We always thought that eating healthy is easier said than done, especially when we dine out so often. That is, until these offerings came up and had us feeling like we could give Blake Lively a run for her money.
Open Door Policy is at 19 Yong Siak Street.
Open Door Policy
By now, foodies should be no strangers to Open Door Policy, a bistro in Tiong Bahru helmed by executive chef Ryan Clift of Tippling Club. If you haven’t had a meal there in a while, now’s a good time for a return visit, seeing that they’ve launched a gluten- and dairy-free menu. So now, you can tuck into their hearty, ﬂavourful dishes without feeling the guilt. Taking a leaf (literally!) out of its sister restaurant, Open Farm Community’s book, the bistro is also growing its own indoor garden – which has fresh watercress and other vegetables that are harvested every day for use in Open Door Policy’s kitchen.
Fun Fact: Only those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity need to go on a gluten-free diet. But Gwyneth Paltrow, Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian have all jumped aboard the gluten-free train in a bid to live a healthier lifestyle.
Frunatic is located
at 7 Kaki Bukit
Avenue 3, Kaki
Headed by a team of health and wellness professionals, Frunatic is a concept store that serves raw diet-inspired vegan food. If you’re new to the game, subscribe to their Therapeutic Wellness Set Meal, a 10-meal package that’ll deliver a nourishing meal right to your doorstep once a week.
The set includes a Chef Special with Therapeutic Sauce, Salad Appetiser, Nutrient-Dense Dessert, Fibre Bites, Alkaline Ionised Water Infused with Flowers, ColdPressed Juice and a Functional Smoothie, all tailored to suit and counter various symptoms such as fatigue and a weak immune system.
Along with the hearty meal, you’ll also be guided through a Nutrient Deﬁciency Analysis and Wellness Consultation throughout by their nutritionist. Their nutrient-packed Strawberry Cheesecake was a surprisingly decadent strawberry mousse topped with tart berries that complimented its nutty almond crust.
FROM FARM TO YOUR DOORSTEP
The main gripe that consumers have with organic food is the hefty price tag. Well, that is about to change with Cabbage Pact, an organic food subscription service that won’t have you giving up your ﬁrstborn just to be able to afford quality, GMOfree produce. A box will be delivered straight to your doorstep on a weekly basis, ﬁlled with 4kg to 6kg worth of fruits and vegetables sourced from Asia, Australia, Europe and America, depending on your subscription package. Prices start from $42 for a week to week plan, but they also have 4-week and 8-week plans that gets you a better deal in terms of cost per box.
For more information, visit www.cabbagepact.com.
Steam Box is at 68
Serangoon Garden Way.
Who says eating healthy will break the bank? And that steamed dishes are bland? These two misconceptions are debunked with the Super Value Set Lunch menu from Steam Box, priced at $11.80++ per person. Simply pick three dishes from the 18 items on the lunch menu, which will be served with a bowl of rice and a homemade barley or lemongrass drink.
We suggest picking the restaurant’s signature dishes: the nutritious Marinated Ginger Chicken Thigh with Wolfberry, Marinated Minced Pork with Premium Salted Fish, and Marinated Spicy Pork Ribs. Thes set lunch is available on Tuesdays to Fridays, from 11am to 3pm.
Did you know: Steaming is a healthier method of cooking food because you don’t need to use any cooking oil, keeping the fat content low.
Hard Rock Cafe is at 50 Cuscaden Road and 26 Sentosa Gateway.
Hard Rock Cafe
Hard Rock Cafe isn’t the ﬁrst place that comes to mind when you think of eating clean. After all, the restaurant chain is known for its menu of indulgent all-American fare like greasy burgers and ribs drenched in sauce.
But for the entire month of October, both of its local outlets will serve vegetarian dishes like Grilled Ratatouille Wrap with grilled vegetables and Sriracha mayo, and Cauliﬂower “Wings” served with celery, carrots and a zesty bleu cheese dip.
The star of the meatless menu is undoubtedly the Quinoa Burger. Featuring a scrumptious house made patty made of nutrient-rich quinoa, mushrooms, Cheddar, soy sauce and breadcrumbs; and topped with hummus, arugula and tomatoes, it can stand toe-to-toe with any burger, vegetarian or not.
GO WITH YOUR GUT
You know you need to take your vitamins to stay healthy, but are you doing anything to ensure you get enough probiotics too? Probiotics are “good” bacteria that are naturally found in your body and are responsible for keeping your digestive system healthy.
Some examples of probiotic-rich foods include yoghurt, miso soup, and fermented foods. And with local startup We Are Cultured, getting your daily dose of probiotics has never been easier.
The company recently launched Teabiotic, the Magic Dust, a range of powdered tea blends made with organic wholefoods and a patented probiotic. Just add hot water and stir, or put it in your smoothies or iced teas. Teabiotic comes in six ﬂavours: Yang, Morning After, Pure Ma-Cha, Perk, Equilibrium, and Coltcha.
Teabiotic, the Magic Dust retails from $29 to $35 on www.wearecultured.com.