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Food: Just Salad, Boxpark

Another health craze has hit Dubai, which hasn’t spared anyone – not even food bloggers! Trying to eat healthy (which also includes the sad reality of skipping dessert) meant crossing Just Salad off the wishlist.

Sadly their blender wasn’t working when I visited, although their selection of teas made up for that – loved the Honest tea range: Honest green lemon as well as the half tea half lemonade combo. They also have Alo ® Drink (aloe vera), Vita Coco, vitamin water and much more.

Started off with a buffalo chicken wrap which may taste a bit bland in the beginning but as soon as the buttermilk ranch kicks in, it pulls the entire sandwich together!

A great combination of chickpeas, crumbled feta, lentils and pita chips with an olive oil balsamic vinegar dressing in the Mediterranean mix (veggie special).
Another great salad is the chipotle cowboy, a chunky salad where the grilled chicken, sharp cheddar and creamy avocado shine through; dressed in a chipotle vinaigrette.

Just salad also has a range of soups and a make your own salad option, if you opt for the reusable bowl you get to add 2 essentials to the salad of your choice.

The Boxpark branch we visited is small but had outdoor seating which was great for this cooler weather! Their other branches are in JLT and Business bay – for when the inevitable sweltering heat comes around!
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New restaurant alert: Appetite!

Appetite is a definite hidden gem located inside Bay Avenue serving up delicious guilt free grub – not scrimping on quality or taste Appetite sure delivers on all fronts.

The interiors are quite quirky with wooden tables and steel chairs/stools surrounding the cases storing ‘top notch food’. Their outside bench seating gives a great picnic air and would be amazing for this weather.

Their menu includes daily specials and new additions to the menu like their superfood breakfast bowls.

As for drinks, they have their own range of coffees and juices but what really interested me were their freshly in-house made drinks: summer fiesta and litchi iced tea.

Beetroot avocado quinoa nori from @appetiteuae. Served with wasabi, ginger and soy sauce.

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These beetroot, avocado organic quinoa nori rolls are really filling and not to mention delicious. A little hard to eat but worth the mess. Served with wasabi, soy sauce and ginger.

The Asian chicken noodles were another fast favorite, served in a durable take away box – noodles topped with stir fried vegetables and crispy sesame seed chicken.

Moroccan street salad – grilled halloumi, organic quinoa, mixed vegetables drenched in a tangy sumac dressing. This salad needs to be mixed well since the quinoa is at the bottom.

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My favorite item out of everything we tried was the turkey and chipotle blt – this was just fantastic. The smoked turkey meets the soft yet flavorful rye bread and juicy tomatoes for a brilliant combination.

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Wicked mac n cheese, a great twist on the classic with the addition of tomatoes and basil. Ooey gooey heavy cheesy deliciousness topped with a crunchy layer of parmesan cheese!

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This is actually a new creation by the passionate Archie! He’s been experimenting with different ingredients to make the perfect smoothie and I think he hit jackpot. This invention contains: avocado, honey, coconut milk and white oats – needs to be on the menu stat!

Overall a great lunch at a hidden gem! Need more of that fantastic avocado smoothie.

Fitness First’s new Palm Jumeirah Branch

Fitness First’s latest Platinum club is now open in Palm Jumeirah Golden Mile 7, this makes it the 33rd club in the UAE!

The expansive facility offers it’s members platinum facilities featuring: huge group exercises, spinning and multipurpose studios.

This Acai berry delight is great to have post workout! Filling, sweet and creamy check it out @fitnessfirstme

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Core Juice Bar – where I tried their new Acai berry smoothie, perfect post workout as it’s sweet, healthy and filling.

The juice bar also has many other options and also provides supplements such as multiple proteins, extracts, vitamins and more.

The facility also features multi-functional Synergy 360 training system and is also well equipped with a large range of freestyle products such as Battle Ropes, TiYRs, Bulgarian Bags, Slam Balls, Core Bags, VIPRs and TRX frames. Continue reading Fitness First’s new Palm Jumeirah Branch

Food: Trying out Detox Delight

Over the last weekend at 10:00 am sharp a huge styrofoam box landed on my doorstep filled with goodies from Detox Delight. After reading up on the options that I could go with, I cautiously selected the one day detox and decided to see how that would fare.

In love with these energy balls from @detoxdelightdubai.

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These energy balls are delicious, definitely kept me perked up throughout the day.

Quite liked this filling courgette basil soup from @detoxdelightdubai

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The soup was more filling than I thought with slightly bland flavors but when you mix in the cashew tomato cream it balances out. Heating it up in a bain-marie took a while since we haven’t done at home in ages.

Main flavors that shine through are the pepper, basil and lemon perfect for lunch or dinner!

As for the juices I tried to pace myself and slowly drink and really ‘chew’ them which was an interesting experience.

The first juice of the day was the lemonade, which was slightly bitter, has a strong taste of apple which later leaves a mint aftertaste.

The second juice was orange, quite refreshing and my favorite of the day, main flavors are orange and red carrot.

The third juice was pink, thicker than the rest and easier to ‘chew’, main flavors are beetroot, carrot and grape.

The last juice of the day was green, which at first sip tastes fine but then the spinach and courgette get too overpowering hence making it difficult to swallow. Main flavors are spinach, courgette and mint.

Overall I’d like to give detox-ing a try again, I did feel slightly lighter. But the next day my head didn’t stop hurting (normal for any kind detox) and all those cold juices may tickle those with a sensitive throat.

Disclaimer: I was sent this package my Detox Delight but as always my opinions are honest and unbiased.