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April 11, 2014

OH SO WHOLESOME

Hey You! You with the chocolate muffin in your hand! Drop it! What happened to all those healthy resolutions you made? Too tired to cook and weary of scouring the shelves in search of organic veggies? Well lucky for you it’s easier than ever to get into the habit of healthy eating with the latest generation of scrummy eateries cropping up around town. Gone are the days of pining for the cute organic cafes of LA or Sydney. We have plenty of our own to choose from now! With superstar chefs prioritising nutrition and flavour, we can finally kiss dire diets goodbye! Here are a couple of our favourites:

Prune Organic Deli
What you can feel smug about: Veggie fare comprising wholesome, organic ingredients, sourced from local farms where possible. Gluten-free options galore and artisanal products also for grabs.
Guilt-free, yet oh-so-good: Four words. Coconut brown rice pudding. We can’t think of a better way to start the day, who knew healthy could taste this good? The GP acai berry bowl with coconut, fresh fruit and buckwheat lemon-poppy seed granola is a perfect refresher for a sweltering summer morning while hearty veggie curries keep you warm and toasty on chilly spring nights. (4 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2873 335)

Choice Cooperative 
What you can feel smug about: Gluten-free baking at its best, plenty of plant-based dishes, all approved by their own nutritional therapist. Loads of options for those with special dietary requirements, which means no eye rolling when you rattle off ingredient substitutions.
Guilt-free, yet oh-so-good: Delectable gluten-free sandwiches – go for the smoked salmon and goat’s cheese. And treats you can actually feel good about scoffing, like the luscious orange and vanilla cake. We can’t wait to get back to try their new apple spice chocolate doughnuts with Himalayan salt. (7/F, BT Centre, 23 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, +852 2677 7808)

Locofama
What you can feel smug about: 
Fresh pressed juices and hearty salads designed by chef and nutritionist Justin Chan. The focus here is organic where possible, local fruit and veg, fresh herbs and spices, whole grains and responsibly raised meat.
Guilt-free, yet oh-so-good:
For those that aren’t quite ready to take the meat-free leap, Locafama is famous for their 48-hour short ribs, cooked sous vide with kimchi, salsa and homemade chilli. Veggie options aplenty and the oolong tea soba noodles with oyster mushrooms are a delicious carb fix you can feel good about eating! (11 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2547 7668)

Lokali 
What you can feel smug about:
 If the Just Green organic convenience store is one of your regular haunts, you’ll love their cute Lokali café, which features organic drinks, gluten-free cakes, hormone-free meat and sustainable fish.
Guilt-free, yet oh-so-good: After browsing the Star Street boutiques, refuel for more retail therapy with the perfectly pink pomegranate and quinoa salad or the delectable quesadillas. Afternoon pick-me-ups include the beetberry smoothie, a gorgeous blend of mixed berries, yoghurt, honey and mint, which goes down a treat with the delightful crunch of the organic millet square with almond, apricot and sesame. (82a Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai +852 2338 6032)

Goodness on the Go 
Dining al desko? Fear not, healthy options are just a click of a mouse away. Whether you’re craving a crisp, colourful salad to brighten up a Monday or something sweet sans the sinfulness, these two online delivery services prove that takeaways can be just as wholesome as home cooking.

Something Fresh
Chained to your desk thanks to that mammoth presentation tomorrow? There’s nothing worse than working to deadline famished and Something Fresh comes to the rescue with its healthy “cooked lunch” delivery service. Everything on the menu is free from animal products, artificial additives or preservatives and offerings change fortnightly. Don’t be surprised if you catch your colleagues staring longingly at your curried quinoa with roasted cauliflower and peas, sheepishly looking up from their greasy big macs. (www.somethingfresh.com.hk)

Sweetpea Patisserie
A health-conscious bakery – too good to be true? We’re so pleased it’s not. Known for their moreish cupcakes and lemon tarts, all made from fresh, organic, sustainable and natural ingredients. Unlike the average cupcakes, bogged down with heavy buttercream frosting, these little beauties are feather light and butter free. Thanks to extra virgin olive oil, the healthy chiffon base is topped off with an ever so light blanket of freshly whipped Chantilly cream! Order a batch for a gathering at your place and come off looking like Martha Stewart – no one needs to know you snuck out for a mani-pedi – that can be our little secret. (www.sweetpeapatisserie.com)

Happy healthy weekend!



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