It’s finally that time of year where we are full of guilt after the festive season, where we stuffed our faces silly and let the diet go out the window. So now January has arrived it’s time to kick-start the healthy eating regime. Glasgow Living have scoured the city to find the best places to eat some healthy, tasty grub…


Image: Facebook @mymarthas
Image: Facebook @mymarthas

They say that “Martha’s brings healthy and hearty fast food to the busy people of Glasgow”. The seasonal soups prepared from scratch, fresh salads or calcium boosting Yoghurt Pots are an ideal choice for a healthy lunch, whether it’s on the go or sitting in. Why not try a Box or Wrap, choose your filling and how you want it; either wrapped in a Khobez flatbread or box with Slow Burn Brown Basmati, both served with slaw.

Social Bite

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Image: Facebook @socialbitebusiness

Yep, not only is it an A-List celeb hang out (George Clooney and Leo Dicaprio have both visited the Edinburgh branch!), Social Bite is a “sandwich shop with a difference”, donating 100% of their profit towards solving social problems (read more about this here). As well as soups, sandwiches and salads, you can tuck into hearty meals such as Posh Pie, Beans & Mash, Moroccan Meatballs and Thai Veg Curry. When you’re in there why not buy a ‘suspended coffee’ or a hot meal for a homeless person to come in and claim. You can do this here.

Kcal Kitchen

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Image: Facebook @kcalkitchen

This restaurant and smoothie bar in Glasgow focuses very much on nutrition and healthy eating. The menu features; Protein Waffle & Pancakes on the Breakfast Menu, while on the lunch menu you can feast on Sourdough Sandwiches and popular dishes like Cashew Pesto Pasta. The Dinner Menu boasts dishes like Sweet Potato Chilli and Skinny Fish Supper or you could try a Skinny Pizza. All menus have the calorie, protein and carb information for every item.

Primal Roast

GlasgowLiving Primal Roast Salmon
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Primal Roast, a “clean-eating cafe” located on St Vincent Street is a perfect choice if you’re eating healthy. Try a Buddha Bowl, “a bowl full of flavour & goodness: steamed rice topped with either our slow cooked meat or veg with spinach, tomato & chilli relish”. Other dishes include Hot Smoked Salmon with freekeh, caramelised onion & pomegranate (pictured). Even the cakes are healthy! All cakes are dairy and refined sugar-free, a lot are also wheat and gluten-free and at least two cakes should be available that are vegan friendly.

Juice Garden

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Image: Facebook – Juice Garden

With Juice Garden delivering food and juices straight to your door, there really is no excuse not to choose this over a calorific sausage roll for lunch. Stop by for breakie and try the Rawnola or Quinoa Porridge, or why not try their sandwiches, mains or salad boxes. Mains include Thai Curry and their sandwich selection features Moroccan Magic, Awesome Avocado and Popeye Chicken, served lightly toasted on delicious rye pitta bread. Wash it down with a fresh juice or smoothie.


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Japanese food chain Wagamama is an ideal lunch stop for some delicious and healthy food. With full nutrition information (calories, protein, carbohydrates) on the online menu, it is easy to plan in advance a low-cal but yummy lunch. Low-calorie options include; Yasai Steamed Gyoza (214 cals), Raw Salad (217 cals) for starters and Chicken Ramen (513 cals), Sirloin & Shitake Salad (381 cals) or the Grilled Tuna Omakase (625 cals) for main courses.

The Wee Guy’s Cafe

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Located just off George Square, this cafe/deli is an ideal city centre pit stop for lunch. Offering a range of hot and cold food, including a range of salads and mains like Arran Smoked Cheese and Roast Kale Macaroni, Dukkah Crust Salmon or Roast Peperonata with Orzo in a Parsley Pesto.

Tapa Organic

GlasgowLiving bread shop organic loaf
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This award winning organic bakery freshly bake their organic bread across all four branches; Strathbungo, Dennistoun, West End and Kilmacolm. Pop in for a sandwich and/or cake alongside a cup of Tapa Coffee. Highlights include Spinach and Feta Tapa Tarts… yum!