‘You are what you eat.’ Bearing this old saying in mind, we’ve rounded up a few of the city’s best nutritious and healthy food selections.
Founded back in 2012, owner and chef Peggy Chan has built a strong following of supporters with her plant-based cuisine – using sustainable, organic and locally-sourced ingredients. Great options from the menu include raw spicy “tuna” hand roll made from sprouted seed ($115) and kelp noodle pancit bihon ($145). Finish up your meal with a serving of mango chia seed pudding ($80) before washing it all down with one of their certified organic grassroots cocktails.
Shop D, G/F, CentreStage, 108 Hollywood Road, Central, 2873 3353, grassrootspantry.com
The MANA! Fast Slow Food location on Wellington Street is great for nourishing and filling salads and smoothies. For something more substantial, choose one of the baked and rolled signature flatbreads seasoned using a mixture of Lebanese herbs. The restaurant also operates under a zero-food-waste and free water mentality. All packaging used is either compostable or biodegradable.
For those who want to dine in, there is limited but adequate seating with the back terrace being particularly lovely on a sunny day. Don’t forget to check out their raw food-only outlet and their cafe.
A number of locations including 92 Wellington St, Central, 2851 1611, mana.hk
While its name is inspired by Southeast Asia-style food courts (known as hawker centres), its offerings are much healthier. HAWKR’s MO is fresh and healthy grab and go street food style dishes with an Asian twist.
For wraps, there are meatball and salmon fish cake options; both are generously stuffed with fresh and pickled vegetables. Heartier options include a healthier twist on Thai green chicken curry and Javanese beef rendang. Those looking for just a snack may want to try one of the yogurt pots, kueh, or fresh baked goods.
36 Hoi Kwong St, Quarry Bay, 9222 8583, email@example.com
In a hurry but want to keep it healthy? Nood Food is a great option with its grab-and-go offering of salads, soups, wraps, sandwiches, cold-pressed juices and superfood smoothies. Most of their stores are located within or close to Pure Fitness or Yoga studios.
32 Hollywood Road, Central, 8199 8189
For a balanced meal at a healthy price, Supafood has you covered. This superhero-themed takeaway spot offers savoury items like salads, wraps, coconut brown rice boxes, and oolong tea soba noodle boxes. Meat and fish options are available, such as halibut with honey Sriracha and a grass fed beef bolognese.
However, the vegetarian options like baked tofu with sweet miso and baked eggplant with balsamic are just as satisfying. Supafood also has you covered when the mid-afternoon munchies hit. For slow burning fuel, try the coconut chia pudding, carrot cake supaball or one of the smoothies.
1 Jervois St, Sheung Wan, 2812 6088, supafood.co
When Hong Kong jumped on the detox bandwagon, two ambitious ladies from down-under grasped the opportunity and opened Genie Juicery in 2011. Having both worked in fashion, certified health coach Melanie Barnish and model Cara McIlroy came together to create Hong Kong’s first retail juicery.
Amidst the cleansing craze, it can be difficult to know where to start. These two think the best way to kickstart your healthy lifestyle is to drink cold pressed juices regularly and integrate healthy habits into daily living. “Our inspiration comes from our upbringing in Australia. The lifestyle there is very health-focused and fresh produce is readily available. We grew up eating well and know how good it makes you feel.”
When asked what they think will be the detox trend in 2018, Melanie and Cara said, “We believe that cold pressed juices as a part of a staple daily diet are an ongoing trend. We hope to see more people be aware of what they are putting into their bodies and looking after themselves.”
2096B, Podium Level 2, ifc Mall, Central. geniejuicery.com
Joe & The Juice
What makes this danish coffee and juice chain stand out from the crowd is its music, hip juicers showing off their juggling skill with fruit and its overall upbeat vibe. Joe & the Juice also have a penchant for mix and matching different flavour combos. For instance, their chili-infused vegan friendly juices has a great kick to it – proving that a healthy diet doesn’t have to compromise on taste. Heads up: their spicy tuna sandwich is one of our absolute favs.
L/4, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay. joejuice.com
There’s no better way to kickstart the year than to flush out all the holiday excess. Concocted by acclaimed Hollywood nutritionist, Lisa Defazio, Catch Juicery provides a wide range of cold pressed juices, organic smoothies and juice shots for health conscious individuals. They also have guilt-free salads and raw foods available, all reseasonably priced.
Shop 303, L/3, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central. 9317 7796, catchjuicery.com
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Just Green’s health-oriented products have all been carefully selected to minimize the environmental impact of both production and distribution. Just Green stock over 10,000 healthy foods, beverages, snacks, supplements, groceries and more.
Shop G115-116, The Repulse Bay Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road. 2677 9908,
Market Place By Jasons
This popular lifestyle supermarket surely needs no introduction. They have a large range of organic products, including rice and grains-based foods, dairy, drinks, fresh produce, meats, condiments, and baby food. Market Place also stock a range of Sainsbury’s products, including their organic range –comforting if you’re missing a taste of home.
Shop 116, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road. 2812 0340, marketplacebyjasons.com
Haggling in a wet market isn’t for everyone, so Farmer’s Market has taken out the hassle in buying meat from traceable and sustainable sources. They guarantee 100 per cent plant-based beef free of antibiotics and hormones, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6 and with less calories. Ordering from their website is easy as pie, and they also do next day delivery for weekday orders placed before noon.
9556 0070, farmersmarket.com.hk
A wide variety of health and green products to champion a healthy lifestyle. Offerings include foodstuff, organic sprouting seeds, green drinks, organic coffee and substitutes, and healthy snacks. Aside from stuff for your weekly shop, they’ve also got gluten free options, supplements, natural body care products, and homeopathic medicinal remedies. Shop online or pop instore.
2/F Prosperous Commercial Building, 54-58 Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay. 2882 4848, online.healthshop.com.hk
South Stream Seafoods
Despite its name, South Stream doesn’t just deal in seafood. They’ve got pretty much everything you need to whip up a healthy home-cooked meal, products like gluten-free spaghetti, organic ribeye steaks to organic mushroom broth. South Stream sources their meat from Australia and New Zealand, and you can get it cut to your liking. New customers can enjoy a 10 per cent discount by entering reference code HKLDEC10 during checkout.
2555 6200, south-stream-seafoods.com
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