Bijzonder

 

Just outside the center of Maastricht you will find Bijzonder. At Bijzonder you enjoy dishes that are made from a big heart for good food. They only use fresh and organic ingredients. By healthy they mean many vegetables, a little fish and meat, less wheat (gluten) and vegetable dairy. Everything is freshly prepared in the kitchen. You taste the love and passion for healthy and tasty food in the dishes. They make their own bread, made from nuts, seeds, kernels and buckwheat flour.

 

You can go there for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast and lunch they have delicious buckwheat pancakes with blueberries, special bread that they bake with scrambled egg with sweet potato and vegetables, goat cheese with apricot chutney, avocado, delicious soups and homemade crackers with vegetable dips. For dinner they have sweet potato lasagna, vegetables curry, fish from the oven, minced meat bread and many more delicious dishes. They also serve delicious healthier desserts that they bake themselves. Made with gluten-free flour and sweetened with maple syrup and dates. Everything they serve here is delicious and you taste and see the love and passion for cooking.

 

The interior is warm and cozy, wooden tables, colored cushions, fur plaids. Bijzonder is certainly a place that is worth visiting when you are in Maastricht!

 

  • Dinner options: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Diet options: gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, paleo, sugar-free
  • Price: $$ ($)

 

  • Location: Luikerweg 33, 6212 ET Maastricht
  • Opening hours: Mon & Tue closed, Wed & Thu 12.00-23.00, Fri & Sat 10.30-23.00, Sun 10.30-21.00
  • Website: Bijzonder Maastricht

Organic Market & Food

 

Organic Market & Food is a healthy food restaurant in Marbella. They serve Vegan, Gluten-Free, Raw Food and Flexitarian options. It is one of my favorite breakfast and lunch spot in Marbella.

 

They serve so many healthy and delicious food options. A few of my favorites are the Vegan & Gluten Free pancakes with berries, seed bread with smashed avocado, there gluten free pizza and green burger.

 

For the one with a sweet tooth they serve many delicious gluten-free and vegan desserts as well vegan and gluten-free ice cream. Perfect for on a hot and sunny day. If you don’t have time to eat in they sell many delicious dinner and salad options to go. They are located across the Marbella Club and just a few minutes from the sea.

 

  • Diet options: vegan, gluten-free, raw-food, flexitarian, lacto-free, sugar-free
  • Dinner options: breakfast, lunch, early dinner
  • Price: $$($)

 

  • Location:  Centro Comercial Expo 14, Av. Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, s/n, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain
  • Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 9AM-8.15PM (kitchen closes at 7PM)
  • Website: Organic Market & Food Facebook Page

Café Puaa

 

 

In the heart of Jaffa’s flea market, you will find Puaa a flexitarian cafe and restaurant. The menu at Puaa is everything but pretentious. It’s homely, nourishing, healthy and delicious. On the menu you will find unique dishes like, broccoli and cashew nut pasta, spinach with tahini, majadra, pumpkin dumplings and many other vegetarian and vegan dishes. They serve as well fish and meat dishes, like chicken breast, kebab and grilled fish. If you are there don’t forget to try they vegan dessert made of caramelized banana and coconut sorbet.

 

The interior I relaxed and cozy, with antiques, pieces of nostalgia and a whole lot of authenticity. During the winter months they offer life shows on Thursday night.

 

 

  • Diet options: vegan friendly, vegetarian, gluten-free options
  • Dinner options:
  • Price: $$

 

  • Location: Rabbi Yohanan St 8, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am-1 am, Saturday 10am-1 am, Sunday 9am-1 am
  • Website: Cafe Puaa

Hippie Fish

 

Hippie Fish is a new beach club in Zandvoort from the same owners as Ubuntu. The interior is cozy with lots of plants, wood furniture, a fireplace and a large porch. The food is very tasty. On the menu you will find dishes like grilled sea bass with vegetables, sashimi, delicious sandwiches, fresh juices and more.

