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Global Wellness Day on June 8th is celebrated to raise awareness about wellness in our daily lives, and, enable us to make small changes and live in a healthy manner. Apart from yoga sessions, meditation, spa treatments for holistic healing, one can safely indulge in healthy food, which accentuates wellness. There are options galore in Mumbai which enable you to relish your food with no compromise on taste or flavours. From smoothies to salads and sandwiches to desserts, you can have them all with clever and healthy substitutes. My top 5 picks :
Citrus Salad with Berry Balsamic Dressing at Grand Hyatt Mumbai, Santacruz
A salad is refreshing and appeals to the palate in any season and more so now. This tangy and tart salad, which oozes flavours, is the goodness of fruits and veggies in a bowl. The fruity dressing, further gives it zest and one can enjoy a guilt-free healthy meal to enhance wellness.
Buckwheat Pancakes at Kitchen Garden by Suzette Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Western Suburbs
Pancakes are almost synonymous with breakfast and while the usual ones are loaded with cream, jam and nutella and all things sinful, as toppings, one can settle for healthy fruity ones too. What is more even the flour used to make the pancakes can be replaced by a healthier one. The Buckwheat Pancakes here topped with a mango coulis, are delicious and yet, gives one the satisfaction of having eaten something healthy.
Pumpkin Feta Risotto at Farmer's Cafe Pali Hill, Bandra West, Western Suburbs
Who can resist a creamy Risotto? A perfect dish here, for those keen on wellness too. Try the one made with Brown Rice and generous amounts of pumpkin and feta cheese. The bite and the creamy texture is intact and yet, the use of healthy ingredients makes it lighter.
The Keto Salad at Ministry of Salads, Breach Candy
This medley of flavours and colours, in a bowl, is deeply satisfying and healthy. Baby spinach, mixed salad leaves, zucchini, mushrooms and more make their way into this crunchy salad with walnuts for added texture. The light hung yogurt dressing adds the right amount of zest and makes this a palate-pleasing meal.
Horlicks Meal Smoothie at Drunken Monkey, Andheri West
Ever had a meal smoothie? Yes, Drunken Monkey serves these too, among the vast array of 200 smoothies on their menu. While each smoothie is fresh, sans any preservatives and additives, this one is a notch higher as it contains, Horlicks, cornflakes, apple, cashews and almonds and is a complete meal in itself.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.