Guilty of cheating on the diet this summer? If you're keen on getting back that beach body, you don't need to diet; just eat healthy! If your excuses for not eating clean include not wanting to cook or not knowing what type of food is nutritious; we're here to help with suggestions on what types of healthy food you can order from your favorite restaurants, right to your doorstep. You're welcome.
Here's the Roo pick of the top 5 healthy choices in Dubai:
1- Eat salads for the fiber:
Vegetables in salads are good sources of insoluble fiber, which keeps your digestive tract healthy. Eating more fiber can help you feel fuller, eat less, and ultimately lose weight. Switch up your salad by adding dates, meat and a healthy dressing to give it more flavor!
We suggest: Canton Crunch Salad | Barsalata
Oven roasted chicken, shredded cabbage, carrots, dates, toasted peanuts and fresh coriander. Tip: Try it with the carrot and ginger dressing and you won't be disappointed.
[Delivers around Downtown Dubai]
2- Substitute bread with healthy, low-carb alternatives:
Skip the carbs with a lettuce wrap instead of a sandwich. Lighter and crunchier without the bread; yum.
We suggest: Chicken Lettuce Tacos | Under 500
Grilled organic chicken mixed with homemade low fat mayo, topped with peppers and fresh red chilli, placed in crunchy iceberg lettuce. Now that's what we call comfort food!
P.S.- Everything on their menu is under 500 calories, so no matter what you order, you don't have to worry about going overboard.
3- Boost your metabolism with superfoods:
With 8 grams of quality protein per cup, quinoa is an excellent plant-based protein source, which can increase metabolism and reduce appetite significantly. Quinoa can easily be incorporated into your diet, since it tastes great with practically everything! Quinoa with Arabic food sounds like a strange combination, but it's actually pretty genius (and obviously delish).
We suggest: Baked Falafel Quinoa Box | Falafel Farm
⦁ Baked falafel made with the finest chickpeas and fresh parsley
⦁ Shepherd Salad (cucumber, tomato and onions)
⦁ Pickled carrots and cucumbers
⦁ Organic quinoa
Feel happily stuffed instead of guilty and bloated!
[Delivers around Business Bay]
4- Include soups in your diet:
Veggie-based soups are low-calorie and packed with nutrition. The best part is, they fill you up, ensuring you don't over eat. Veggie based soups are organic, fresh and tasty - a recipe for excellence!
We Suggest: Green Lentil Soup with Coriander | Baker & Spice
Sick or not, yummy soups can make you feel better. Fact.
5- Detox with vitamin-packed organic smoothies:
Ditch the coffee; nutritious smoothies are the perfect drink to kick-start your day and keep you fit. They also help detoxify your body, supplying it with the vitamins and minerals required for healthier hair and glowing skin. If you're planning an outdoor workout in Dubai's scorching summer, try a smoothie with strawberries, which are rich in Vitamin C and can protect against free radicals from the sun's UV rays.
We Suggest: Beach Bod Fitness Smoothie | @blend
Strawberry, peanut butter, almond milk and banana, for that perfect beach bod.
Other cute-sounding and healthy smoothies on their menu include: YogiBear, Nectar of Joy and Beet Fatigue.
[Delivers around The Palm Jumeirah]
Eating healthy is a breeze when you have so many fun options to choose from. It also helps that you don't actually need to scramble around the kitchen to make your healthy food. We got this.
[Disclaimer: This blog is based on personal opinions, experience and research. We love food, but are no substitute to professional health and dietary professionals.]