AROUND this time last year there was a social media storm surrounding the opening of The Skinny Kitchen, a new restaurant offering 'gym-inspired' food in Post Office Road.

The aim was to offer healthier versions of some of our favourite indulgent treats.

Pizzas, pancakes and even burgers are all on the menu but served with a guilt-free twist.

Burgers made with lean steak mince and served with sweet potato fries, low carb pizzas, flaxseed waffles, chia seed pancakes, protein bowls as well as fresh pressed juices and smoothies.

Fast forward 12 months, and The Skinny Kitchen is as popular as ever - particularly with the hip, health conscious crowd.

Although I'm no hipster, I am a regular customer because the food is consistently good - the smoothies are amongst the best in town.

I love the Super Skin (£5) made with avocado, grape, spinach, lemon and apple juice which not only tastes delicious it feels cleansing too.

The staff are always lovely and friendly, although sometimes they are so slammed you might have to wait a bit longer at peak times, but it's worth it.

The menu is divided into Power Bites, Main Gains (with great sounding names like Seriously Stacked Burger (£12) and the Clean and Jerk grilled chicken (£11)) and it includes a breakdown of protein, fat, calories and carbs.

My favourite dishes include the protein bowls. My daughter and I love the falafel and halloumi (£10) with lemon and herb quinoa, roasted chickpeas, lentils, avocado, tomato, salsa, green leaf salad and topped with a yoghurt, mango and mint dressing.

We also love sharing the Greek fries (£7.50) which are made from sweet potato and covered in crumbled feta cheese, salsa, olives and basil with a grilled lemon on the side.

The vegetarian chilli (£11) is a winner too - rich and smoky made with Chipotle chilli beans topped with skinny slaw, avocado, mozzarella, jalapenos and served with sweet potato fries or cauliflower rice.

The healthy eating dining concept began in Ibiza in 2014, when four friends were looking for somewhere to eat that meant all their hard work in the gym before their summer holiday didn’t go to waste.

When they couldn’t find anywhere, they decided to set up their own business which immediately took off reaching number 1 on TripAdvisor.

The Bournemouth restaurant was the first Skinny Kitchen in the UK and several more have sprung up across the UK since.

There's no where else on the High Street quite like it. And don't let the name put you off. You certainly won't leave feeling undernourished!