So it's midway through January, and you're already starting to slip on your New Year's resolutions. "It's so cold; I can skip jogging just for today." "No more binge-watching... once I find out who Mr. Robot is." ""I danced so much last night that it'd be unhealthy not to Deliveroo myself a Tommi's burger right now."
We can't help you motivate your lazy arse (although this trampoline park in Reinickendorf might do the trick) or keep your eyeballs away from the screen (in fact, our next issue's all about film, TV and video). But we can give you some healthy eating inspiration, whether in bowl, powder, raw or bulletproof form. Check out these five tips next time you're jonesing for junk.
1Danziger Straße 16, 10435 Berlin
Start the new year on the right footing by stocking up on enzymes! The “cooking“ of food is verboten at the casual all-raw, all-vegan, all-English-speaking P'Berg bistro (the owner and chef is a Manchester native) Rawtastic, which opened a little over three months ago. The 'Shroom Burger and vegetable-based crust of the Pizzatastic, for example, are both dehydrated at 42 degrees for a painstaking 16 hours – allegedly preserving the food's nutritional content as well as preventing gastrointestinal enzyme waste. So how does it taste? Check out our February issue for the full review.
2Warschauer Straße 33, 10243 Berlin
Opened last summer above the Veganz grocery store, The Bowl is a health-and-ethics dream: vegan, organic, free of gluten and refined sugar. They even cook using renewable energy. The signature "bowls" come loaded with ingredients: the Macro Bowl alone contains lemon quinoa, Brussels sprouts, tempeh, miso and white bean hummus, “pink kimchi” (more like sauerkraut), wakame-cucumber salad, greens and a ‘super-food’ dressing. Provided you can corral the somewhat negligent waitstaff into giving you a check, you'll find all this goodness comes at quite a premium (bowls go for €11 or so) but it's still worth a visit, if only for the great view over Warschauer Brücke.
3Brunnenstraße 173, 10115 Berlin
Devoted to "coworking and superfoods", Unicorn took over the site of the former King Kong Klub in September. The cafe's productivity-boosting powers are dubious (€18 to work next to the espresso machine?) and the all-vegan food, which leans toward premade sandwiches and salads, doesn't fare much better, although we found the zucchini-mushroom soup (€6) surprisingly delightful. Dessert-wise, skip the raw stuff infavour of American-influenced goodies like chocolate lava cake or pumpkin pound cake.
4Mulackstraße 32, 10119 Berlin
Just because you’re eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice coffee – or even butter. The "bulletproof coffee" craze, invented by American Dave Asprey after he was reinvigorated by a Tibetan yak butter drink in a trek through the Himalayas, is just starting to make inroads in Berlin. The recipe? Just blend 1-2 tablespoons of butter – only grass-fed will do, mind you – and equal parts coconut oil into your coffee. As crazy as it sounds, it tastes great and the healthy fats combined with the caffeine are supposed to give you a boost in mental efficiency. Give it a shot at Garçon de Café on Mitte’s Mulackstraße (look out for our full review in next month's issue!).
Wanna turn any food into a bonanza of nutrients? Reach for this Berlin-made "superfood powder". Berlin Organics, brought to you by Sony manager turned nutritional guru Klaas Koolman, offers five colourful dehydrated blends ready to be thrown into a smoothie, mixed with milk or juice or sprinkled over muesli. Try the "calming" cacao-coconut Ruhepol blend in a cup of almond milk, or the antioxidant-rich acai-grape seed-hibiscus-baobab Schutzschild in apple juice. At €9.95 for 15 servings, it should satisfy superfood addicts till the next nutrition craze comes along. Buy it at health food shop Erdkorn in Wilmersdorf or select Bio Company branches.