Colombian food, while delicious, could hardly be praised for its health giving properties. I love myself some deep fried fish and plantain as much as the next person, but it’s definitely not food to be eaten every day. And for those days when I’m feeling a little greener than others, Barranquilla has a surprisingly wide range of healthy-eat places to choose from.
Gokela (Calle 84 Cra 55) is a chain with restaurants in Cartagena and Bogota, and thankfully has also touched down in Barranquilla. Almost like a healthier Subway but with far more options, it offers sandwiches, wraps, salads, rice bowls (like this delicious one pictured), as well as healthy sweet treats and a great range of juices.
Basil ( 51B#82-100 Palmas Mall) describes itself as a ‘gourmet healthy restaurant’ and also has its own health food store attached. Offering dishes such as ceviche, quinoa sushi and protein ‘cake’, it caters to the health-conscious Colombian while also providing interesting and flavorsome dishes. I went with a friend for breakfast and chose these cracking pancakes made with oat and coconut flour mixed with chia seeds, topped with peanut butter and strawberries. A great combo and a brilliant way to start the day.
With all this healthy food around, Barranquilla proves itself to be the best of both worlds. A great place to enjoy typical costeño food, you can also get your veggie/health food fare whenever you want it. So have your tres leches cake and eat it, with a bit of healthy green on the side.