Superfood – we've seen the word thrown around and slapped on just about anything over the past few years but what exactly do these foods do? And, more importantly, do they taste good? We pick out four healthy and tasty items that are packed with the stuff to make your New Year’s resolution of eating better an easier task.
This mainstay on Keong Saik Road is one of the pioneers of the #eatclean movement in the CBD and focuses on keeping things raw. The dragon fruit, pomegranate and avocado salad bowl with chunky chopped macadamia nuts and mint dressing ($16) is one of the most superfood-loaded meals on the menu. Dragon fruit and pomegranates are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, both essential for the immune system, while avocados are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids that help lower the risk of heart disease.
Healthy grain bowl concepts are a dime a dozen in Singapore but Superfudo stands out with its expansive space that’s bathed in natural light and greenery. Finding a seat is never an issue even during lunch – there are even standing tables for those who don’t have time to rest their bum – so it’s perfect for those looking for a fuss-free and healthy meal. For $15, pick your choice of base, protein, two vegetables and two toppings. Superfood options include baby spinach and Tuscan kale, which are low in calories and high in fibre, keeping you full for longer.
Ah, acai bowls. Like grain bowl stores, shops peddling this superdish have sprouted up all over the island in recent years. We’ve tried most of them but our favourite is still Haakon Superfood thanks to the smooth (read: not icy) consistency of the acai purée that contains antioxidants, fibre and good fats. Haakon’s classic acai bowl (from $7.90) is also topped with coconut flakes, banana slices, strawberries and blueberries for a quick and guilt-free energy boost.
The Japanese secret to flawless skin and better digestion? A fermented rice drink called amazake. The alcohol-free beverage is packed with probiotics but unlike similar products, it’s free from any added sugar and can even be consumed warm. Amamoto Café has a host of amazake-based drinks including matcha amazake ($5) and a selection of cold-pressed fruit and vegetable sips ranging from kiwi and mustard spinach ($6.80) to orange, carrot and ginger ($6.80).
Perhaps the most OG of superfoods, salmon is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins and protein, which help keep the heart ticking and noggin turning. Norwegian seafood restaurant and marketplace, Fisk, combines smoked salmon ($10.50) with another protein powerhouse – eggs.