If healthy eating is a priority, mama, check out our all new, updated guide to the tastiest spots around the island for getting your health fix!
Clean Eating. Going Paleo. Gluten-Free. Organic. Whatever it is you’re looking for on the healthy eating front, mama, we’ve rounded up our fave spots in Singapore for finding wholesome, hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners you can feel good about.
We all know how fickle the Singapore restaurant business can be, so this list reflects some new favourites and is fully updated for 2017. Check out our gallery, and bon appetit!
Supporters of the “eat clean” food movement in Singapore; Afterglow is already a fave spot at Sassy Mama. These guys serve unique salads, wraps and deconstructed sushi bowls that are not only wheat-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free but are darn delicious too! Their more-ish desserts, such as their delectable Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge Cake, will have you questioning all your preconceptions of healthy food not being tasty. Afterglow, 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131, Tel: (+65) 6224 8921, www.facebook.com/afterglowsg
This is a one-stop shop for healthy living in Singapore, offering yoga workshops, nutritional consultations, detox programmes, healthy superfoods and of course, a rockin’ café dishing up delicious raw foods and drinks. There’s no red meat, no dairy, no refined sugars, no preservatives, no additives and no artificial colourings in any of their goodies (phew!). We’re obsessed with their fresh and flavourful salads, refreshing raw soups, yummy smoothies and indulgent raw desserts.
Balanced Living, 779 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269758 Tel: (+65) 6762 8029, www.balancedlivingasia.com
Bollywood Veggies is a farm out in the Kranji countryside but it has made it into this guide because of the healthy Bistro in it – Poison Ivy. Everything is made from the fresh, organic ingredients grown at the farm. Their food museum will teach the whole fam about the history of food culture and the 10-acre farm is full of animals and produce! Bollywood Veggies, 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026, www.bollywoodveggies.com
Mmmm there is so much goodness to be found here, from hearty breakfast bowls and bagels, to build-your-own bowls at lunch and dinner featuring lean proteins (including sirloin steak, grilled salmon, roasted chicken, lentil patties and more), delicious veggies, and grains like quinoa, brown rice, bulgur wheat and “super greens”. It’s slow food, done quickly, all from the foodie minds behind Kilo. Bonus points for two locations (in the CBD and at Tanjong Pagar).
138 Market Street, CapitaGreen #01-01/02/03, Singapore 048946 100 Tras Street, 100 AM Mall #01-03/04, Singapore 079027 www.grain-traders.com
Offering breakfast, lunch, brunch, and juices (not to mention organic wine!), this healthy spot is all about bringing clean, organic food and “functional, healthy-fusion cuisine” to the CBD Mondays through Saturdays. Cold and hot breakfasts (including overnight oats, Acai bowls, and free-range omelettes) are primarily gluten-free, dairy-free and often vegan. We love the surprisingly extensive lunch menu, which features protein bowls, salads, sandwiches and hot entrees (zucchini noodles holla!). Kitchen makes sure to use organic veggies wherever possible, too!
Kitchen by Food Rebel, 28 Stanley Street, Singapore 068737, Tel: (+65) 6224 7088, www.foodrebelsg.com/kitchen
All-Day Brunch…need we say more? Granted not every item on this menu is what we would call ‘clean eating’ (though those tater tots are air-fried), but this Holland Village-adjacent spot will deliver wholesome, hearty ingredients like chicken sausage, grilled salmon with brown rice, tempeh and air-flown veggies, all packed up into tidy bento boxes. We’re particularly tempted by their low-calorie protein cookies in yummy flavours like matcha, dark cacao and charcoal sesame.
Lean Bento, 43 Holland Drive, #01-49, Singapore 270043, Tel: (+65) 6750 4504, www.leanbento.com
This huge, airy, light-filled Dempsey restaurant has a farm-to-table eating philosophy, a fabulously healthy menu and a great outdoor play space for the kiddos to wear themselves out while they wait for their food to arrive. Many ingredients are grown in the on-site garden (say hello to the chickens laying eggs in their coop, too!); and up to 90% of ingredients are sourced from within Singapore. This is more of a dining destination than a takeaway lunch spot, though, as even starters and kids’ menu items start at around $20 each. It’s well worth the trip, though, mamas!
Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Rd, Singapore 248819, Tel: (+65) 6471 0306, www.openfarmcommunity.com
This lovely large space in Millennia Walk comprises a restaurant, café, and grocery by Little Farms. Lunches consist of a long kitchen counter loaded with a “market table luncheon spread” where you can pick and choose your own home-style lunch with a base, protein and sides. Dinner sees more extensive, hearty bistro-style meals. Everything is made from scratch with the freshest seasonal produce sourced from farmers and artisans, both local and international. And they’ve got breakfast and yummy desserts, too!
Plentyfull, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-79/80 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596, Tel: (+65) 6493 2997, www.plentyfull.com
This independent healthy food store/café has been a long-time proponent of eating healthy and shopping smart. They serve veggie classic café dishes ranging from all day breakfasts, sandwiches, and salads, to pastas, soups and much more. Don’t miss their poached egg sourdough sandwich or beet burger served with delish sweet potato wedges and fresh guacamole. Not only do they serve great healthy options but Real Food also focuses on supporting local independent food producers and farmers.
Opened as a healthy food store by five sisters, Sunnychoice has become a veggie café serving a yummy selection of local and Asian style dishes, such as veggie sushi, Tau Hu Goreng, pumpkin fried brown rice and wholesome soups. This casual neighbourhood eatery also sells affordable organic goodies so you can stock up after chowing down.
Sunnychoice Cafe, 434 Upper Bukit Timah Road, The Rail Mall Singapore 678060, Tel: (+65) 6892 2383, www.sunnychoice.com.sg
This homegrown brand offers both chia seeds and birds nest, two ingredients renowned for their myriad health benefits. The former (certified organic, non-GMO and gluten-free) is rich in Omega-3s and wonderful for easing inflammation and lowering blood sugar. The latter – which provides over 50% of the daily recommended dose of crude protein – works wonders for the skin and has renowned healing properties.
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Who said you can’t indulge while being healthy? This home grown fast food done healthy concept is one of our fave dining spots for food on the go. All their burger patties are made with organic mushrooms and soybeans, with the most popular choices being their tangy Hawaiian Teriyaki and Creamy Shrooms burgers. Did we also mention, if you’re avoiding carbs, you can order a side of broccoli, so there’s no need to feel guilty at Vegan Burg.
Vegan Burg, 44 Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419502, www.veganburg.com
Lead image sourced via Vegan Burg