If you're craving stodge like nobody's business and love to eat out, it can be hard to avoid temptation. Luckily, we have the low-down on where to head for a healthy alternative. 

When it's time to take a break from burgers and pizzas, you'll be pleased that Bristol is a hub of healthy cafes and restaurants. Here's a round up of venues serving great grub that promise to leave your body feeling like a temple. For a bit, anyway...

Tuk Tuck

When you’re in the mood for Asian flavours… If I had to describe Tuk-Tuck in one word, it would undoubtedly be fresh. From the egg-topped bimimbap to the aromatic Thai salad box, all of their dishes are made fresh-to-order and loaded with veggies. Don’t worry, they’re filling too! Lunch or dinner, Tuk-Tuck is a firm favourite with its loyal customers. Im included me in this loyal following, to the point that the team laugh when I ask for a menu.

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For an eclectic choice... Our favourite newbie to Stokes Croft, we predict Ceres will soon be famed for their nutritious black rice pudding, and for creating unbeatable flat whites made using silky Square Mile coffee beans. Tom at Ceres proudly labels itself as the place as a ‘Melbourne-style cafe’, taking on the speciality coffee culture and healthy lifestyle of sun-kissed Australians. And indeed, it's a great shout for a wholesome lunch that won't put you in a food coma. Perhaps a bit of a hipster hot-spot, the menu is a checklist of culinary buzzwords like avocado, halloumi, protein pot and gluten free. That's definitely not a bad thing however, and Ceres is fairly priced and reliably yum.

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Thali Café

For a health kick from across the continents... Granted, when you think of Indian food you probably don't exactly think healthy. But Thali Café is a far cry from the high-fat kormas and greasy naans from your local curry house. The menu lists fresh alternatives that taste damn good. The stir-fried Keralan thoran is fresh, easy on the oil, and full of veg - who'd have thought! Likewise, the dairy free thali and Goan fish curry dishes feel really nutritious to eat. Having enjoyed your main, you'd be more than forgiven for treating yourself to the wickedly indulgent banana fritters. Well, it is fruit.

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The Bristolian

If you’re in the mood for fresh salad… Call me a freak, but few things excite me quite like a reaaaally good salad. Forget limp iceberg lettuce and a few token cherry tomatoes. The planet-conscious guys at The Bristolian create exciting, delicious and filling salads. The counter is always stocked up with around eight different dishes, which just makes choosing a struggle.

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Five Grains

The manoush is the main event here, a thick Levantine dough wrap spread with goodness and topped with fresh fillings. Five Grains does the mother of all manoushes, deal for breakfast or lunch, smothered ground thyme, sumac and seeds, before being layered with vitamin-filled food stuff. Other fillings include traditional minced beef with onions, and a range of super smoothies. Look out for the Wriggle lunch deal that includes fruit and a smoothie. This is the ultimate detox without a Deliciously Ella recipe in sight.

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Beets n' Roots

Taking inspiration from owner Rebecca's travels and mindful retreats across the Americas, Africa and Asia, Beets n' Roots' menu is packed with such an abundance of amazing raw, veggie, vegan and vibrant choices that you'll probably look (and feel) 10 years younger just by looking at it. With juices so fresh they're positively evervescent with colour (and packed with more beetroot, tumeric, ginger, lemon, spinach, apple or cucumber than you can shake a chakra at) and organic wraps, burritos, hotpots and Buddha bowls so generously laden with seeds, pulses and oils, it's hardly a surprise that Beets n' Roots have were nonimated for a clutch of foodie awards in 2017.

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Foundations Cafe

Head over Baldwin Street's very own health hub - Foundations Café - and nourish your body and mind from the inside out whilst setting the foundations for an awesome rest of your day. Foundations believe that a good diet is a sustainable one - which is why they're driven to provide deliciously healthy, wholesome and nutritionally balanced food (think protein waffles, overnight oats and avocado on toast) with a fun, colourful twist (the range of options in their meal boxes or dazzling array of healthy sweet treats ensure that eating well here never gets boring).

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White's Botanicals

Effortlessly chic, elegant yet terribly tasty, White's Botanicals serve the perfect combo of well-being and flavour. You'll probably feel healthier just by walking in to the place, their elegantly hanging baskets of greenery and flowers infusing the room in fresh scents and beautiful colours. Large windows brighten the space and welcome an easy breezy vibe, matched perfectly with the naturally nourishing food. Their unique, guilt-free treats, such as their pumpkin and cashew butter toasties and buckwheat pancakes, offer a new take on health food without sacrificing the taste. A great spot to bask in the sun with chilled vibes to match, prepare to nourish your body in the good stuff.

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Cupp (Cargo 2)

Some may say the quaint modest space of a shipping container is a perfect fit for the beloved Cupp, Bristol’s answer to the bubble tea bonanza. Starting in a converted Citroen H van called Pearl, Cupp have grown and expanded into three stores across Bristol and have now taken residence at Cargo 2. Over the years these guys have mastered the magic with their tasty drinks with a range of loose leaf, fresh fruit and fresh milk tea. Serving fresh and healthy drinks without sacrificing taste, Cupp deservedly hold its claim as Bristol’s best bubble tea.

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Cafe Matariki

It's a hidden-secret, Cafe Matariki. Tucked on the opposite bank of the river from Castle Park, about 50m from Bristol Bridge - it's a cafe with a passion for fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced food. Chef Janice Heskett knows her stuff as well, having spent years running an award-winning Clifton Deli, a well-known spot amongst the area's foodies. Each day she prepares a new selection of dishes - typically inspired by the Antipodes, normally healthy (try their rejuvenating juices), but with the odd naughty-sweet-treat thrown in.

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Published -12th January 2018