It’s the second month of the year, and it’s time to test whether our New Year’s resolutions have held up.
Did you resolve to eat healthier this year but found it difficult to do so when dining out?
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) combined a list of restaurants to help you keep your clean eating habits even when you’re out and about.
The Wholesome Table
This restaurant proves that healthy-eating doesn’t mean depriving yourself and limiting your taste buds to bland food.
Their menu includes comfort food like burgers, pizza, and pasta.
The difference is, their meals are made from fresh and organic ingredients, free-range poultry and eggs, and grass-fed cows without artificial hormones and antibiotics.
Try their chicken pesto pasta (PHP420, solo), the bestselling miso glazed salmon (PHP670), and wood-fire oven pizzas (start at PHP250).
They also have power bowls or meal-in-a-bowl (starts at PHP250) great for quick lunches, and a wide selection for vegan diners.
The Wholesome Table has branches in Bonifacio Global City, Salcedo Village, and Power Plant Mall in Makati City.
Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar
Located at 57 Mother Ignacia St. in Quezon City, Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar is a refreshing counterpoint to all the restos and bars scattered in the South Triangle area.
Their healthy food with a twist and superfood smoothies can jumpstart your day after an all-nighter from working or partying.
The strawberry beet smoothie (PHP185) has beets, mangoes, goji berries, coco milk, strawberries, bananas, and topped with coco ice cream.
The tofu teriyaki with cauli rice (PHP235) is served with purple and green cabbage side salad.
Meanwhile, the all-day breakfast burrito (PHP265) is stuffed with Italian sausage, organic bacon, brown rice, scrambled egg, black beans, avocado, salsa, garlic sauce, and potato hash. You can go meatless and replace the sausage and bacon with tofu.
Vegetarian and vegan restaurants have stepped up and taken on the challenge of creating dishes that go beyond green, leafy vegetables that taste bland and boring.
Enter Green Bar and marvel at their colorful donuts (PHP50), Philly cheesesteak (PHP300), and food bowls (start at PHP270) that are all vegan.
Breakfast lovers can also indulge their sweet tooth in the ricotta pancakes (PHP300) served with lemon and a hint of coconut, and topped with a blueberry compote. For lunch, go for the vegan burger, Wild Thing (PHP300).
Green Bar is located at 252 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City.
Lucy in the Sky Cafe
Fans of the British band The Beatles will immediately recognize the cafe’s name, as it’s the title of the song from the Fab Four’s album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The restaurant’s colorful interiors also hark back to the album cover’s aesthetics.
Meanwhile, the menu of this cafe in San Juan is a health buff’s dream.
All their dishes are vegetarian, with vegan and even gluten-free options.
Try their bestsellers barbecue with rice (PHP185), sisig (PHP195), and fresh mango-tarragon juice (PHP120).
This restaurant doesn't just churn out good food, but also aims to sustain the livelihood of marginalized communities.
Almost every item on their menu is made from scratch, and the meals showcase organic and natural produce from Got Heart Farms in Tarlac.
One of their bestsellers is the fish and mango appetizer with cilantro and chili plum sauce (PHP180).
Try their fresh homemade pasta like the mushroom ravioli (PHP370) that comes with local fares like kesong puti and pili nuts, or opt for the chicken kebab (PHP335) served with your choice of Ifugao rice pilaf or flour tortillas with mixed greens.
Earth Kitchen has branches in Bonifacio Global City and along Katipunan Avenue, White Plains, Quezon City.