We’ve come far and long from the days where healthy eating means Caesar salads and grilled chicken. It’s 2017 and the demand for both healthy and hearty meals are on the rise. Some reach out for them to achieve their yearly fitness goals but others just want to get onboard the healthy-eating trend — not forgetting that some of these meals are pretty colourful, making for a good Instagram post.

Entrepreneurs and chefs are always on the constant lookout for innovative ways to improve healthy dining. And with the amount of healthy food substitutes shared across the internet, eating healthy gets easier. It’s certainly not hard to achieve at home: Just swapping your regular white rice to quinoa or replace pasta with zoodles (zucchini strips) are great alternatives.

Yet not many seem to know what exactly is healthy food. Generally, it is to eat nutritious and well-balanced meals that gives you energy, maintains your health and to let you look and feel good. You can do so by eating the right amount of proteins, carbohydrates, fiber and calcium. Be smart and conscious of your food choices and don’t fall for the ‘fast food gimmick’ that’s easy and fast to get.

These healthy restaurants in Bangsar think beyond the salad bowl. With all the latest healthy eateries serving up tasteful, wholesome and hearty menus, the biggest misconception that healthy food is boring and bland still lingers among the crowd — which is not true. Check out these five healthy restaurants in Bangsar will change your mind about healthy food.

1
Fittie Sense

The concept of serving fit food that is both healthy and scrumptious comes from three friends that were already in the food industry. That means, wholesome fare that doesn’t skimp on taste. No more joy-less clean meals, as office workers and gym-goers from studios nearby get to enjoy naturally flavoured and hearty meals right here in their serene skylit place.

Fittie Sense23A Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur, +603-2858 4023

 

2
Ashley's by Living Food

You won’t find the usual stir-fried Chinese style vegetarian dishes here. Ashley’s promises a five star experience with meals that are both healthy and delicious — which means no colouring, no flavouring, no MSG, and no preservatives. Among all the spaghetti and lamb leg, our eyes are on this guilt-free cocoa nut cream tart.

Ashley’s By Living Food 11, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, +6017-325 3663

3
The Good Co.

You have probably seen pictures of their famous smoothie bowls making an appearance at almost all of your friends’ Instagram feeds. The Good Co. only serves plant-based products and ingredients hailing from organic sources as much as they can. The establishment also serves up daily pre-packed meals for those who are always on the go. No more excuses that you can’t eat healthy because you’re out anymore.

The Good Co. 184, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2202 6536

4
Makirito

Makirito picked up the poke bowl hype by serving them in giant burrito sizes; which they now call a poke burrito. Each roll is served with heaps of the freshest salmon, seasoned rice, roe, greens and Japanese seaweed. For those who prefer a more meatier meals, teriyaki chicken, shrimp, chicken, beef, and tofu are also available.

Makirito APW Bangsar, 29, Jalan Riong, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, +6017-604 9388

5
The Ganga Cafe

Vegetarian Gujarati cuisine served at The Ganga Cafe is cooked with heart and where no MSG and artificial food colouring is added. We suggest going for their Sunday brunch buffet that starts at 10am until 3pm for only RM16. It’s a great chance to taste each of their dhal and curries, vegetarian dishes, fried pakodas, flat breads and rice.

The Ganga Cafe 19 Lorong Kurau, Taman Bukit Pantai, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, +603-2284 2119

 

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Jolin Lee
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Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.