 

After dinner you can enjoy a walk on the beach or just enjoy the view and the sun.

 

  • Diet options: Flexitarian, Paleo, Gluten-Free
  • Dinner opties: lunch, dinner
  • Price: 15-30 euro

 

  • Location: Boulevard Paulus Loot 3, 2042 AD Zandvoort
  • Opening Hours: unknown
  • Website: Hippie Fish

Wrap with Grilled Vegetables 

Wrap with Grilled Vegetables

 

Since last year I have decided to eat more vegetables. Since then I am always looking for ways to add vegetables to my lunch and dinner. These wraps are filled with sweet potato, roasted pumpkin, avocado and arugula. I add a drizzle of tahini sauce, coriander and some za’atar. Za’atar is an herbal blend of wild oregano, sesame seeds, sumac and salt.

 

Wrap with Grilled Vegetables

 

 

You can have the wraps for lunch, but they are nice as well for dinner. They taste delicious, hearty, warm and the sauce and herbs give it an extra touch.

 

Wrap with Grilled Vegetables 

Serving Size: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 wraps (I used organic gluten-free corn wraps)
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1/3 of a small pumpkin
  • 1 avocado
  • arugula
  • 3 springs coriander
  • olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • za'atar (optional)
  • Tahini Saus
  • 100 ml white sesame tahini
  • 75 ml water
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 clove garlic
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Peel the sweet potato and cut them in wedges.
  3. Wash the pumpkin and cut of 1/3 the pumpkin. Remove the seeds and peel of the skin with a potato peeler and cut in to pieces.
  4. Place the sweet potato and pumpkin on a baking sheet, covered with baking parchment and sprinkle them with a bit of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the potato's are golden brown and the pumpkin is soft.
  5. In the meantime make the tahini saus. Place the tahini, water, lemon juice, crushed garlic and a pinch of salt in a small food processor and blend for a few seconds until everything is blended together. Taste the tahini, you can always adjust it to your taste by adding some more salt, lemon or garlic. If you want it more thick you add some more tahini paste.
  6. Cut the avocado in to slices and wash the arugula. Warm the wraps according to the instructions on the packing. And cut the coriander.
  7. Put the wraps on 2 plates and place some arugula in the middle of the wrap. Place one one side of the arugula half of the grilled potato's and pumpkin and on the other side the slices of half an avocado. Sprinkle with tahini saus and add some coriander and za'atar.

 

 

Ginger Sapori e Salute

 

Ginger Sapori e Salute

 

Ginger Sapori e Salute is my favorite healthy hotspot in Rome. The place is big and bright, with  a nice terrace outside. Behind the bar they have a big glass fridge with vegetables in all the colors of the rainbow. On the menu you will find dishes as acai bowl, fresh fruit platters and yoghurt with granola for breakfast, for lunch and dinner you have dishes like steamed salmon, organic quinoa balls, organic chicken breast, tofu burgers, salads and more.

 

Ginger Sapori e Salute | Rome | Healthy Hotspots

 

Ginger Sapori e Salute | Rome | Healthy Hotspots

 

80 % of the menu contains plant-based dishes. They also serve lots of vegan raw-food dishes. They use locally sources and seasonal ingredients. All the ingredients are carefully selected from organic and sustainable agriculture.

 

Ginger Sapori e Salute | Rome | Healthy Hotspots

 

On the menu you will find many different smoothies and cold pressed juices. They make a perfect healthy refreshment for on a sunny day out on the terrace.

 

  • Diet Options: Vegan, Vegetarian, Flexitarian, Plant-Based, Raw-Food, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Lacto-Free, Sugar-Free
  • Dinner Options: breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks
  • Price: Medium

 

  • Location: Via Borgognona, 43-46, 00187 Roma, Italy
  • Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 10 AM – 12 AM
  • Website: Ginger Sapori e Salute

Federal Cafe Madrid

Federal Cafe Madrid | Healthy Hotspots

 

Federal Café is a healthy lunch and breakfast place in Madrid. They serve all different kind of dishes here, from sandwiches, healthy salads, juices and more main type of dishes, like grilled chicken and burgers. They are well known for their many different omelet dishes and delicious sandwiches. If needed they serve gluten-free bread. It’s a mix of plant-based and paleo friendly dishes. The interior is very cool and relaxed. The place has a great vibe. There is lots of light and you can even sit in the window opening or terrace on warm and sunny days.

