For years, we’ve all been looking for ways to stay healthy while enjoying our favourite foods, and trying to minimize the amount of sugar we consume in the process. Not just because it’s bad for you, but because sugar has proven to be addictive… meaning the more we eat, the more we crave! And as we celebrate World Diabetes Day today, we feel that there are lots of alternative healthy eating options available! Especially in Dubai.
If you’re thinking about minimizing or eliminating sugar from your diet, wanting to broaden your healthy eating options, or you’ve got a sweet tooth and are looking for something guilt-free to wrap your lips around, we’ve found some of the cafés and restaurants in Dubai that offer you healthier options.
Read on to find out more about where you can indulge in some great culinary creations – from wholesome meals to delicious desserts to satisfy your craving.
Icons Coffee Couture, Souk Al Bahar & World Trade Centre
Icons Coffee Couture is a coffee chain in Dubai focused on health. The concept is about joyful sweets, treats and coffee that are sugar-free. Its creator, Elena Weber, wanted to create a space that allowed people to enjoy sugar-free baked goods and beverages, which are all sweetened naturally with zero calorie sweetener. And not just for those with a sweet tooth. The Booster Crunch Salad with pumpkin cubes is delicious and can be ordered for the next day! Call 050 198 1091 for more menu information.
The Farm at Al Bahari, Dubailand
Surrounded by naturally landscaped lakes, waterways and botanical gardens, The Farm serves wholesome food in a relaxed and tranquil setting. This award-winning, calm and peaceful oasis in the desert, has been recognized for its organic food and sustainability, without conceding on taste. The menu is diverse, tasty and healthy at the same time. They have an on-site bakery and a variety of dishes created to suit all dietary requirements. Call 04 392 5660 to book.
The Cycle Bistro - Motor City
A hidden gem at The Dubai Autodrome catering for the healthy cyclists and word has started to spread. No wheat, no sugar, just the best creative food! Literally every dish is good! They are absolute followers of the paleo regime which consists mainly of fish, natural grass fed meats, free-range poultry, eggs, natural fats, vegetables, berries and nuts! And it excludes items like legumes (beans), pulses, dairy products, soy, grains and refined sugars. By using the best quality natural and alternative ingredients, they are able to create truly healthy dishes from our Paleo-inspired menu endorsed by nutritionists and fitness experts! They deliver locally but you can book and see for yourself 04 425 3000.
Baker & Spice, Various Locations
With branches dotted around Dubai, including two in Downtown Dubai and one in Dubai Marina, Baker & Spice has long been a favourite amongst Dubai foodies looking for a healthy lunch. Everything from the salad buffet to the organic baked goods, makes Baker & Spice the perfect choice for either a seated lunch or a take-away. If you’d like to make a reservation at their Dubai Marina branch, call 04 362 4686.
Gourmet by Kcal, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi
CitiSpi is a huge fan of Gourmet by Kcal (after all, we enjoy breakfast there almost weekly with our Bumps & Beyond group), and we love how they source most of their products from local, organic farms. On their menu, you will find delicious vegetarian creations such as the mezzeh and paleo platter alongside gluten free and paleo deserts. Not only will you enjoy great green cuisine here, but the chefs also put a great deal of thought into what goes into each and every dish, ensuring that everything’s super healthy. To book, call 04 511 7139.
@Blend, The Palm Jumeirah
A relatively new spot on the Palm that is well worth a visit. Not only do they whip up fresh power smoothies and detoxifying juices, but they also have a great selection of salads, wraps and breakfast options that are suitable for the health conscious. We especially dig that you can “build-your-own” salad from a long list of delicious toppings. They’re all about being healthy, yummy and affordable, while using all-natural ingredients. It’s perfect for a weekend breakfast date, or a mid-week luncheon with friends. For bookings call 04 514 8966.
Eat Greek, JBR
Now that the weather is starting to cool down, we are spending as much time as possible down by The Beach at JBR, where one of our absolute fave spots to grab a seat and enjoy some people-watching is Eat Greek. The open kitchen prepares the freshest selections of the Mediterranean specialties and authentic Greek food. In addition to their delicious breakfast options, there's fresh grilled fish and meats to tantalise the taste buds with a healthy twist! To find out what Eat Greek serve or bookings call 04 430 5249.
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The CitiSpi Team
Please remember that all of this has been chosen by us! It is simply our opinion!