After the success of Dubai Fitness Challenge, we thought it was only right to get some of our favourite bloggers involved in writing an article for us about how to stay healthy. Luckily for us, Diana, the founder of the healthy food and lifestyle blog Busy Avocado, has shared her top 5 healthy food spots here in Dubai – we have to agree with her, they’re all pretty amazing! Over to Diana…
Top 5 healthy food spots
Dubai launched the challenge #Dubai30x30 to make people in Dubai more active. It was a wonderful initiative and we fully supported it, but we think that a #DubaiEatHealthy30x30 initiative should have been launched at the same time to provide the ultimate change in individuals’ lifestyles.
Even so, Dubai is becoming healthier, and the proof is in the increasing number of restaurants providing delicious healthy food. So, here are my top 5 healthy food restaurants and cafés on the ENTERTAINER:
Location: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Hotel
Located inside the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Hotel in Dubai Marina, Gourmet by Kcal is a popular restaurant for its pizzas and burgers, which come with a healthy twist. They offer two types of pizza crusts, carrot and pumpkin or parmesan and zucchini, and you can pair them with a range of delicious toppings. The burger comes in a gluten free bun and sweet potatoes on a side, while the mains section offers delicious gourmet dishes like Grilled Chicken Skewers with Roasted Veggies. A must try is the Fudge Brownie with Hazelnut Ice Cream dessert – and the Unicorn Latte to sip on while enjoying the beach view!
Location: Zaabeel 1
This one is a hidden gem, located inside the Dubai Herbal and Treatment Center, near Zabeel. This restaurant screams HEALTHY! Everything on their menu (which their team of chefs change every season) is creative, beautiful and delicious. Eat Well is a gluten free restaurant and they provide Paleo, vegetarian and vegan options. Try the Grass Fed Beef Fillet, the Salmon or Courgetti, or for something lighter, try one of their beautiful seasonal salads or their all-day breakfasts. With your ENTERTAINER, you can enjoy 2 for 1 offers on Breakfast & Main Courses, but don’t leave without trying the Vegan Chocolate Fondant or Sabudana Pudding. On Fridays and Saturdays enjoy a unique offer for the Paleo Roast Night (which is also included on the App until the end of December!) You can choose roasted beef or chicken with 3 sides of vegetables and add a dessert for the ultimate experience.
Location: Motor City
The Cycle Bistro is a place like no other. Located inside The Cycle Hub in Motor City, this place offers Paleo dishes, so no sugar, no dairy and no gluten should be expected there. The menu is varied, and you will want to try everything. Start with a Gazpacho made from roasted peppers, cucumber, watermelon, tomato and shredded celery. For the mains a must-try is a dish called Something Cheeky – braised beef cheek with fig jus and roasted cauliflower. If you feel like going for the old-fashioned burger, you will receive it in a gluten free bun baked from almond and coconut flours. Healthy and tasty – and the Main Courses are all included on the App. The Cycle Bistro also organises cooking shows, where you get to enjoy a three course meal, and watch it being cooked for you.
Location: Various, including Jumeirah Lakes Towers & Dubai Media City
With many branches across Dubai and a rich menu full of options, this is a perfect place for sushi and bento lovers. Nothing fancy – the focus is on the food. Try the Salmon, Nigiri Maki and Chirashi Bentos. Perfect combination of sashimi, sushi, maki, salads and rice. The fish is always fresh and delicious, and the portions are just right. For mains, go for the poke bowls. To stay on the healthy track, avoid the deep-fried options or the dishes with mayo. A must try is the Ginger Cooler and a scoop of Green Tea Ice Cream. Want to save money while you’re there? Opt for a Main Menu Item or a Bento Box, and you can receive the same for free!
Location: Dubai Investment Park & Delivery
For the times when all you want is a healthy salad that will keep you full, or a heartwarming wrap to fuel your day, The Green Fridge is the best option. Salads in jars are handy and trendy. You can have them on the go, or in the office. Choose from many menu options, opt to make your own salad, or use your ENTERTAINER Delivery and get both: a salad and a wrap! If you’re a fan of chicken, avocado and blue cheese sauce, the Guilty Cob Salad is for you. Don’t fear, there are vegetarian and vegan options available as well. Would rather grab something for breakfast? The breakfast jar with granola and chia seeds are dreamy, and yes you’ve guessed it, are on the ENTERTAINER as well!
So there you are, my top 5 healthy food spots – it’s time for you to give them a try!