You are what you eat, and eating healthy has become more important than ever.
Health Hub’s Dietary Guidelines for Singaporeans cites unhealthy eating patterns as a major contributing factor to the rise in chronic diseases like cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes – all of which are the current leading causes of death in Singapore.
Enter ‘superfoods’, a term you might have seen before in a menu or perhaps some online dietary content; but what exactly are ‘superfoods’?
“Superfoods” refers to foods that are packed with multiple nutrients known to reduce the likelihood of developing the aforementioned chronic diseases. While they are not a food group on their own, foods under this umbrella term are usually high in antioxidants, healthy fats, fibre, and micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals.
Some of the superfoods, along with their examples and nutritional benefits, include:
- Fruits such as pomegranate, blueberries, and raspberries – high in antioxidants, vitamins B and C, as well as iron and fibre.
- Dark, leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, cabbage, and broccoli – high in calcium, iron, fibre, and vitamins A, C, and K.
- Nuts and seeds – high in dietary fibre, phytochemicals which function as antioxidants, and vitamins B3, B6, B9, and E.
- Beans and legumes – high in fibre, B-group vitamins, and minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc.
- Fish – high in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins B2 and D, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium.
Despite its exclusive-sounding term, we can find superfoods in many of the dining options available around and cooked in ways that are delicious too. Let these places challenge your notion that healthy eating is bland and unsatisfying.
Pho-filling and satisfying – Yenney
For those days when eating healthy is the last thing on your mind, here’s a place that serves up both healthy and scrumptious comfort food to help you eat with a peace of mind. Adding a contemporary twist to the traditional Vietnamese dishes they serve, Yenney’s menu is sure to nourish your body and soul.
As they use only fresh, locally sourced ingredients, as well as some superfoods in their dishes, fulfilling your dietary requirements and cravings is possible with every visit. Savour the flavours of Vietnam with hearty pho bowls, salads, scrumptious meat and rice pairings, fried spring rolls, and other delectable delights. Indulge in the ideal blend of taste and wellness here.
+65 6980 6640
Superfood galore by the Mediterranean shore – Pita Tree
Growing in popularity for its flavourful dishes and numerous health benefits, the Mediterranean cuisine revolves around whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices for flavour.
Pita Tree offers a variety of Mediterranean classics, even for vegetarians – Kebabs, Falafels, Mezzes, Pita pockets, variations of Mediterranean salads, you name it. How are they healthy? Falafels and Hummus dips mainly comprise chickpeas, which is a member of the legume family. In addition to grilling their meat, which is a healthier method of cooking, Pita Tree also only uses superior-quality lean meat, as well as fresh herbs and spices to minimise fat content while giving it a fragrant flavour.
Pita Tree, #B2-37
Tel: +65 9896 7104
Sushi, Sashimi, and everything nice – Standing Sushi Bar
Sushi and Sashimi (raw fish or seafood) are quick to come to mind when people think of the Japanese cuisine, all for good reasons. They are delicious, easy to eat, and the portion makes them perfect both as a light snack or a full meal. The best part? Sashimi is a superfood that is rich in protein, healthy fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals too!
Standing Sushi Bar takes their Sashimi game seriously, offering various cuts and ways to eat the fish with. Even if Sashimi is not your cup of tea, their menu has something for everyone. Speaking of tea, complement your dose of healthy fatty acids and protein with a steaming cup of green tea that’s also rich in antioxidants!
Standing Sushi Bar, #B2-47
Tel: +65 8754 7796
Poke Bowls for Days – Nani Bowl
Tell us something that screams ‘healthy lifestyle’ more than poke bowls— we’ll wait. Get in tip-top shape with these tasty, fully customisable bowls of nutrition-packed goodness. You’ll not only get to pick from irresistible protein options like spicy salmon, beef and teriyaki chicken, but also hearty base options like rice and pasta, or lighter alternatives like grain or soba.
If making your own bowl isn’t your cup of tea, you can order from the menu or opt for sandos if you just need a quick bite!
Nani Bowl, #B2-33
Tel: +65 6018 0897
Superheroes of a Healthy Diet – Supergreen
Ending off this list with the ultimate wellness holy grail, a salad bowl is a classic and simple way to incorporate multiple superfoods at one go. Customise your own superfood-rich salad bowl at Supergreen. Choose from a range of salad bases, ingredients, and condiments to suit your taste buds and dietary requirements.
All in all, superfoods are more accessible than we realise, and with the variety of food options around us, we challenge you to incorporate them into your diet the next time you dine out! Here’s to healthier eating and healthier living.