We all know Singapore is a foodies dream, with so many fantastic restaurants to choose from all over the red dot. How then are we able to eat clean and stay healthy in Singapore? So, where can we buy healthy alternatives in Singapore? Here are my tried and tested favourite clean living options on this beautiful island.
Eating In. – How to eat healthy in Singapore
Oh Wow Brands
Eating healthy and ordering online has never been easier with OhWowBrands by Fluetis; there are a choice of vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and organic products, so you could say there is something for everyone. There are delicious snacks, cooking ingredients, beverage options, pantry fillers and even Nespresso friendly coffee pod options. With so many healthy options, I tend to order as many products as possible. They seem to have new items popping up regularly for me to try, which makes each order exciting! You can purchase through lazada, Shopee Mall, Fairprice, Qoo10, Amazon, Redmart and Bulbs. There are lots of little goodies for the little ones too. If you want to know more, check out my latest Instagram post for an exciting new giveaway!
New Zealand Fresh
The name pretty much gives away what this fantastic company is all about. I have been ordering from New Zealand Fresh for a few months now, and I am pleased to say I have never been disappointed. From grass-fed Meat to frozen fruits, this little gem has it all. Ordering online, and they deliver right to your door! Not only that, they offer same-day delivery! New Zealand Fresh has recently opened their first store at 201 Telok Kurau Road (Kurau Court), #01-05, 423910.
They are open 7 days per week, from 08:30-18:30
This place is fantastic! You can pretty much get a scoop of anything here. I love the concept of this whole foods store; they offer you gloves, a scoop (literally) and some paper bags and send you out into the aisles. For me, I feel like a big kid in a candy store. You can supply yourself with grains, cooking items, seeds, nuts, healthy drinks and even organic cleaning products. Scoop has it all. You can visit Scoop Wholefoods at 163 Tanglin Rd, #02-17/ 18, Singapore 247933
The convenient hours of 730am to 730pm makes Bootles a great place to shop early in the morning when most other healthy markets are closed.
However, you can still order online if you wish. You can purchase a whole range of delicious items, including chemical-free and free-range products. The coffee grinding machine is also helpful (and the coffee is delicious, to be honest, tried and tested by me). You will find the supermarket at 733 Havelock Road Singapore.
This little gem reminds me of Australia’s farmer markets, with lots of good healthy options (mostly familiar brands I use at home in Oz, to be honest), along with some fresh organic fruits and vegetables. What makes this even more appealing is that they have a great cafe, with some excellent healthy clean options next door. There is a little bit of everything in this great little farm.
With five store locations to choose from and a cafe and a bistro in Katong and River Valley, you are a little spoilt for choice.
Eating out – Healthy restaurants and cafes in Singapore.
Carrot sticks and Cravings
Do not let the name fool you; this little cafe has many delicious but healthy treats. There are two locations to choose from, Robertson Quay and Dempsey Hill; you can also order online. The Carrot Sticks and Cravings has a selection of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes to cater for a whole range of people’s choices. Opening hours are Monday to Friday: 7.30 am to 4 pm and Saturday & Sunday: 7.30 am to 6 pm. If ordering from their delicious menu isn’t enough, try the cooking school.
The Social Space
There are many reasons you should shop and eat in the social space, let me explain why! Not only is the food delicious, healthy and beautifully presented, but the concept of the social space fair trade retail store ticks so many of those “good for the environment” and “guilt-free shopping” places that we all need to experience. They have everything from products that you can refill (just byo bottles) to fair trade products. You can find The Social Space at 33 Kreta Ayer Rd #01-14 Singapore 080333 or 5 Straits View, #01-03 (Garden Tower) Marina One Residences 01893
Want to know more? check out The Social Space website for more details.
Haakon Superfoods and Juice
You will find this hidden gem in four locations around Singapore, making Haakon Superfoods and Juice an easy lunch choice. Although there are many lunch options to choose from, as you can see, my love of Acai Bowls drew me to this healthy cafe. You can now have them deliver (seriously, who doesn’t deliver in 2021?) or dine in. Either way, Haakon Superfoods and Juice has now become one of my go-to healthy choice venues. They have four venues to choose from –
1- 11 Tanjong Katong, #02-K3, Singapore 437157 – Operating Hours: Every day 11 am to 9 pm
2- Raffles Place, #01-11/12 – Operating hours Mon-Fri: 9 am to 8.30 pm, Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays/PH: Closed
3- 313 Orchard Road, #B2-14 Operating hours 10:00 AM – 9.30 PM
4- Raffles @ Holland V, 118 Holland Ave, #01-03, Operating hours: 10:30 AM – 9.00 PM
Juice Bars in Singapore
Joe and the juice
I have to admit, I was a little excited to see that Joe and the Juice opened in Singapore. Being a massive fan of it overseas, I couldn’t wait to try it here. Head over to Chevron House #01-35A, Quayside Isle #01-09 and Tanjong Pagar Centre #01-07, and you will not be disappointed (if juices are your thing, of course).
