It is not so much about counting calories as it is about enjoying healthy food as a lifestyle preference. We pick seven of the best healthy restaurants in Hyderabad that are providing healthy eating options that are far from boring.
Tucked away at a little corner on Nagarjuna Circle, Frootality is worth all the trouble parking your car uphill. Settle in and the subtle aromas of fresh fruits waft all around you in cosy joint. Frootality offers a variety of fresh beverages, including blends and smoothies, though it is their lassis that are the most popular. Try out their very healthy quinoa upma, or opt for a combo where it comes with a side of fresh watermelon or orange juice. For something more sumptuous, there are kebabs and paneer tikka with steamed brown rice. For a light yet full meal, there’s always the salad list to pick from, with the Egg Avocado Toss Up being a must have.
Where: Lumbini Amrutha Chambers, Road No 3, Banjara Hills
Price: Rs 600 for two, taxes extra
Cut off from heavy traffic sounds and the bustle of the main road, it’s rather easy to lose track of time at Autumn Leaf, a home-turned-café in upmarket Jubilee Hills. The garden, and the fact that you can bring your pets as well, only adds to the charm of this place. Apt for quality time with friends, make sure you order the Shakshuka, an Egyptian breakfast of eggs, and their Pear Salad with Candied Walnuts and Blue Cheese Dressing. We also love the Goat Cheese Phyllo Parcel. If you are headed there for an afternoon spent with a book, there’s nothing better than the hot chocolate to play second fiddle.
Where: Plot No 823, Rd Number 41, CBI Colony, Jubilee Hills
Price: Rs 1,000 for two, taxes extra
Hyderabadis cannot help but take their biryani seriously. So, here is a café that serves up a healthy version of the biryani, cooked with no rice whatsoever. That’s right, the biryani at the iHow Café at O2 Spa’s villa property is made with shredded cauliflower (great for bone health) with all the flavourings of a conventional biryani. The water body and décor from Bali at this outdoor café create a lovely setting to enjoy a quick meal after a massage. Their Miso Broth with seasonal vegetables stimulates digestion, and the Kale Chips starter with protein-rich hummus (made more interesting with a dash of methi and coriander) is great for immunity. The menu features not just dishes, but also ingredients and health benefits.
Where: Road No 36, Jubilee Hills
Price: Rs 900 for two, taxes extra
A quiet outdoor eatery, Sante Spa Cuisine has a calming effect on the senses, given its white-themed décor. On offer is a large variety of healthy food – pizzas, fresh salads, and no-fuss fare like multi-grain khichadi – to pick from, including surprises like the charcoal-activated bread basket. The soups, especially the Tibetan Thukpa, are wholesome and a meal on their own. The humble multi-grain khakra too gets an inspiring spin with the sautéed vegetables and dressing and cheese that it is served with.
Where: 1249A, Road Number 92, MLA Colony, Banjara Hills
Price: Rs 1,500 for two, taxes extra
Love your food absolutely healthy and fully organic? Alive Café is the eatery to go to for what they call clean eating. Most of what is served here is minimally processed and locally sourced. Their smoothie bowls and Buddha bowls are good choices for filling yet light meals. For instance, dig into the Fermented Fusion Bowl, that blends foxtail millet, radish, lettuce, and cashew cheese. The protein shakes for gym goers is another interesting inclusion on the menu. What’s more, everything can be made vegan on request.
Where: 566, Above Starbucks, Road Number 92, Jubilee Hills
Price: Rs 800 for two, taxes extra
Pulp Pressery is where health and detox are mantras taken seriously. Their light, fresh, cold-pressed juices not only energize but also cleanse the system of toxins. You can also snack on healthy eats like Makhana Pops or Cajun Grilled tofu.
Where: A-72, Rd Number 12, Film Nagar
Price: Rs 900 for two, taxes extra
They have made healthy eating something of an indulgence at Drunken Monkey, where guests are treatment to an overwhelming choice of smoothie meals, shakes, and juices. With everything made from fresh ingredients and no preservatives (not even ice is mixed), you know you are having only the fruit or vegetable when you order the veggie smoothies. Sexy spinach from the menu, anyone? Besides protein shakes, they also have a small selection of hydrating drinks designed to combat a hangover.
Where: Opposite HDFC Bank, Madhapur
Price: Rs 400 for two, taxes extra
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