Ever wondered why all of those gym sessions haven’t been showing results? It’s probably time to check your diet. If you’re someone who’s blessed with extra free time — meal prepping shouldn’t even be a problem (some may even find it therapeutic!) For the rest of us, unhealthy food stalls (but if you’re at a pasar malam, you can still scout for healthy local fares) are tempting but if you’re not able to list down each ingredient in the dish without feeling guilty, it’s probably time for a change. Eating guilt-free is a lifestyle and with these 6 healthy restaurants, you won’t be able to turn back:


    1. For Salads: The Good Co

    The salad pots here are known to be quick and easy. Fresh ingredients are layered with a mixture of nutrients to balance. Designed to be on-the-go, just pop open the lid, pour the sauce and shake! For an extra punch of flavour, order the Scallop Dee Kap for the homemade passion fruit thai dressing. Try the smoothie bowl if you’re swinging by for breakfast post-workout, trust me on this – there’s nothing quite like it.

    Location: Lot. 184, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur


    2. For Sashimi: Lushbowl

    At Lushbowl, customise between a salad base, Japanese sushi rice, cauliflower rice or a mix of both grains. Then choose your salmon sashimi slices, you can have them coated in shoyu with ginger and spring onion, truffled ponzu sauce or togarashi mayo with a slight kick of sriracha. For an extra RM5, you can choose between crispy baked salmon skin, avocado puree, chuka kurage (seasoned jellyfish) or a six-minute egg with a smooshy yolk. The star of the show has to be the gently seared salmon drizzled in soy sauce with ginger and cili padi. Pair it with one of their daily cold-pressed juices on stand or a smoothie bowl covered in their homemade granola!

    Location: Plaza Damas, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Kuala Lumpur


    3. For Burgers: Hale

    Hale proves that fast food can be healthy! The self-service restaurant is popular among those who are hungry for wholesome goodness without MSG. A guilt-free favourite is their burger! The juicy tender patty is baked instead of deep-fried, sandwiched between a fluffy set of buns made from organic flour and butter. Choose the meat between Australian Grass-Fed Beef, Grilled Chicken or Lamb. Sides include baked waffle fries or salad. Customised bowls are available too, we suggest opting for the grilled steak!

    Location: Menara Hap Seng, Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur.


    4. For Chia Seed Pudding: Rawsome

    Eat it for breakfast, dessert, snack or even as a meal replacement. Chia seed pudding is the thing! Folks of Rawsome make theirs in variety of combinations; Yoghurt Chia Puddings, Kombucha Chia Puddings, Jelly Yoghurt Chia Puddings, Milk Chia Puddings and Soy Chia Puddings. By using only the best chia seeds in the market, they’re mixed with fresh fruits with no preservatives which is why they should be eaten immediately after purchase. If you’re worried about it being too sweet, each bottle is accompanied with organic coconut sugar so phew! If you’re swinging by rawsome for a meal, don’t miss out on the Vegetarian Nasi Lemak. It’s worth every bite!

    Location: T6, Light Grey, Jalan LGSB 1/3, Sungai Buloh, Selangor


    5. For Rice Bowls: Goodness Greens

    Born from the well known La Juiceria where cold press juices was brought to life, Goodness Greens cafe serves delicious healthy meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Signature dishes include their awesome salad combos, superbowls and home-made pastas. Our favourite is the Buddha Bowl which is packed with roasted pumpkin, tortilla chips, bell peppers, tofu, grilled mushrooms, french beans, alfafa sprouts, caramelised cashew brittles, pumpkin seeds over brown rice. Lemon wedge is served on the side with warm thai coconut red curry for a fulfilling meatless lunch!

    Locations: No 32, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur


    6. For Pizza: Epic Fit Meals

    Pizza for lunch, anyone?

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    Eat in or opt for delivery service, Epic Fit Meals promises to focus on the process instead of serving processed food. No shortcuts, no MSG and no reused oil. While still being tasty and affordable, their “flying” pizza is something to not be missed. 10″ Thin crusted pizza handcrafted with premium fresh ingredients, real cheese and their secret menu made from scratch daily. An exciting and unique choice would be the 3A: Apple, Ayam & Api. A complex pizza combining spiced minced chicken, caramelised apple, tomato, onions, red chillies and real mozzarella cheese.

    Locations: Metropolitan Square, PJU 8/1, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor


    Note: This article originally appeared in www.cleo.com.my  

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