Growing up in a food-obsessed family with a passion for clean living, Anna Halliday was destined to be in the health-food industry. Having lived in Paris and worked in London, it was on her travels to California and Cape Town that she discovered an attitude to food that matched her own appetite for fresh, delicious meals, locally-sourced but with a focus on high quality ingredients. And it was this ethos Anna brought back to London through the opening of Hally’s, a Californian-style restaurant in Parsons Green.
After 18 months running Hally's, Anna and her husband Philip opened Little H - a café, juice bar and deli just across the road – bringing a slice of sunshine to London, adopting a farm-to-table approach with emphasis on quality, local-sourced ingredients.
Little H provides a treasure trove for healthistas, catering for vegans, paleo-dieters and those choosing gluten and dairy-free lifestyles.
We asked Anna to document a food diary for a day. Prepare to be inspired by this happy-meets-healthy day on a plate.
This morning I had the vegan bircher muesli that we serve at Little H. As well as the usual ingredients, it contains goji berries, pistachios, hazelnuts, coconut yoghurt and almond milk. It gives me a good dose of all the right things you need first thing in the morning. I always start the day with a big pot of green tea to clear my head and kick-start my metabolism.
I tend to drink tons of fresh juice (it's kind of hard not to when you own a juice bar!), and mix it up depending on how I am feeling and what my body needs. Today it was a beetroot, celery, lemon and ginger juice to help maintain healthy blood pressure and to get a good dose of antioxidants. I also had one of our amazing raw superfood halva bars, which are addictive.
I often have lunch on-the-go as I am usually running around in Hally's or Little H. It tends to be something quick and light. Today, it was a really tasty green, vegan soup made with spinach, chilli and quinoa.
At dinnertime if I am not out with friends I will cook something wholesome and yummy at home. I like the completely opposite food to my husband who cannot survive a day without pasta or red meat, so we often eat different meals. This evening I had three different colourful salads - one was a raw chopped salad of spring greens, fennel, cabbage and pumpkin seeds, another was made of quinoa, sweet potato, spring onion and pomegranate, and the third was mixed leaves with cherry tomatoes, courgette, edamame beans and apple cider vinaigrette – which also happens to be great for digestion. All topped off with some poached wild salmon.