I know what you are thinking! Isn’t this just one of those chains so they can’t be healthy?. Well, let me tell you, it is all about what you purchase – Sure, you can opt for the heavy milk-based options, but if you want to stay healthy, then try the juice-based shakes (you can thank me later!). Boost Juice has ten stores all over Singapore however, they fall heavily around Orchard.
Healthy dessert options
I know that the word Healthy and dessert are generally not labelled together. But if you are looking for something to calm those sugar craving, why don’t you try Juju’s bar. Found at the Botanic Gardens
Sat and Sun: 9 am-7 pm Whether you choose to build your own or you opt for the take-home tub (that I tend to do), you will be surprised by how delicious they are all are. I highly recommend the Dragon (it is my favourite) that includes fresh strawberries, grapes, lemons, Medjool dates and oat milk.
This heavenly ice cream store sells vegan ice cream to die for; it has unique flavours that Singaporeans seem to love, like Pandan Gula Melaka and durian. However, the much-loved ones (that I tend to gravitate to) like the passionfruit sorbet and keto chocolate sorbet!!! (tried and tested). There are also cakes, superfood balls and drinks to choose from, and they have opened a new outlet in The Paragon (YAY). Kind Kones also has an online shop if getting to Orchard Rd is too tricky.
7 good habits to keep you healthy in Singapore
Trade your coffee date for a walk.
Singapore is loaded with great locations to explore; check out some of my favourite hiking locations in Singapore. If you are like me and get bored walking the same route every time, it is time to explore. Suppose you have some time to spare and decided that your 3-hour long lunch can be swapped for A day out at Pulau Ubin, where you can hire some bikes and explore. Perfect!
Choose your food wisely
If you are meeting for lunch, then choose your cafe or restaurant wisely. Research your restaurant before you go by clicking on the menu and opting for the healthy options. Swap your heavy calorie fuelled burger for a light and filling salad; it is that easy! Better still, if you are eating at home, prep your food for the week or have a weekly dinner plan. Healthy eating becomes a mindset and a habit that can be easily formed if you are willing to put in the effort.
You have probably heard it a million times; the early bird catches the worm. In other words, “the person who takes the earliest opportunity to do something will gain the advantage over others”. Hence, get up early and go for a morning walk, bike ride, jog when there are fewer people around and less traffic on the road. Not only that, if you can squeeze in a bit of me-time before the rest of the house rises, it is incredible how much more you can get out of your day. Need some inspo? Try reading The 5 am club by Robin Sharma. Sure, it is a fictional story, but the principle behind it is all real.
Monitor your calorie intake
It is very easy to get lost in the world of eating out in a city like Singapore. With so many great restaurant options to choose from, you may feel like you want to eat your way through the country (believe me, I have tried). But counting your calories makes you responsible and accountable by ensuring that you don’t overindulge more often than not. Make going out to eat a treat, than a regular habit, choose a restaurant that healthy choices or share a dish rather than eat a three-course meal.
Find a fun hobby
Not a bike rider or a marathon runner? That is okay; I am not either. Start doing a little research about fun things to do in Singapore and start getting active. Book a weekly lawn bowls evening with friends or join a gym with a fun class you have always wanted to try. Start paddleboarding or dust off those old ice skates. You can find a plethora of activities in Singapore if you do a little digging.
Fight off the negative thoughts
The only person convincing you to skip a gym class or eat an extra meal is you! Fight off the negative thoughts and reward yourself when you have done well for the week. Whether you choose a spa treatment or a massage at the end of the week to reward yourself or perhaps permitted yourself to catch up with friends for dinner, either way, don’t be so hard on yourself! If you haven’t done so well today, no worries, there is always tomorrow!
Sometimes we forget to rest, give ourselves a day to sleep in, go for a massage or have a day reading a book. If you are tired, take a nap (only if you can, don’t do this at your desk at work). Your body does need time to recover, especially if you have a gruelling schedule. Allow yourself the luxury of doing nothing; we all need it. Meditation is another self-love option that I strongly believe in; if you keep all the other parts of your body healthy, why not keep the mind healthy?
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