While I am not a vegan, I do appreciate the benefits of a plant based diet and have recently been doing more and more research into eating healthy and maintaining a good eating regime. It’s no surprise that I have a sickness which can at times, like now, flare up and get intensely debilitating, hindering my ability to many of the most basic and mundane tasks – like brushing my teeth. While I usually do take a special precaution with my diet (limiting gluten, sugar and dairy), at times like this, I find that some of the best healing takes place through the foods I eat and seem to crave places full of goodness like Nourish’d for food and Jessy’s Waffles for treats. Read more below on what I like to order at both of these places and why you should pop them a visit ASAP.
I’ve had Jessy’s Waffles many times over and over again. Jessy, the owner, is the loveliest person you will ever meet and her passion for vegan, gluten free waffles run deep. She has a selection of sweet and savory waffles, each incredible in their own way. I, like many of my friends and family, were quite sceptical to try a gluten free waffle since it seems to be quite unheard of. Happily enough, we were pleasantly surprised at the taste and texture which Jessy and her team have put a lot of effort and thought into. The best part about it is probably the fact that you don’t feel like you’re eating something super healthy!
My favorite is obviously the sweet one’s and, depending on my mood, I either go for the ‘My Sweet Captain’ or ‘She’s Bananas’. The former is a vanilla base topped with coco caramel, hazelnut sauce, choc-chips, gluten free crunch and some sea salt while the latter is quite similar except it has the addition of banana. They are quite big so I would definitely recommend sharing or ordering a half portion. Jessy’s also recently added a dairy-free soft serve which is delicious and you can either choose that or a side of whipped coconut cream which is equally tasty.
Find them at 58 Barnet street, Dunkley Square, Gardens 8001, Gardens, Cape Town.
Oh my goodness, I don’t think I have ever craved anything as much as I constantly seem to crave the smoothie bowls at Nourish’d. Natasha, the brain-child behind the brand created two beautiful restaurants in Cape Town that scream health, wellness and all-round good-vibes. While I generally don’t enjoy the texture of smoothie’s, my friend Rati persuaded me to try one at Nourish’d. It was so good that I zoned to for a good 10 minutes of our conversation and, to this day, cannot recall what we were speaking about (Sorry, Rati). Not only do they look good, but they are packed full of feel-good ingredients guaranteed to keep you full and satisfied without the bloat. I returned to Nourish’d a few days later for another smoothie bowl fix which, as the name suggests, completely and utterly left me feeling nourished, happy and bright.
They stock a range of shots, health juices (all with really cool names like ‘Feelin’ da beet of my heart’ and ‘honeylove’), as well as smoothies, breakfasts, rainbow bowls and sandwiches. While they are not cheap, the prices are worth it for the quality of ingredients, presentation and health boost you will feel from just one bite. I love the ‘Bladdy Blazin’ Berries’ (blueberries, strawberry, banana, dates, maca, chia seeds granola and almond mylk) and ‘Makin’ Me Cacao’ (cacao, maca, banana, chia, cinnamon, granola) smoothie bowls.
They have two stores so be sure to check out their website here for more information.