g of plant protein, delicious flavor – what’s not to like??

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading! Let me know if you’ve tried these, or what some of your food favorites are!

xoxo