 

Federal Cafe Madrid | Healthy Hotspots

 

Federal Cafe Madrid | Healthy Hotspots

 

Federal Café Madrid

  • Diet options: vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, flexitarian, paleo, gluten-free, lacto-free, sugar-free
  • Dinner options: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Price: medium

 

  • Location: Plaza de las Comendadoras, 9, 28015 Madrid, Spain
  • Opening Times: Monday – Thursday 08.00 -24.00 hour, Friday 08.00 – 01.00 hour, Saturday 09.00 – 01.00, Sunday 09.00-17.30 hour
  • Website: Federal Cafe Madrid

Sir Hummus

Sir Hummus Amsterdam | Healthy Hotspots

 

Sir Hummus is Amsterdam’s first hummus eatery. They serve hummus in the most traditional way, as a main dish, served with delicious toppings and warm pita bread. The owners two brothers and one of their girlfriend are very kind and welcoming. The place is small, but very cozy and they serve here one of the best hummus in the city. You can experience here the true hummus eatery feeling like you will find in the Middel east. On the menu they have several different hummus plates. With vegan, vegetarian and a slow cooked beef option. There vegan plate for example is with eggplant and roasted pine nuts. I have visited this place several times and looking forward to visit this place again. I can highly recommend this place!

 

Sir Hummus Amsterdam | Healthy Hotspots

 

Sir Hummus Amsterdam | Healthy Hotspots

 

Sir Hummus Amsterdam | Healthy Hotspots

 

Sir Hummus Amsterdam | Healthy Hotspots

Sir Hummus Amsterdam

  • Diet options: vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, paleo
  • Dinner options: lunch, dinner
  • Price: low/medium

 

  • Location: Van der Helstplein 2, 1072 PH Amsterdam
  • Opening times: Monday – closed, Tuesday – Friday 12.00 – 20.00 hour, Saturday & Sunday 12.00 – 17.00 hour
  • Website: Sir Hummus Amsterdam

Healthy Restaurants in Amsterdam

Healthy Restaurants in Amsterdam | Healthy Hotspots

 

Amsterdam is my home town. Weekly I visit at least one healthy restaurant with friends, family or my boyfriend. Some are health food lovers, but not all. They make a great critical audience.

 

For me it’s important that the food is made of high quality ingredients and that it tastes great! If you go out for lunch or dinner with me you will not be chewing on a raw salad, but I will make sure you will enjoy your food and the place.

 

Here under I have carefully selected places that I really can recommend when you are looking for healthy food restaurants in Amsterdam. I hope you will enjoy the places as much as I do.

 

They are categorized by different categories. If you have any question or have special requests you can leave a question in the comment area.

 

Must Visits

 

The Meets and Lavinia good food are one of my favorite healthy restaurants. The Meets serves healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner. On the menu you will find dishes like a granola, acai and chia bowl for breakfast, sandwiches with pooched egg and avocado, mackerel, buratta and falafel and more special dishes like a frittata, Mexican veggie burgers, mezze platters, salads and meet dishes for lunch and dinner.

Lavinia good food is located in the gallery area in Amsterdam, behind the Rijksmuseum. Here they serve delicious breakfast and lunch, think of dishes like salads of roasted vegetables and sweet potato, healthy sandwiches, veggie cocktails, spelt pizetta’s and gluten free banana pancakes with maple syrup and fresh fruits. The place is really cozy and everything you will find here like healthy cooking books are all for sale.

