It is no secret that food is one of the biggest things Malaysia is known for. With our 24-hour mamak stalls, fast food drive-thrus and hawker stalls, food is available in every corner and around the clock, but the same can’t be said for healthy food. Once ruled by carb and fat-loaded (though delicious when eaten in moderation) Nasi Lemaks and Roti Canais, it’s amazing how Malaysia is slowly venturing out into healthy lifestyle eateries. Here are 6 that you should definitely try:
An organic eatery suitable for all health enthusiasts to dine in. Nowadays, many who are experiencing illness are worried about what they consume, leaving them with only a few options of food to choose from. Medifoods believes in healing in a holistic manner by serving tasty and healthy foods inspired by the West and the East. With a qualified in-house nutritionist, you can find soups, salads, noodles, rice, pastas, mains, snacks and more, all cooked with unprocessed, natural organic products that taste just as sinful but without a helping of guilt! Their website also has a calorie counter - key in your details, and it returns your recommended daily calorie intake, as well as suggestions from their menu that match your results! Aside from food, they sell organic products as well as provide catering services.
This is the salad bar for you gym bunnies who love eating clean but can’t fit in kitchen time. Their ingredients are prepared and cooked with proper care to ensure all your healthy living efforts aren’t going to waste by deceivingly “healthy” food. Take their tuna for example. Most tunas are drenched in a sea of mayo while Chai Bar’s tuna is prepared cleanly with lemon juice and curry powder. As for their chicken breast, you can either have it poached or grilled! (Not fried, please!) Not to forget, their salad dressings are low in calories and definitely high in flavor!
3. Goodness Greens Cafe by La Juiceria (TTDI)
This welcoming place serves a good range of healthy nutrient-dense foods on their menu, from salads to buddha bowls, pastas, smoothie bowls, vegan soups and their famous juices and smoothies. There’s also an option where you can make your own salad! To get your dose of good carbs in, try their Buddha Bowl, which consists of brown rice, roasted pumpkin, bell peppers, tofu, lotus root chips, french beans and oyster mushrooms topped with bean sprouts and dressed with a Thai coconut curry sauce. Yum!
If you are a vegan, this is the perfect place for you! Raisin' The Roof offers a wide variety of plant-based foods on their menu, from wholesome smoothie bowls, juices, smoothies, sandwiches, salads and wraps to desserts! Most people are worried about not getting enough protein in their vegan diet but hey, no worries! Their Miso Maple Tempeh wrap and Pistachio Falafel wrap pack a punch of protein that will leave you satisfied and wanting more! Not to forget their “moo-less” nut milk which are raw, cold-pressed & dairy-free!
Have a favourite healthy go-to that is not on the list? Let me know in the comments below!