Top 5 Healthy Food Choices in The CBD
When healthy office snacks can no longer satiate your hunger, you need to get your healthy meal fix somewhere else. Somewhere nearby. With the countless salads, wraps, and sandwich offerings in the CBD, there’s no lack of healthy food choices.
To break the monotony of salads, an increasing number of restaurants serving up unconventional healthy food have been popping up in the CBD, giving health-conscious office executives in the area a wider variety of well-balanced meals. With so many eateries to choose from, here are 5 eateries to fulfill your nutritional needs.
With the belief in feeding people right, Grain Traders whips up healthy comfort food for the everyday worker. This eatery specialises in customised rice and noodle bowls, with slow-cooked sides such as sous vide salmon, pulled pork, marinated bell peppers, chargrilled veggies, and more. Grain Traders is also vegetarian and vegan-friendly, offering high protein meat-free side dishes like mixed bean pico de gallo and lentil patties.
Its executive chef, Gisela recommends having the sous vide salmon with beetroot feta yoghurt sauce. If you’re watching your diet, pick brown rice, quinoa or bulgur wheat noodles as your base and you’re all set. Barely a year into its opening, business has been brisk and you’ll be lucky to get a table at its CapitaGreen outlet during lunchtime. But fret not, the founders have just opened another outlet in 100am. Too busy to step out for lunch? Order a delivery here.
- #01-01/02/03 138 Market Street CapitaGreen Singapore 048946
- #01-03/04 100 Tras Street 100 AM Mall Singapore 079027
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 8AM – 8PM Saturday & Sunday: 11AM – 8PM (100AM only)
A Poke Theory
A Poke Theory specialises in a Hawaiian dish called Poke (pronounced ‘Poh-kay’). Poke is very similar to Chirashi, the Japanese dish we’re more familiar with. This eatery offers sushi rice, romaine lettuce, or the gluten-free lemon quinoa as bases.
Top them with the flavour of salmon or tuna of your choice out of four (including the nutritious Avocado Miso Salmon that doesn’t contain mayo) as well as various toppings like Furikake, cherry tomatoes, and sesame seeds. A “nutrition-focused extension” of the business called HEALTH by A Poke Theory serves up superfood smoothie bowls (all at $6) and produces its own brand of cold-pressed juices, and kale chips.
Location: 27 Boon Tat Street / Singapore 069623
Opening hours: Weekdays / 11AM – 6PM Saturdays / 10AM – 4PM Closed Sundays
Yup, Poke is so trendy right now. Aloha Poke is inspired by the founders’ first taste of Poke during their vacation in Hawaii. They fell in love with the fresh flavours of the dish and decided to recreate it, and bring it to Singapore. Each bowl comes with three choices of Poke to choose from, served over a bed of rice or salad, topped off with scallions, pineapple and lime. They also provide complimentary add-ons of jalapenos, nuts, flying fish roe, and one superfood of your choice, such as avocado or chia seeds.
- 92 Amoy Street Singapore 069911
- Marina Bay Link Mall 8A Marina Boulevard, #B2-46 Singapore 018984
Lunch Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm Dinner Mon to Sat: 5.30pm – Late Closed on Sun and Public Holidays
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 8pm (Marina Bay Link Mall) Closed on Sat, Sun and Public Holidays
Taiwan’s number 1 vegetarian chain Sufood launched in Singapore two years ago and it has been receiving rave reviews. It serves Italian inspired meat-free cuisine made with fresh ingredients and natural spices, which means there’s no MSG or artificial flavours in the food.
If you’re looking for something healthy, hearty and cruelty-free, look no further than the Hearty Shrooms Roll, a bread roll stuffed with succulent Lions’ mane mushrooms, baked till golden brown. It comes with a side of Japanese sweet potato, and romaine salad. High in protein and carbs, this meal will definitely keep you guiltlessly full.
Location: 252 North Bridge Road, #02-19, Singapore 179103
Opening hours: Lunch: 1130am – 3pm (last order at 230pm) Dinner: 530pm – 10pm (last order at 930pm)
Need a healthy mid-afternoon pick-me-up? Get an Acai (pronounced ‘Ah-Sigh-Ee’) bowl. Originating from South America, Acai berries are a superfood filled with antioxidants, popular in Brazil and Hawaii.
Outside of the Amazon, Acai is only available in smoothie/pureed form as it doesn’t travel well. Superfood bar, Absolute Acai, offers smoothies topped with ingredients such as granola, fruits, almond, chia seeds, coconut flakes, goji berries, bee pollen, and cacao nibs. It as creamy as ice cream, and tastes earthy yet sweet without the fat that comes with real ice cream––good enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Location: 3 Pickering Street #01-38, Nankin Row, Singapore 048660
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 8:30pm
Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 8:30pm
This post is written by Leah
Leah, or better known as the Wonder Woman behind ‘nutritionist approved’ claims at Boxgreen, is a lover of all things food. She is a nutritionist by training and she will do anything for Matcha bribes.