 

Dinner

 

For dinner I can recommend D&A bistro located in the Jordan area and Mana Mana located in the Pijp area. Both are Mediterranean restaurant. They are very cozy and the atmosphere is relaxed with delicious food options. Both have some meat options on the menu. Great for if you are traveling with meat lovers. If you eat gluten free I can advise you to bring some gluten free bread as they serve many nice dips as baba ganoush and hummus. If needed they are happy to warm the bread up for you.

 

If you are more looking for a classic restaurant with healthy, fresh and locally sourced ingredients Restaurant Plantage is a great option. The restaurant is located on the east side of the city you can reach it with tram number 9, 10 minutes from the Dam square. The restaurant is located in a green house and overlooks the city zoo. The place is amazing, lots of light and a great interior design. The atmosphere is great and the staff is very kind and helpful. If you have any food allergies let them know they will do there upmost to help you. On the menu you will find delicious dishes like grilled eggplant carpaccio, ravioli filled with artichoke and potato, vegetarian risotto, fish and meat dishes and more.

 

All the above places I can highly recommend. They are great for every lifestyle diet, they serve great food, kind staff, nice interior and lots of options for healthy and non/less healthy food lovers.

 

Great Options Too

 

Another great place for lunch is Dignita it’s located a bit out of the city in the South of Amsterdam. They have a great earthworks vegan salad bowl and vegetarian zucchini and chickpea fritters and some other original and healthy dishes on the menu. If you are looking for a healthy lunch or breakfast place in the city center Vinnies is a nice place, a cozy lunchroom with healthy dishes like porridge or organic yoghurt for breakfast, sandwiches with pumpkin hummus, baba ganoush and more special dishes like cauliflower frittata with buckwheat, warm roasted eggplant, lentil salad, etc.

 

Salad Bars

 

Amsterdam has many salad bars. The 2 best ones would definitely be SLA and Venkel. At SLA you can create your own salad. You choose a grain or legume, 3 cooked vegetables, your dressing a topping and if you like you can add a premium like chicken, fish or sweet potato balls. Beside salads they serve soup with oatmeal bread, hummus, fresh juices and healthier desserts. They have several locations in the city, one in the city center behind the Rembrandt square, one at the Albert Cuyp market and one in the East of Amsterdam.

 

At venkel they serve 6 types of seasonal salads made from organic ingredients. Salads with fish, chicken, cheese and vegan options. Besides salads they serve homemade quinoa bread with hummus, fresh juices and healthier desserts.

 

Non Trendy Just Healthy Vegan/Vegetarian Food

 

If you don’t want a trendy place but a no nonsense healthy food restaurant you can find one in the Jordan area, named the Bolhoed. The Bolhoed serves healthy vegan and vegetarian lunch and dinner. It’s one of the oldest healthy restaurants of Amsterdam. Don’t expect here a fancy interior, but a cozy colorful place with real healthy food. I would say perfect for vegan and vegetarians.

 

Chocolate Lovers 

 

One of the hardest thinks I found was giving up chocolate, luckily now day’s there are many healthier chocolate options. Mumu Chocolates in Amsterdam is one of my favorites. You know the feeling of a delicious bonbon breaking up in your mouth, well here you will find them. The chocolates are handmade and vegan. They have different flavors and they add vitamins to them. In the shop they have a small corner with tables were if you want you can enjoy their delicious chocolates with a hot cup of tea or coffee. There chocolates make a great gift.

 

Juices & Smoothies

 

When on holiday I will always look around for some healthy juices to make sure I get my daily fruit and vegetable intake. We have a few nice juice places. I think the nicest ones are Roots, The Cold Pressed Juicery and Juice Brothers. They are all cold pressed juice places. If you are looking for the old fashioned way of juicing and smoothies Light Dark is a nice place. They have several locations in the city from city center, Museum square and across Anne Frank home. Take a look at their website to find your closest location.

