Today is my first day back to the day job this year, yes, I’ve been off enjoying some mid winter leave. It turns out the best way to beat the Winter blues is to have lots of time out and about enjoying daylight hours.
Back on the Belfast beat I wanted to celebrate Breakfast Week and head to what I’ve heard are the best places for breakfast in the City centre.
En route to breakfast, the City Hall was also doing the Winter blues thing by getting its lights perfectly coordinated with the clear blue sky. What a lovely sight to make anyone feel good on the way to work.
Back to breakfast week, here’s what it’s all about.
‘The Shake Up Your Wake Up campaign includes an annual Breakfast Week celebration championing the importance of breakfast which takes place every January.
Breakfast Week is managed by HGCA and run on behalf of arable farmers who grow crops such as wheat, barley, oats and oilseed rape. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast and demonstrate the wealth of wonderful breakfast produce available around the country. We want to encourage people to think about where their breakfast foods come from and support the cereal farmers who produce it.’ source www.shakeupyourwakeup.com
I had three places on my list that I wanted to try this week, but that idea was immediately blown out the window as at 8am on a Monday morning all three were closed. So Plan B was immediately put in place. Actually there was no Plan B, until I passed Slim’s Healthy Kitchen behind Victoria Square on Chichester Street. It turns out Slim’s Healthy Kitchen express opens from 7am every weekday.
To be honest I had a few issues with Slim’s initially, which I have discussed with Mr Slim himself, but thankfully they were only teething problems and I’ve come to love this little healthy paradise close to BT HQ and regularly enjoy their smoothies, juices, snack pots and hot boxes. If you haven’t been into Slim’s in a while, you should check out their great new layout. You no longer have to stand in 2 queue’s and there’s much more room. But more importantly, check out their healthy food!
Their breakfast menu includes
- Porridge with almond milk and 2 toppings £3.95
- Bacon Wrap £4.95
- Healthy Breakfast £6.95
- A variety of breakfast pots at £4.50
- Muffins and Bagels from £3.50
The grilled meat and toasted soda along with perfectly poached eggs just felt like the healthy breakfast it’s billed as. I’ve never had gluten-free sausages before, and I actually am surprised to say that I liked them!
Their porridge is good and is made with almond milk so you’ve no lactose or dairy issues to worry about and the toppings are great with a big selection to choose from. My favourite topping is banana and raspberries, but you can try flaxseed, choc chips, peanut butter, honey, agave, nuts, cinnamon, chia seeds and blueberries.
The one thing that has always raised my eyebrow in Slim’s are the prices for what is essentially an express takeaway, but that’s probably more a result of me being continually shocked at the pricing of everything these days, well apart from the current tumbling petrol prices!
So, Slim’s for a healthy breakfast? Yes please! I’ll be seeing you again soon guys and thanks for being open so early and helping to ease me back into work for the first day this year!
- Get the more substantial topping ingredients if you’re hungry rather than cinnamon, honey or agave.
- Best shake: Peanut Butter Bonanza
- Best snack pot: SHK Thai Green Curry