Kettlebell Watch Out! A New Protein Cafe Has Arrived And It's Cool AF
Tried it yet?
It's a problem we've all had...you find yourself hungry and time-poor in Greater Manchester but are desperately trying to avoid the convenient pastry and sandwich shops clogging the streets (and, unfortunately, our arteries)...
If you're lucky enough to work in the city centre, there have been an array of healthier options cropping up of late, but some areas a little further out aren't so blessed.
If you live and/or work around Bolton however, you'll be happy to hear that your dreams of a Summer bod are not yet lost.
Vida Health Kitchen opened last month to rip-roaring applause from local press, residents and visitors alike. And Pete Fletcher and Dan Watson (co-owner of the Vida Group) couldn't be more delighted.
"The idea was to create something different here in Bolton, and with people looking for healthier options more and more nowadays, there was definitely a gap in the market" says Pete.
Already owning one of the largest tattoo studios in the UK, Dan, an ex professional boxer and his business partner Paul, are taking Bolton by storm with their fast, fresh and healthy food offering:
“There is little choice in the town centre for healthy eating, with things like Mcdonalds, Greggs, Starbucks, Costa etc offering no real fresh healthy food options. I wanted to be able to make the right food choices for my lifestyle, but it needs to be convenient, fast, fresh and fit into a healthy eating plan.”
When we popped down to check out what all the fuss was about, I was delighted to see a decent range of fresh smoothies and juices alongside the usual hot drinks and protein shakes.
Behold 'the face lift':
You'll feel a bit daft asking for one of these at the counter, but trust me it's worth it. Boasting pineapple, carrot, lime and ginger, this baby gives you a mass vitamin hit and wake up to boot - fresh as anything and VERY reasonably priced at just 3 quid (as are all of the smoothies.)
Their snack bar is a gym bunny's dream come true, chock-a-block with branded protein bars (including Grenade and Snickers Protein) edibles from Protein World - and home-made white chocolate balls, which I may or may not have devoured as soon as I got back to the office.
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Breakfast has always been (and probably always will be) my very favourite meal of the day. And I've eaten a lot of them over the years, but by anyone's standards, these guys know how to roll:
There was enough smoked salmon to feed the 5,000 and it went perfectly with the soft, creamy scrambled eggs - all jam-packed in one of Dr Zak's high-protein seeded bagels.
It's touted as a pre or post-gym brekkie and my only criticism would be that this beauty is so bloody filling that you probably wouldn't be up to doing a high-intensity workout too soon afterwards. That being said, it was so damn tasty that I wouldn't hesitate to order this one again - and an absolute bargain for the quality and amount you get for under a fiver.
If you're more sweet than savoury, the delicate pots of granola and porridge these guys are serving up - branded tub and all - are cute as a button (topped with your choice of berries, honey and/or whey protein) and surprisingly filling, given the size.
You get the option of almond milk too, so if you're dairy intolerant or vegan it's another big tick.
Hot and creamy with a good consistency and plenty of fresh berries piled on top - they really mean it when they say this is the king of breakfasts.
The guys in here are fussy about their ingredients too, with an 'only the best' mantra infiltrating everything they do (and quite rightly so.)
Reasonably-priced, full of flavour and fuelled with all the good stuff your body needs to fuel through day-to-day life. You can't go wrong with this place.