Singapore’s known for its great food but some foods might not necessarily be healthy. Here are 8 restaurants you can eat clean at without the guilt.
by Atika Lim /
June 23, 2016
At this cafe, you’re advised to “eat your goals”. So, whether you want to Shape Up, Energise, Build, or Glow, there’s a nutritionist-devised meal to help you get there. The Build menu items, for instance, contain loads of protein plus healthy carbs and fats, while the Glow dishes are packed with vitamins that are good for your skin. The Energise menu consists of foods with low-GI carbohydrates to fuel you up without weighing you down, like the Health-Kicked Chicken Rice with brown rice ($10.90) and the Prawn Pad Thai with almonds ($12.90).
2. Sunny Choice Cafe
Whether you’re a hard-core vegetarian or just prefer to go meatless every now and then, Sunny Choice offers colourful, generously portioned dishes that are delicious and healthy. Choose from Pineapple Fried Rice, Thunder Tea Rice, Fruit Vegetable Rojak, Pumpkin Soup, Bak Kut Teh Rice Noodles, Pumpkin Fried Brown Rice and lots more. Each dish is priced at about $10.
Choose from a range of signature protein bowls, packed with veggies and healthy carbs, and either tofu, chicken, beef, pork, tuna or salmon. You can also make your own bowls from a variety of bases, proteins and toppings. The proteins are prepared in true Japanese style, like the yuzu-honey roast chicken, yakiniku steak, maple and genmaicha cured salmon, and miso-braised pork.
4. Lean Bento
Lean Bento’s bento boxes are low in carbohydrates and fat, high in protein, and MSG free. Only whole ingredients are used. The menu includes dishes like Super Hero Chicken and Salmon Multigrain Donburi ($16.95), Garlicky Chilli Chicken High-Fibre Pasta ($12.95) and Lemon Sea Salt Salmon Roasted Broccoli Salad ($15.95). Vegetarian options are also available. Nutritional information of every dish is provided on the website.
For a twist on the old sandwich, check out Gaest for its Nordic-style fillings and breads. All their sandwiches use freshly baked sourdough or Danish rye bread, and tasty fillings worth getting excited about, like salt-boiled potato, hazelnut and rye crunch, cold smoked salmon, honey and apple pickled beetroot, orange marinated red cabbage, roasted pork with crackling, and lemon marinated celery stalk. The sandwiches range from $13 to $15 each. Soups and cakes are also available if you are feeling extra hungry.
6. The Living Cafe
The Living Cafe is definitely worth a visit for its amazingly healthy cuisine. You’ll find plenty of raw, vegan and gluten-free options, but if you like meat and fish, these are on the menu, too. Try the Salmon & Eggs Wrap ($15) with smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and caramelised onions, the Wild Barramundi Rice Bowl ($16), the Indiana Chicken Wholemeal Pizza with goat cheese and macadamia cheese ($20), and the Sesame Tofu Burger ($14) on a sesame-crusted tofu bun.
7. Do Si Rak
If you’re a calorie counter and need to know exactly what goes into your food, then you have to hit up this Health Promotion Board-endorsed Korean-style restaurant, whose name means “lunch box” in Korean. The dishes are free of MSG, trans fat, refined sugar, corn syrup and other nasty additives. Instead, you will find fresh and nutrition-packed ingredients like salmon, tuna, lean meat, vegetables, kimchi, rice, eggs and mushrooms. The calories in every dish are provided as well, giving you one less thing to worry about when you’re trying to eat well.
8. The Daily Cut
The protein-based salads here are simple, healthy and filling. Choose from proteins like steak, turkey, chicken, salmon and tofu, and enjoy them with a selection of salad greens, and healthy fats like avocado, egg and mozzarella cheese. The salads are customised and prepared on-site so you don’t have to worry about soggy, overdressed greens or pre-cooked rubbery meat.