Fast food is the epitome of unhealthiness, grease, salt and calories – or so we think.
The burdenous high street fast food tag comes with images of questionable meat, greasy fries and the kind of brown paper bag you only ever carry when you don’t want people to know what’s inside.
Several attempts to change public opinion on the big name burger joints have been made over the years, with bags of carrots, fruit and salads appearing on the menus – but who ever buys those?
Seeing the gap in the market, a fast food joint of more humble origins has landed in central Leeds intent on delivering a healthy alternative.
Nourish, in Bond Street, has recently launched with the promise of “healthy fast food”.
Set up by nutritionist David Stache, it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner options that are billed as nutritionally balanced to provide plenty of protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats and nutrients.
But with healthy food often labelled as bland, Oliver was keen to see what all the fuss was about with a healthy lunch.
The restaurant itself is pretty minimalist. The counter is right in front of you, there are open fridges to the right and a walkway that leads to the rear of this bright, white space.
There are wooden beams, floors covered in Astroturf or down to the bare concrete with eclectic furniture from simple wooden benches to brown leather sofas spread over two simple but stylish floors.
The menu is impressive but is quite a lot to take in. Each dish has its calorie, carb, protein and fat content listed. You can also see whether the dishes are gluten free, wheat free, halal or suitable for vegetarians or vegans.
It features everything from quinoa porridge, protein pancakes, steak and feta and super green wraps to chilli, turkey meatballs with courgette noodles and poached egg pots.
I went for a £5.45 chicken quinoa satay pot, which came with a smooth, subtly spiced sauce, plenty of juicy chicken, pepper and spinach, and came in a recyclable pot.
My dining partner opted for a baked sweet potato topped with hummus and spinach at a well priced £4.45. The generous portion was a delight, the hummus thick and well spiced.
With the addition of a light fruit, spinach, avocado and mint Super Greens Smoothie and a deliciously thick Almond Butter Chia Smoothie, packed with almond milk, almond butter, banana and chia seeds, our bill came to £16.
It’s certainly not fancy, your meals come in recyclable pots and the knives and forks are plastic but this place offers something exciting and good value. It seems healthy fast food is possible without compromising on taste or massively hiking up prices.