When people talk about healthy eating, they associate it with low-fat diet recipes that take time and effort to prepare. What they do not realise is that it is easy to eat healthy, even when eating out, so long as you make conscious calorie-friendly choices! Recognising Singaporeans’ busy lifestyles, the Health Promotion Board launched its Healthy Dining Programme and partnered with a number of food establishments to serve up healthier, lower calorie meals that complement typical eating patterns. Here are our recommended dishes from participating food providers in the Healthier Dining Programme:
SOUP RESTAURANT | BRAISED GOLDEN MUSHROOM WITH CONPOY BABY CABBAGE | Inspired by the tradition of reunion dinners and dinner meals for Samsui women of the past, Soup Restaurant offers a menu of comforting dishes that hark back to old Chinatown. More than taste, food to the Chinese is about nourishment. So try this braised golden mushrooms braised with soft baby cabbage infused with the flavourful stock of conpoy and wolfberries. Soup Restaurant also uses healthier oil in the preparation of all their food.
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SWENSEN'S | CHICKEN VICTORIA | Satisfying Singaporeans since 1979, the well-known casual dining restaurant Swensen’s has brought in a spread of tasty, lower-calorie dishes to suit the health-conscious diner. If you consider chicken breast as the ultimate diet food, fear not as it is plain and boring no more! Behold, the mighty Chicken Victoria! Featuring tenderly grilled chicken breast meat served with a creamy and flavorful homemade Victoria sauce, U.S. potatoes and vegetable-of-the-day, this healthy and delicious creation is a chockfull of goodness bursting with wonderfully delightful flavors! And to top it off, Swensen’s is offering diners the option to switch starchy carbohydrates for multi-grain bread at no additional cost.
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DIAN XIAO ER | FISH MAW THICK SOUP WITH SEAFOOD | Dian Xiao Er has fast gained popularity with many diners for its rustic ambience and its palate-pleasing signature herbal roast duck. Now there is no need to give up on delectable delights because of your diet. The chef has made it easy for you, switching to rice bran oil and using less oil in his dishes. Both the mains and side dishes are lower in calories like the fish maw thick soup, which is bursting with great flavours and full of fresh, healthy ingredients!
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SMOOTHIE KING | MIX & MATCH MEAL COMBOS | Looking for healthier low-calorie meal options? At Smoothie King, they do the calorie counting for you. Choose from a list of five delicious smoothies and pair them with a yummy wrap or salad for the perfect guilt-free meal. At under 500 Calories and just $9.90 for a Meal Combo, it’s great for both your pocket and your waistline. Our pick? The berry beautiful smoothie and the teriyaki chicken wrap (low-cal chicken breast and heaps of vegetables mixed with a deliciously sweet and tangy teriyaki sauce). What’s more, look out for their wholegrain tortilla options later this year to add even more goodness to your meal. You can also expect wholegrain tortilla options for even more healthy choices.
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SAYBONS | SKINNY CREPES SET MEAL | You might say that since it opened, Saybons has changed the way we eat French soups and crepes. Well, more great changes are coming. Now the café is putting more heart into their meals as they roll out skinny crepes meal — they’re skinny because more veggies are packed in with less cheese! That means less calories! The skinny crepes set meal also includes your choice of soup, two fruit choices and a bottle of water. A great deal for the body and for the pocketbook.
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LOVING HUT | ALMOND CRUMB FILLET | At Loving Hut, the international franchise of vegan food promoting love and health, you can enjoy the almond crumb fillet. The soy-base fillet is breaded with almond crumbs for a nutty aromatic bite. The chunky soy-base fillet is beautifully plated with creamy mashed potates and lightly buttered vegetables. Even non-vegans will not even realise they’re missing the meat! You can also opt for the healthier brown rice to boost the earthy flavours of your meal.
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SUBWAY| BREAKFAST FLATBREAD MEALS | We all love Subway sandwiches, but now there’s more to love! Try the morning flatbread options with ham, eggs, sausage, cheese and other tasty breakfast fillings to choose from so they're filling and wholesome. Subway Fresh Fit subs and three-inch breakfast flatbread have all calories pre-counted and approved for your diet!
