For my most recent holiday, i was lucky enough to travel to the magical island paradise of Bali. Where you eat tropical fruit breakfast lunch and dinner and turmeric is in everything. Naturally, once I arrived I ate my way around the island. Sampling all the local meals and checking out the healthy food spots. My favourite meal was a dish called Gado Gado. Which is basically a plate of veggies and crispy tempeh smothered in peanut sauce. Heaven! I also ate my weight in smoothie bowls but that’s another recipe for another day. I’ve included some of my favourite places to grab a healthy bite to eat. Hopefully, they come in handy for anyone planning a trip.
Now for the most exciting part of the post. This weeks recipe! It’s a recreation of my favourite drink I had in Ubud, a turmeric, aloe vera, apple and honey tonic, appropriately named belly juice. Turmeric is known to soothe the digestive tract and is full of bonus antibacterial + anti-inflammatory compounds that work to boost your immune system. Perfect if you’re feeling a bit under the weather. The original juice uses Aloe vera but it’s a bit hard to come by so I’ve swapped it for carrots. Then add lemon and ginger for an extra kick. All the spice is balanced out with the sweet apples and maple syrup. This juice is delicious served cold but when gently heated it becomes the most delightful warming cider.
S E M I N Y A K
Mad Pops – Vegan ice cream & popsicles made from coconut and local seasonal fruit. They have the main shop in Seminyak but you can get the popsicles from most cafes around Bali. All are refined sugar-free.
Sister Fields – Australian style cafe serving classic dishes like avo toast & pancakes as well as a great selection of juices & smoothies and a dedicated lunch menu. Caters to vegetarians not so much vegans.
Nalu Bowls – Go to for refreshing smoothie bowls. There are 3 locations dotted around the island so don’t worry about missing out. My favourite was the Uluwatu dragon bowl but the J – Bay is a close second.
U B U D
Kafe Ubud – Health food cafe off the main strip in Ubud. The is Menu dedicated to vegan & vegetarian meals from breakfast right through to dinner and the biggest selection of juices/ smoothies. Sit on the upstairs veranda and watch the world go by.
Seeds of Life – When the balmy weather starts to get the better of you head here to get yourself an adaptogenic tonic or a refreshing raw meal.
C A N G G U
Peloton Supershop – Part cafe part bike shop this cafe is really fun. Their menu is completely vegan & delicious. Think Rendang burger with sweet potato fries, raw jackfruit tacos and sticky date pudding for dessert.
The Shady Shack – A funky beach shack set in-between the rice paddy fields of Canggu serving the best veggie bowls in town.
U L U W A T U
Drifter Surf Shop Cafe & Gallery – Sit back in the courtyard and admire all things surf while enjoying a delicious healthy meal. The Padang pancake stack with mango and cashew cream is a must.
Suka Espresso – Bustling beachside cafe serving up delicious breakfasts like beetroot fritters with mango salsa and the best coffee in Uluwatu.
M A R K E T S
There are loads of fruit stalls and fresh food markets, also called a Pasar or warung, around Bali. Stop by and try some of the local dishes like Gado Gado or nasi goreng and pick up some of the best tropical fruit or a fresh coconut.
Immune Boosting Turmeric Cider
Serves – 2 Prep – 10 Difficulty – easy
3 red apples
1-inch knob of fresh ginger
1-inch knob of fresh turmeric or 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
Prep the fruit and veg to be juiced. This will vary depending on what type of juicer you have, I cut mine into sticks.
Juice all the ingredients.
Stir in the maple syrup and the powdered turmeric of using.
Pour into 2 glasses and serve.
If you’re having it warm pour the juice into a saucepan and heat for 1 – 2 minutes until just warm. Pour into mugs and enjoy.