Lindsey Turnbull

Best places for Healthy Eating in the Cayman Islands

Published on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 by Lindsey Turnbull

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You don’t have to be a dedicated vegan or vegetarian to enjoy the delicious fare on offer at Bread & Chocolate.

Just because you are on holiday doesn’t mean you have to give up on eating healthily. Cayman has seen a rapid rise in the past few years of restaurants and shops that offer healthy foods and drinks, ranging from full course meals to snacks and cooling smoothies aimed at those visitors and locals who like to eat healthily.

You don’t have to be a dedicated vegan or vegetarian to enjoy the delicious fare on offer at Bread & Chocolate. Tucked away in the heart of George Town at the corner of Dr. Roy’s Drive and Edward Street, they serve up vegan all-day breakfast and lunch options.

All their foods are prepared without the use of any animal ingredients and their breads and desserts are made in house. Wherever possible they use organic and local produce. Table service and take out is available Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 2pm.

Breakfast could be their wonderful warm Belgian style waffle served with fresh fruit and table syrup and, for a little extra, topped with house-made coconut ice cream. For lunch you could choose their Island Bowl, with its spicy jerk tofu, garlic sautéed seasonal greens, black beans and fried plantain, an absolute island favourite. Or you could plump for the Angus Beet Burger, conjured up from Pickapeppa-infused shredded beet, brown rice and lentil patty with fresh garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato and red onion served on a whole grain bun.

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The Island Bowl, with its spicy jerk tofu, garlic sautéed seasonal greens, black beans and fried plantain, an absolute favourite at Bread & Chocolate

Their signature French toast is stuffed with chocolate hazelnut butter and bananas, dipped in coconut and tahini batter and topped with fresh fruit. Top it with their coconut ice cream for a few dollars more. Sensational!

Icoa Fine Foods, to be found in Seven Mile Shops on the sea side of West Bay Road just out of George Town is a great place to chill and have a healthy breakfast, lunch or tea. Everything is made in-house from the bread to the cakes and buns. Baked daily their breads include Tuscan, multigrain and fig and walnut. Open Monday to Saturday (closed 3pm to 5pm) to dine in or take away.

Island Naturals Café sets out to meet the needs of today’s health conscious customers, found off West Bay Road at Coconut Plaza. They have a well-deserved reputation for serving a superb range of hearty vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes and made-to-order smoothies, fresh juices and fruity iced teas.

There’s also a health and wellness office next door to their retail store with holistic nutritionists on site to give help and advice. Island Naturals offer a wide-range of gluten free foods, reflecting the huge shift people are making to their diet, as well as a variety of sustainably grown, non-GMO, organic and raw superfoods.

Staff have a passion for fresh food, healthy eating and the environment and their menu reflects this, with breakfasts of oatmeal, acai bowls, breakfast wraps, fresh juices, gluten free muffins and smoothies seven days a week. Lunch and evening menus include soups such as coconut and sweet potato, whole wheat or lettuce wraps, acai bowls, salads and curries. Get your healthy food fix here!

Jessie’s Juice Bar at Camana Bay serves up more than just juices. They have a wide range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free foods served in wraps, gluten free cakes and healthy banana breads and raw vegan truffles. And for a special treat try their Kombucha, an age-old, probiotic beverage of fermented tea which is micro-brewed on site.

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