Known for their scrumptious staples including rice and pork, Manila is no stranger to delectable foods and cuisine. However, if you’re a resident who’s consumed by the busy pace of modern life in this city, then forking out time and effort to find eateries that offer healthy options can be a struggle. To help alleviate any stress of deciding where to dine at for your next nutritious lunchtime meal, here is a list of 10 healthy eats that you can access easily in Manila!
1. The Wholesome Table
2/F, 30th cor. 7th Ave., Bonifacio High Street, Taguig
Owner Bianca Araneta-Elizalde prides herself in serving her signature home recipes alongside pure organic comfort food. All ingredients are sourced locally when possible and there are plenty of healthy (and flavourful) options to choose from.
2. The Vegetarian Kitchen
62-B Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City
By treating its plant-based dishes with the same amount of care as meat dishes, The Vegetarian Kitchen has managed to give its menu a savoury reputation that even meat-lovers cannot deny!
3. Earth Kitchen
White Plains, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City/ Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue, BGC Taguig
Whatever you choose to order from Earth Kitchen, you can bet every last dollar you own that it’s made from scratch! This level of dedication allows them to ensure that whatever they serve is indeed as nutritious as they claim it to be. As an added bonus, they also support local farmers by sourcing their ingredients from them every chance they get!
4. Adaäm & Yves Organic Bistro
G/F Icon Plaza, 25th St cor 6th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Who doesn’t love the idea of an all-day brunch? It’s even better if everything’s organic! Featuring a selection of both local and international favourites, Adaäm & Yves make it a point to only use fresh produce that is sustainably-sourced.
5. Hillside Café & Juice Bar
57 Mother Ignacia Ave, Quezon City
Nestled in the middle of a botanical depot, it’s no surprise that Hillside’s food reflects its organic surroundings. The founders themselves are vegetarian, and they bring their appreciation of healthy food to the fore by presenting their food as close to its original state as possible.
6. Detoxify Bar
It’s not every day that you see the words “detox” and “bar” in the same sentence, but this food bar manages to make sense of it all! Aside from providing all-natural and preservative free meals, they also offer 7-day meal plans for a variety of purposes.
7. The Farm Organics
Forbeswood Heights, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Serving only certified organic grass-fed beef straight from their breeding farm in Masbate, The Farm Organics stays true to its farm-to-table concept and has operated as a socially conscious agricultural business since 1976. No surprise – their steaks and burgers have been very well-received.
8. Green Pastures
Everything in Green Pastures’ menu is guided by one sole principle – sustainability. Food is organic and made from scratch whenever possible, even the cheeses!
G/F Tower 2, The Columns, Ayala Ave, Makati City
No doubt that burritos are indeed delicious, but they can be rather unhealthy at times. Not so with FaBurrito! All dishes are served fresh and free from MSG and sugar so they’re guaranteed to be heavy on the tongue but light on the stomach.
10. Organico Gourmet
916 Luna Mencias St. cor. Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong
Organico Gourmet was the result of Chef Gloria de Vera’s desire to help her daughter overcome her weight problem. A café and food store combined into one, you can nibble on organic food or sip on a cold-pressed juice while you peruse Organico’s stock of imported superfoods.
Changing things up every once in a while is important, especially if you’re a city dweller in this city in the Philippines. With these recommendations, finding food options that are both healthy and tasty should no longer pose a problem – who ever said living and eating healthily has to be plain?