 

Drinks and a bite

 

Feel like having a healthy drink and a small bite in a nice place CT Coffee & Coconuts located in the Pijp area is the right place for that. The place is just amazing. Here you can relax and hang back in one of the cozy sofa’s or sit bags, nip on your favorite drink and enjoy a healthy bite. Great place!

 

Vegan/Raw Food 

 

Zest for life & Yay health store, café & more are the two nicest vegan raw food bars we have. I like Zest a bit more than YAY, but some like YAY better. They are both great. Zest is located in the Museum square area, while YAY is located next to our famous food market Albert Cuyp.

 

Gluten-Free 

 

Healthy eating is great, but needing to eat healthy or gluten-free out of health reason can be sometimes hard on holiday, especially when you are searching for healthy carbs. All the above restaurant have gluten-free options. I eat completely gluten-free and have no problem eating in one of the above mentioned places. If you are looking for gluten-free sandwiches Bagels & Beans is a great option. You will find them all over the city. They have a gluten-free and an oatmeal bagel and many delicious bread spreads and toppings. At Spaghetteria they serve gluten-free pasta. They have 3 locations in the city, one in South, West and East. For gluten-free pizza you can either go to the restaurant named Italiaan or Pina’s. I have tried the pizza at the Italiaan, to be honest I am not impressed some people like it. But I will not recommend it. The other place I haven’t been there yet, but I have a better feeling about it. The gluten-free dough is coming from Italy. You need to reserve a day before and tell them that you want to eat a gluten-free pizza so they can make sure your pizza is completely gluten-free

 

Special occasions 

 

Do you have something to celebrate or just want to go out to a nice and romantic date in a more high-end restaurant?

 

The Duchess a higher end restaurant serves delicious food, many healthy vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian/paleo options. I tried different vegetable starters, a quinoa salad and their sea bass, it was great.

 

Do you want to go on a romantic more special date? Than you should try Vuurtoren eiland. It is a restaurant on a small Island behind Central Station you can only come there by boat. They pick you up with a boat from the Movenpick hotel and bring you to the island. There they serve you a four course healthy dinner. The boat trip and dinner takes in total 5 hours. In the summer you can sit outside. In the winter they serve dinner in a fort with an open fire, were you can cuddle up under a warm blanket. Nice food, great vibe and very romantic. You need to make a reservation true their website, see link below.

 

Website: Vuurtoren eiland

 

For more healthy restaurants in Amsterdam and extensive blog posts by restaurant have a look under locations and than Amsterdam. I will add every week some new locations.

Cafe Pistache

Cafe Pistache Den Haag | Healthy Hotspots

 

Cafe Pistache is a trendy healthy hotspot on the Prinsenstraat in The Hague. The interior is cozy, mint green, with wooden furniture, cozy seating areas and outside a large terrace. On the menu you’ll find delicious dishes, a mix of healthy and less healthy food. Think of an acai bowl for breakfast, delicious buckwheat pancakes with cashew cream and fresh fruit, kale salad with strawberries, healthy cakes from SUE, but they serve as well sandwiches with avocado, salmon, hummus or chicken and normal cakes. For everyone there is something nice on the menu, whether you want to eat healthy or less healthy.

 

Cafe Pistache Den Haag | Healthy Hotspots

 

Cafe Pistache Den Haag | Healthy Hotspots

 

Cafe Pistache Den Haag | Healthy Hotspots

 

Cafe Pistache uses were possible organic ingredients. If you don’t feel like sitting in or on the terrace you can take your food to go and enjoy your lunch in the park a few meters from the restaurant.

 

Cafe Pistache Den Haag |Healthy Hotspots

Cafe Pistache Den Haag | Healthy Hotspots

 

  • Diet options: vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, paleo, gluten-free, sugar-free, lacto-free
  • Dinner options: breakfast, dinner, drinks
  • Price: medium

 

  • Location: Prinsestraat 134, 2513 CH Den Haag
  • Opening Times: Monday – Thursday 08.00 – 17.00, Friday – Sunday 08.00 – 18.00 hour
  • Website: Cafe Pistache