JUNK FOOD THAT’S GOOD FOR YOU
The best chefs around transformed all of your favourite cheat meals into muscle fuel.
From mega burgers to microgreens, karaage chicken to kalette crisps, never has there been such a dichotomy in what we eat. But separating food into vessels for vice and virtue serves no one, especially when you can have a portion of both. This, gentlemen, is our guide to clean eating for dirty appetites
FOOD, LIKE FASHION, IS susceptible to trends. Taste is subjective; it’s at the mercy of vagary and whim. But what about nourishment? You might think that nutrition – it being a science, and therefore by definition objective – would be impervious to impulse. Yet in 2017, “eating clean” remains as on trend as Yeezy Boosts.
Consequently, these are confusing times to be a foodie with a vested interest in his health. Never before has there been so much choice between food that hardens arteries on sight and so-called “clean” fare that even the most yielding Instagram filter can’t make toothsome. Although tenderstem broccoli sales are up 25%, one of the most-watched TV shows now is sugar-laced Great British Bake-Off. Which raises the question: whatever happened to the middle ground?
Now, if the strain of this argument feels like it’s headed toward a sensible conclusion that moderation is key, fear not. We have tasked nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert ( rhitrition. com) and a team of chefs to come up with recipes that deliver on both gluttonous desire and nutritional benefit. And as anyone who has ever sunk their teeth into a hot dog on legitimate health grounds can attest, these guys have more than met the challenge. We think these meals are worthy of their own hashtag: #dirtybutclean. Each will satisfy base instincts as keenly as it mitigates alimentary fallout. Go on. Have your cake and eat it.