I don’t mean to alarm you but someone has started a revolution! Ok, so it’s not an actual ‘pitchforks and fire torches’ type of revolution it’s more of a healthy food type of revolution but either way it’s pretty exciting! If you live in Cape Town or Joburg and haven’t yet discovered Nü Health Food Café then you’d better recognise because these clever poppets are hell-bent on helping South Africans eat clean, fresh, delicious and oh-so-healthy. Gone are the days of ‘fast food’ being junk or unhealthy – thanks to Nü you can have super healthy grub on the go all day every day!
The Nü team started their journey in Cape Town and after having great success with their stores in the Mother City they decided to expand into the rest of South Africa by opening their first Joburg store last year. With stores in Green Point and Sea Point in Cape Town as well as in Waterfall in Joburg Nü offers hungry health fanatics a range of fresh and delicious salads, wraps, breakfast, smoothies, frozen yoghurt, 100% fruit juices and more to enjoy on the go or whilst sitting down inside one of their eateries. Serving breakfast, lunch or a takeaway snack this spot is ideal for Vegans, Vegetarians, gluten or lactose intolerant eaters and even meat eaters. If you love to eat healthy then there’s something on the menu just for you.
The thing I love most about Nü is that they only use super fresh ingredients from sustainable and ethical sources. The ingredients are locally sourced and there’s no sneaky bad stuff lurking inside the food. The eatery has loads of regulars who pop in for a quick bite or a takeaway smoothie after gym and with all sorts of healthy bits and bobs to suit almost any dietary choices on the menu it’s easy to see why. All the meals on the menu are vegan or vegetarian to start with and customers then have the option to add a protein of their choice (choose from free range egg, tuna chunks, free range chicken breast or smoked Norwegian salmon) at an added cost.
I popped in for lunch and tucked into the Powerhouse Salad (greens, roasted balsamic beetroot, feta, avo, sweet corn, celery, rosa tomatoes, toasted sesame seeds, sprouts topped with lemon and olive oil dressing – R52) with free range chicken breast (R22 a portion) as my protein. I paired my salad with a D-Tox juice (spinach, celery, cucumber, apple, lemon and ginger – R32 for a small and R42 for a large) and while I was skeptical of it at first, once I’d taken my first sip I was in love. I like that you can boost your chosen drink with a super boost shot of Chia seeds, Ginger, Raw Agave Nectar, Whey Protein and more to add extra oomph. My salad was beyond delicious and I can’t wait to go back and try some other things from the menu.
My mouth also watered at the sound of the gluten and sugar-free Protein Flapjacks (whey blueberry flapjack with banana, walnuts, honey, cinnamon – R49) and the gluten and sugar-free Banana Bread (banana-coconut bread served with peanut butter, banana, honey, cinnamon – R42) for breakfast. The gluten-free Baked Tuna Fish Cakes (ricotta, feta, lentils, sweetcorn, broccoli, sesame seeds, sweet indo glaze and olive oil served with a side salad – R89) have been added to my must-try list as well.
After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.