Whether you want to control your calorie intake and eat clean or just crave more variety for your afternoon meal, these healthy makan places and food delivery services hit the spot.
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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).
#01-01, 12 Gopeng St, tel: 6221-3029
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.
Healthy eating doesn’t get much easier than this salad delivery service. Just choose your salad from the online menu, place your order and wait for it to arrive. The choices are all hearty, so you won’t be fainting from hunger by 4pm. The Shiraz Braised Beef Cheeks Salad ($17) comes with chunks of lean meat, eggs and an assortment of veggies. Other tasty options include the Meat Lover Moroccan Spiced Chicken Salad ($13), the Meat Lover BBQ Pulled Pork Salad ($13) and the Handmade Chicken Patties Salad (from $9). Order early, as delivery time slots are limited.
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.
B1-08 Ocean Financial Centre and #03-22 100am@Tanjong Pagar
Order ready-made bento meals for delivery to your office, or eat-in at the small cafe. 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.
#02-02 The Arcade, tel: 6750-4504
If you usually eat at your desk, Grain offers better alternatives to your same-old sandwich or takeout lunch. There are no plans or contracts – you simply sign up, check out the menu online, place your order, and wait for your chef-prepared meal to be delivered to you. The menu is wholesome and exciting, and everything is fresh. Think Irish Beef Stew with Roasted Vegetables ($12.95), Honey Dijon Chicken with Summer Root Vegetables ($11.95), and more. A delivery fee is included if you’re outside the Grain Hotzone.
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.
21 McCallum St, tel: 6634-0922
This is a monthly food subscription service, but all you pay for is the food. There are no membership or delivery fees. Simply log on and select your meals for the month. Choose from local favourites, Western classics and fusion dishes. The menu, designed by certified nutritionist Alexandra Prabaharan is low in fat and delicious. Check out the Nasi Lemak, made with wholegrain brown rice tossed in virgin coconut oil, the light but wholesome Chicken Curry Noodles, the Unfried Fried Rice, the Tom Yam Pasta with Tempeh, and the Salmon Cilantro Fishcakes with Quinoa Miso Salad. Each meal averages about $7.
If you’re the sort who wishes she could control her food portions, or if you need to eat a specific number of calories per day as part of a fitness plan, then this nutritionist-guided, chilled meal service is for you. Choose between two plans – Lean On Me, and Heavy Duty. The first is carefully planned to give you sufficient calories to sustain a healthy energy level, while the second is calorie packed, for those who want extra strength and need to push their body to the next level. Each plan consists of individually portioned meals that you can store at home or in your office fridge. Payment varies according to how many meals you need – five, 10 or 15 – and which plan you go for. Lean On Me includes meals like Apricot-Glazed Salmon with Tomato-Tossed Whole Wheat Pasta and Mixed Greens, and Heavy Duty includes dishes like Spicy Gochujang Sliced Beef with Sesame Mixed Brown & Red Rice and Oriental Vegetables.
774 North Bridge Rd, tel: 6635-3465
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It may be a little away from the CBD, but 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.
779 Bukit Timah Rd, tel: 6762-8029
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, kim chi, 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.
#01-02 China Square Central, tel: 6536-6034
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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.
B1-31 One Raffles Place and #01-28/29 Galaxis