Stay on track: 4 places to eat healthier this 2017

Here are four places to fuel up for your fitness goals this year!

This year will be different, we all say at the start of a new year. But for many food-loving Filipinos, it’s not hitting the gym that’s the hard part—it’s changing our diets.

But thinking healthy food means boring food simply won’t cut it in 2017. With more people getting into the active lifestyle, more taste-first options are becoming available, too. Here are four places to fuel up for your fitness goals this year.

 

Pre-workout: Mana Bites

Spinning instructor Chrissie Torres creates homemade protein-heavy goodies for your daily dose of mana (energy). Each Mana Ball targets a different need—the best-selling Oatmeal Cookie Brekkie gives a burst of energy, while the Tahini Bikini helps curbs your appetite in time for that beach trip. Everything on the menu is raw, paleo-friendly and sugar-free.

Mana Bites delivers in Metro Manila. (Bonus points for plastic-less packaging and an option for completely trashless packaging!) Check out their Facebook page for more info.

 

Just how you like them: Salad Stop

 

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At Salad Stop, the salad isn’t a sad replacement for a proper meal. Their huge servings and bold flavors make each one a meal in its own right. Assemble your own salad or salad wrap by choosing from over 30 toppings, or pick one of their 10 signature recipes to tweak. If there’s an ingredient that you’re trying to avoid, you can ask them to swap it for another for free.

Pro tip: Hail Caesar delivers the most protein at 24.4g per serving. All salads are trans fat-free.

Salad Stop has branches in the cities of San Juan, Makati, and Taguig. Check out their Facebook page for more info. 

 

Plant-based meals: Green Bar Café

 

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Green Bar is one of the few places in the metro to offer a full menu that caters to plant-based diners—from Cuban burritos to build-your-own salad bowls to chia fruit cups and coconut cream cupcakes for dessert. 

Their Build-A-Bowl options include ingredients you won’t find in most salad shops in Metro Manila like seitan sausage, BBQ tofu, faux feta and blackened tempeh. Whether you’re vegan or just looking to add more greens to your diet, Green Bar pushes the limits of what you expect from your veggies.

Green Bar Café is located along Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City. Check out their Facebook page for more info.

 

Guilt-free cheat day: Garde Manger 

Sisig on a salad: Is it healthy or not? At any rate, it’s better than your usual cheat day food. Award-winning chefs Miko Aspiras and Kristine Lotilla take a flavor-comes-first approach with dishes like Spicy Korean Octopus Salad, a slaw made with gochujang, orzo, and huge chunks of tentacles; and Sisig Rillette Salad topped with Pampanga sisig.

Wash it all down with their house-made juice blends and you’ll wonder whether it counts as cheat day after all.

Garde Manger is located at Hole in the Wall, 4/F Century City Mall, Makati City. Check out their Instagram for more info.

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