Once regulated to your kitchens, health foods have suddenly became haute in public spaces thanks to the sudden availability of gluten-free and vegan options at restaurants and grocery stores. As much as we love our sugar-laden granola, dairylicious desserts and meat-filled pies, we’ve decided to kick our health up a notch by going for healthier alternatives.
But if you are not ready to give up eating animal products, it doesn’t hurt to stick to sustainable meats, dairy or eggs, too. Although we spent our time sacrificing our social life to cook vegan creations at home or dropped more dollars on GF options at restaurants, no longer do we have to hide in shame.
Here are our top 10 picks for health foods:
What is it: Like the most precious secret you keep between your friends, Selva is the go-to retailer for all things acai. Be it a litre-long tub or delicate chocolate-covered vegan popsicles, it is not to be missed out on. If you’re looking to treat yourself at home after a long day of walking at Botanic Gardens, their acai and coconut chocolate-covered popsicles are the best treat to cool down the heat. Although acai is their specialty, Selva is on its way to churn out new flavours.
Must try: Banana acai and cacao popsicle
What is it: Founded by Maya, Mili and Shalhlink Kale, this family-owned company is not to be slept on. Named for making deliveries on Sunday, Sundays Only is made for everything you always wanted in a granola: nutritious, but not too sweet. Made with refined sugar-free and gluten-free options, this oat-based granola is loaded with chopped walnuts, raisins, goji berries, pumpkin and chia seeds. If you wish to add more sweetness for breakfast, add some fig jam with your granola. Most importantly, 10 percent of the sales is donated to Transient Workers Count Too, a non-profit that aids low wage migrant workers.
Must try: RSF and GF Granola
Monarchs and Milkweed
What is it: Taking artisanal gelato to the next level with local-inspired flavours, this shop is a stone’s throw away from Textile Centre and Arab Street. Featuring a diverse array of flavours, their dairy-free options are to die for. Although it’s a small range, the flavours are chocolate, mango coconut and soursop mint. Best to take your entire family out on a weekend to enjoy the sweetness you needed after a long week of work.
Where is it: 802 North Bridge Rd, #01-01, Singapore 198770
Must try: Soursop mint or Mango coconut
What is it: Who knew that gluten-free treats can be as sweet as your favourite non-GF kuehs? Tucked inside Tiong Bahru, this bakery is full of GF loaves, waffles and cakes for the gluten-intolerant. Moreover, there’s vegan and dairy-free options for the lactose intolerant, too. If you loathe anything too sweet, their treats are free of refined sugars. If you like Korean food, you can treat yourself to a hearty Korean lunch!
Where is it: 71 Seng Poh Road, #01-35 Singapore 160071
Must try: Vegan King’s Noodles and Grandma’s Bimbim Bap
Wild Boocha Kombucha
What is it: Locally brewed, this female-owned kombucha store serves health and joy in one bottle. Packed with fruity and floral flavours, you can pick one suited to your mood. Stock up on a bottle or two if you wish to get through work at home without relying on coffee.
Must try: Yuzu Lavender
The Living Cafe
What is it: Tucked away inside Bukit Timah, this friendly neighbourhood cafe has organic produce that’s served fresh alongside white meat. You’ll find zero dairy, preservatives, refined sugar and red meat. For sustainable plant-based diners, this restaurant is not to be missed. Above the main dining area, you can also stock up on supplements shall you need to keep up with your health.
Where is it: 779 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269758
Must try: Zucchini lasagna; barramundi brown rice with pesto
Kitchen by Food Rebel
What is it: Deep inside the heart of the CBD, this eco-friendly eatery is not to be missed. As a diet-friendly spot, you can get anything that’s nut, dairy, egg and gluten free. While it’s set in a cosy coffee shop-style setting, you will feel comfortable noshing on their bowls and soups. Although this place does have meat options, it’s also nice to bring your meat-loving friends along if you can push them to up their veg intake, too.
Where is it: 28 Stanley St, Telok Ayer (S) 068737
Must try: Soup of the day
What is it: A little bit more upscale than your average health food restaurant, COMO Cuisine is great for those who want to dine clean in style. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, COMO serves a variety of amazing meals that are not to be missed. Ditto with their delicious drinks, too. While it generally caters to omnivores, there’s also vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free options.
Where is it: 18A Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249677
Must try: Tandoor cauliflower
What is it: As the Les Amis and Tatsuya for vegans and vegetarians, Joie offers skyline views with equally luxe plant-based meals. Owned by Huang Yen Kun, he treats you to a mishmash of French and Japanese cuisines in a set menu. Nary a bit of meat or fish on your plate, a slab of salmon is made with carrots and a plate of steak is made of mushrooms. As much as some of us like to nosh on the real thing, the veg-based substitutes are proof that it’s just as tasty.
Where is it: 181 Orchard Road, #12-01 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Must try: Grilled Mushroom Steak
What is it: If you miss the Well Dressed Salad Bar in Chinatown, it has a new life in Sin Ming Centre. Renamed as Well Smoocht, this health food joint is a collaboration between Smoocht and Well Dressed Salad Bar. While vegan treats are their specialty, it doesn’t limit itself to nut-based cheeses, tofu-based eggs or plant-based milk. If you are lactose intolerant, but you can’t part without your gluten, the vegan croissant is like manna from heaven. Sweeten your day (or night) with their cult rice milk-based ice creams or their famous GF and vegan cheesecakes.
Where is it: 8 Sin Ming Rd, #01-03 Sin Ming Centre, Singapore 575628
Must try: Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ice Cream or match sweet bean cake