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...

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 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 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. Try their range of super smoothies, each packed with fruit, veg, grains, oats and vitamins. 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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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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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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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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Offering everything from fortifying pho to light and spicy summer rolls you can eat light and meat free at Rollin' Vietnamese. Pho has been the go to "pick me up" broth for centuries, a vegetable stock packed with flat rice noodles, beansprouts, coriander, fresh herbs and chilies and topped with plenty of mushroom and tofu. Summer rolls are perfect for those warm summer lunches, rice paper rolls are packed with vermicelli, carrots, cucumber, beansprout and herbs and finished with delicious tofu, make sure you pick up some soy sauce dip for these veggie beauties

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The daily changing menu – running breakfast through lunch - changes seasonally and (you guessed it) uses organic and sustainable ingredients as a matter of course, buying from local and trusted suppliers. They run a veggie kitchen and hand make as much as possible, from their bread to cakes, soup, salads and tarts. Prices are far too reasonable so don't delay and head up to Park Row for a fresh, handmade soup and bread whilst having a browse of the courses at The Folk House upstairs to keep your creativity healthy too.

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Workout Bristol's waterfront cafe/bar is a proper hidden gem (gym) on Welsh Back. Boy have they done a good job with their recent refurb - but they're not just a gym. Downstairs you will find their cafe serving both naughty and nice veggie food to refuel after a gym session. There are plenty of smoothies and juices to choose from (our fave is the beetroot and ginger) as well as jacket potatoes with plenty of beans (hold the butter), soups and brilliant salads. Take lunch outside by the river to really soak in those healthy vibes.

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Owned and operated by the YMCA, this is an outstanding example of a not-for-profit community cafe which provides some of the best lunch, coffee and nibbles in Broadmead in the impressive surrounds of the attractive old Police Station building. The food itself is highly recommended. An excellent local lunch spot and cafe, which serves a beautiful and delicious salad box. Made up of 4 different salads, the box is topped with pickled red cabbage and decorated with your choice of dressing. Add halloumi or falafel for £1.50 or chicken for £2.00. Enjoy your lunch in their cafe courtyard, or have it to take away and enjoy elsewhere.

Read more about Station Kitchen (Centre)

Standing proudly amongst the magnificently elegant, iconic Park Street is Yakinori – an absolute destination for Japanese food lovers from across the city. Since their opening, Team Wriggle have been massive fans of this family-owned restaurant, serving up the finest in sushi, ramen, bento, katsu curries and other well-loved and Japanese dishes – as well as some exciting, innovative fusion dishes! The decor is fun and funky, with an amazing open kitchen where you can watch the talented chefs work their magic as they prepare your delicious dishes from scratch using fresh, seasonal ingredients, as well as some specially imported authentic produce, too.

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Published -11th June 2018