Like all of us, did you indulge over the festive break? Of course you did! Life’s too short to not do that really, it’s just the remorse that follows that makes us regret picking up that extra mince pie or loaded crackers with cheese and chutney over and over again…but if you’re wanting to jump back on the wagon and still enjoy a meal out, don’t worry, we have you covered! Say hello to our new campaign #healthyharborne. 

During January and February, we will be offering two lucky winners a months free membership for Harborne Pool & Fitness to kick start that exercise bug.

To be in with a chance of winning a whole months membership, all you need to do is:

  1. Follow both @harbornevillage & @harbornepfc on either Instagram or Facebook.
  2. Sign up for the Harborne BID newsletter here

Alongside our competition, the #healthyharborne campaign will also be showcasing all of the things good for you right on our doorstep, including local cookery classes, appliances that can help you prep and cook delicious healthy meals, tips and tricks in the kitchen from some of our fantastic local chefs and all of the delicious diet-friendly dishes Harborne eateries currently have on the menu; proving you can still eat guilt-free while dining out!

Make sure your keeping up with our campaign by following us on either Instagram or Facebook, but here’s a peak at some of the businesses and plates we’ll be showcasing. Warning, this will make you very hungry!

The Plough (21 High Street)

The Plough offer fresh, daily made salads that you can build yourself. Available between 12 – 3pm, prices range from £9.50 – £12.50 depending on how much you want to load your plate. They also have a separate vegan menu full of plant based dishes, just ask at the bar.

Boston Tea Party (School Yard)

Boston Tea Party have plenty of diet friendly brunch options to keep your taste buds happy. Including avocado on toast, coconut and tomato Dahl and Shakshua.

Umami (25 Lordswood Road)

Umami are making it far too easy to tempt us into their restaurant and swap out those meat options with their mouth watering menu dedicated to just vegan dishes!

Macphersons (46 Clarence Road)

A good diet is more than eating the correct foods, healthy food prep is just as essential. That’s why along with recommending our favourite Harborne restaurants as part of our #healthyharborne campaign, we will also be highlighting ways to help you achieve the healthiest meals at home too. 

If you are on the hunt for a multi functional appliance in your kitchen, have you ever considered the Smeg Combination Steam Oven? Available from Macphersons, along with many other models, this oven is capable of grilling, baking and even steaming your food and we all know how beneficial grilling and steaming food is compared to frying. It helps maintain all the moisture and nutrients in dishes, keeps food natural, full of flavour and adds no extra oil or fat, all with a push of a few buttons. Any help we can get cooking healthy at home, we welcome with open arms! 

If you’re thinking about investing in one of these magical appliances, Macphersons have plenty in store that you can try before you buy. Just pop down, give them a call or have a browse of their website.

Sabai Sabai (268 High Street)

Award winning Thai restaurant Sabai Sabai have an endless amount of dishes that you can enjoy guilt free like their refreshing papaya salad or delicious vegan curries.

Harborne Food School (School Yard)

If you’re wanting to save on those pennies this year by eating out less, have you considered picking up some kitchen skills instead and bringing those restaurant dishes to you? Harborne Food School have plenty of classes that cover a huge range of cuisines and even classes focused on food for the mind and body. Something right up our #healthyharborne street! If this sounds like something you’d want to invest in, keep an eye on their website. They have a huge selection of classes available all year round.

Slug & Lettuce (186 High Street)

Slug and Lettuce also now have their own vegan menu! Yup, all these dishes are vegan friendly! You could pick between the smoky soya sloppy Joe tostadas topped with yummy Violife, the vegan feast or the vegan burger.

Damascena (103 High Street)

Damascena’s menu is jam packed with healthy plates, (many can be catered for veggie/vegan too) from their delicious falafel, fuul, salads and soups to their popular Moroccan mint tea. Mint tea has been proven to aid in digestive problems, fight bacterial infections and improve sleep which are all important factors to a healthy you! 

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