Mike Williams, Owner and Personal Trainer at MW Fitness of Wickham Hall, samples Bishop’s Stortford’s restaurant scene to offer a guilt-free guide to eating out.
This week he samples Bill’s on North Street.

It’s been another incredible month at the MWFITNESS studio as we continue to break our own records. Our on-going success just proves to me that more and more people are taking measures to improve their health, fitness and wellbeing.

The biggest hurdle for most of my clients however continues to be finding it hard to fit in regular exercise and follow a healthy nutrition plan. Our schedules seem to be busier than ever, so eating on the go has become much more of a regularity. Making health conscious decisions when eating out may seem boring but it can be the defining difference between achieving your goals or not.

Top Tip: Make sure that your treats remain a treat and don’t become the norm. If you were to eat a chocolate bar every day, for example, that becomes a regular part of your diet. This will result in you searching for something even more indulgent to have as a ‘treat’. Being disciplined and reducing this to one bar a week instead would have a hugely positive effect both physically and mentally.

 

I typically aim to eat out at independent restaurants in Bishop’s Stortford but this week, my family and I popped into Bill’s for breakfast. The menu offers a decent range, with both healthy and indulgent options. Regular readers will also know that I’m quite partial to a juice and Bill’s make one of my favourites!

So, what did we order?

Mike: Apple, Carrot and Ginger Juice and a black Americano.

Bill’s Garden Breakfast – poached free range eggs, halloumi, roasted plum tomatoes, charred red peppers, smashed avocado, hollandaise sauce, pea shots, mixed seeds and toast (I asked for granary).

Between the juice and my breakfast order there was a vast amount of nutrition. It was colourful, well presented and tasted great. I always try to eat more colourful foods because as a rule of thumb they contain more nutrients. I’ve recently been making a conscious effort to reduce my caffeine intake as well. I realised that I had become somewhat reliant on it to get through my busy days. I now aim to have just one cup per day, typically first thing in the morning and I feel so much better for it.

Hannah: Super Greens Smoothie – kale, spinach, mango and apple juice.

Porridge – with banana, toasted hazelnuts and blueberries.

Adding a big helping of kale to your breakfast sets your body up brilliantly for whatever your day throws at you. Easily digested, it is one of the most nutrient-dense foods available, packed full of vitamins, minerals and powerful anti-oxidants. It’s low calorie and low GI, and when mixed with fresh fruit juices, Hannah hardly noticed it was in there!

Porridge was another great choice as it’s healthy and hearty – perfect for the slightly cooler autumn mornings. All porridge oats are whole grains making them a nutritious breakfast option, and they will help you to feel fuller for longer, so you’re less likely to snack. In general be careful about sugar content, but Bill’s porridge got the thumbs up.

Top Tip: Fats from natural sources such as avocado, fish and eggs are known as unsaturated fats. These are the good guys and can help maintain a healthy heart. Trans fats on the other hand are made in an industrial process. Companies add hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them solid at room temperature. Why do this? Trans fat helps food last longer. You may find trans fats in fried foods, cakes, pies, biscuits, donuts etc. It might taste good, but it’s not good for you. This unhealthy type of fat raises your LDL cholesterol level and increases your risk for heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

 

Review

  1. Healthy Options and Variety ****
  2. Flexibility (open to menu changes) ***
  3. Service *****
  4. Value for Money ***
  5. Overall 3.75/5

Summary

We were impressed with the healthy options available at Bill’s and were left feeling that we’d indulged, while still eating food that had great nutritional value.

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