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NTUC FOODFARE (KHOO TECK PUAT HOSPITAL)| BROWN RICE SET | NTUC Foodfare has been all about delivering cost-saving meals for generations of working Singaporeans. Now the company has committed itself to preparing healthy meals for the people as well. As many health-conscious people are aware, brown rice is better than white rice. It is higher in fiber, vitamins, minerals and it takes less of it than white rice to feel completely satisfied. That is why, the brown rice sets are a welcome addition to the roster.
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FORMOSA DELIGHTS | WHOLEMEAL NOODLES | Formosa Delights is a familiar staple, renowned throughout the island for their delicious noodle dishes and handmade treats. Now, they’re coming out with wholemeal ban mian made with 20 per cent wholegrains, the first of its kind available locally. This dish is also served with generous amount of vegetables for fibre intake, minced meat and eggs for protein– the perfect balanced meal in a bowl.
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FISH & CO. | BAKED SALMON WITH CITUS CRUST | Believe it or not, it’s possible for the restaurant to dish out yummy seafood in lower calories meals. That’s right, Fish & Co. continues to surprise by re-inventing 11 of its popular mains and reducing their count down to a healthy 500 calories! Baked salmon with citrus crust, one of the favorites in the menu, has been given a refreshing new twist via portion control. And even the pasta lovers get to switch to wholegrain pasta at no extra cost!
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QUIZNOS | CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD | Quiznos is perfect for the consumer looking for the premium, tasty fresh sandwich alternatives to fastfood. Using only quality meats and vegetables, they’ve revved up their chicken caesar salad with a bed of crunchy juicy greens, with a tangy salad sauce mixed in! You’ll taste the delicious difference especially on hot, lazy days.
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CHAR GRILL BAR| SEAFOOD SPAGHETTI | The go-to for Western nosh in the coffeeshops, they're not bringing its loyal clientele low-calories pasta dishes made with health in mind. The yummy seafood spaghetti is now cooked in a healthy tomato base with less oil, salt and sugar, while still bringing on that same great taste you love.
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MCDONALD'S | THE CORN CUP | No one’s a stranger to this world-famous hamburger chain and its 127 outlets island-wide. McDonald’s has always concerned itself with promoting quality ingredients and nutritional transparency— that’s why they always list their calorie counts. As further effort, they will be promoting lower calorie meal options in their breakfast and lunch sets. They will also be giving you the option of switching your fries or hash browns for a fresh corn cup to boost natural fibre. A nutritious corn cup on its own also makes a great snack between meals!
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JACK'S PLACE | TENDERLOIN WITH CAPSICUM | As one of the established brands in the local F&B scene, Jack’s Place has won the hearts and appetites of diners since the late sixties. And while you would think that a typical steak dish will give you 700 calories or more, this low-calorie steak dish has gone so low in calories, you can have your meat and eat it too! The juicy tenderloin arrives on a bed of mashed potatoes topped with capsicum-infused brown sauce.
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KOPITIAM | A vital presence in key shopping malls and estates across Singapore, Kopitiam remains a beloved favorite with a broad range of eating options. In line with this healtier dining programme, selected Kopitiam outlets will now offer healthy 500-calorie dishes in their menu. They’ve done all the healthy prep work and calorie-counting so all you have to do is eat in good health!
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PREPARAZZI | MUSHROOM AGLIO OLIO | Traditionally a caterer for large-scale VIP parties, they're now crafting bento sets of fine-dining restaurant-quality food for delivery and enjoyment, to enjoy right at home. The Aglio Olio is a healthy delicious pasta option now made with better quality olive oil, the caramelised garlic not only adds the dimension to the taste, the additional garlic is rich in anti-oxidants.
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SODEXO | HOMEMADE DUMPLINGS IN WOLFBERRIES AND RED DATE SOUP SOBA NOODLES | A caterer that’s served over 10,000 meals to offices across industries, Sodexo has a considerable draw and influence on workers. Now, they’re starting to move in healthier circles with one of their star set meals of homemade dumplings in wolfberries and red date soup, a perfect nourishment for the weary. On the side, you get yummy soba noodles and can then finish your meal off with a mixed fruit plate for a refreshing fiber boost!
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THE WOK PEOPLE | BROWN RICE OPTION | The Wok People offer hot lunches and dinners to 50 work sites in Singapore. Soon, at 10 selected worksites, diners can enjoy the option of healthy brown rice along with their tasty mains. Brown rice satisfies with less calories and adds fiber to boot, thereby giving the diners a healthier meal overall!