Coffee Corner has smashed it and not just the avocado
Each fortnight in the Indie, in his column entitled Fit To Eat, Mike Williams, owner and personal trainer at MW Fitness at Wickham Hall, samples Bishops Stortfords restaurant and cafe scene to produce a guide to guilt-free eating out. This week it was the turn of Coffee Corner
Things have been very busy at the studio over the past few weeks. In fact, we’ve just posted our best quarter ever.
As a result I haven’t had too many opportunities to eat out with other members of the MW Fitness team. Last week, however, presented a rare opening in the schedule so I took Mark and Sara out for lunch.
As we perused the menu, I took in my surroundings. Situated on South Street, I love the rustic feel that Coffee Corner exudes, with wooden pallets on the walls, warm pendant lights hanging from the ceiling and comfy sofas inviting you to take a seat. This place is a bit of me.
As an added bonus, the menu offers plenty of healthy options with a nod to the fitness enthusiast.
There is a wide selection of ‘fresh detox juices’ if you’re looking for a nutrient boost and ‘power shakes’ with added protein for those looking to replenish post workout.
Be aware of “too much of a good thing”. Smoothies and juices are packed full of nutrients but can contain a high concentration of sugar. If you blend fruit, the natural sugars are released from within the cell walls of the fruit and become “free sugars”. These are rapidly digested and converted into energy, which as we all know, if not used up will store as fat.
So what did we order?
MIKE – Main: Smashed avocado on toast with chilli flakes, smoked salmon and poached egg. Power shake: Bootcamp – almond milk, strawberry, blueberry, peanut butter and vanilla protein.
My lunch was even better than it sounds! Avocado has endless health benefits: it’s a healthy fat that is low in carbohydrates and high in fibre, and it’s even thought to assist in weight loss.
Along with the protein-rich salmon and poached egg, it’s pretty much the perfect meal. On paper it’s high in fat, but they are good fats that our body needs to stay healthy.
MARK – Main: Turkey burger with courgette, wedges and salad. Power shake: Ultimate Energy Go Bananas and Blueberry – banana, blueberry, vanilla protein and coconut water.
SARA – Main: Chicken and halloumi superfood salad. Power shake: Red Velvet – beetroot, raspberries, banana, spinach and almond milk.
Fats from natural sources such as avocado, fish and eggs are known as unsaturated fats. These are the good guys and can help maintain a healthy heart.
Trans fats on the other hand are made in an industrial process. Companies add hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them solid at room temperature.
Why do this? Trans fats help food last longer. You may find trans fats in fried foods, cakes, pies, biscuits, doughnuts etc.
It might taste good, but it’s not good for you. This unhealthy type of fat raises your LDL cholesterol level and increases your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
Coffee Corner, in my opinion, have nailed it. Simple, healthy, delicious food in a cool, industrial/rustic café with friendly service. What more could you want?
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Overall: 17 out of 20