Indulgence is great, but a bit of caution never hurts. Eating healthy no longer means bland and insipid food. There are some great places in Mumbai, where you can eat delicious, but healthy food without having to compromise on flavours. From gluten or dairy-free to vegan and low carb, there are options galore to cater to every palate. Places that focus on good and nutritious food. So, get your dose of healthy fare. My top 5 picks:
Seeds Of Life, Bandra West, Western Suburbs
From all-day breakfast to salads, wraps, sandwiches and healthy smoothie bowls, you can enjoy the all at this café. Lean, fresh flavourful food which helps to keep your calories in check, is what is served n the cosy café, with a warm vibe. The Acai Bowl, Mat to Bean Burger and Chocolate Tart are outstanding.
Santè Spa Cuisine, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Western Suburbs
Fresh, organic and healthy food is what you can expect here. Farm Pizza, Spinach Hummus, Whole Wheat Spaghetti, Smoothie Bowl, Avocado Salad, are just some of the many offerings you cab relish, guilt-free. Chef Specials include, Ragi-base Pizza with a burst of colours picked from a variety of vegetables as toppings and the Multigrain Khakra Chips served with Beetroot and Spinach Hummus.
Kale & Kaffé, Andheri Lokhandwala, Western Suburbs
There can’t be a better place to savour healthy food at this, cute and cosy café. Well-balanced flavours and textures, present themselves in each dish here. The Feta Salad here is crunchy and bursting with flavours. The Peri-Peri Chicken Bowl, is hearty and palate-pleasing, as is the Wasabi Paneer Burger. Their desserts like Keto Flawless Cake, are gluten-free and keto, so one can give in to one’s guilty pleasures.
Farmer's Cafe , Pali Hill, Bandra West, Western Suburbs
A haven for those counting calories, as well as those seeking gluten-free and vegan options, the menu is sufficiently varied and enticing. Soups, salads, pizza, burgers, meals, desserts, are what you can look forward to. It is not a vegetarian café and carnivores can rejoice. The Beetroot Hummus, Country style Spaghetti, Farmer’s Chicken Panini, English Breakfast Pizza with Eggs, are dishes which stand out, owing to their healthy substitutes and clean flavours.
This spacious and cheerful bistro offers gluten-free food. Farm fresh ingredients are used and the menu is seasonal and keeps changing. The Buddha Bowl is a bowl full of goodness and deeply satisfying. The avocado toast teases your taste buds and yet is not overindulgent. Don’t miss the super Green Smoothie here. Among small plates, the Raw Rolls, stand out.
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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.