Finding healthy lunch ideas in a city like Singapore can be quite the challenge, especially if you’re looking to avoid fast food. However, with a few strategic tips and tricks, finding healthy lunch ideas in Singapore is easy!
Lunch time is the best time of the day because it’s the time you get to break from work and relax for about an hour. If you’re stuck in a rut for lunch ideas, take these tips from me. I’ll share some of best healthy alternatives for lunch.
Healthy Lunch Ideas Singapore
From poke bowls and grain bowls to sexy salads and gluten-free meals, there are plenty of healthy lunch options to choose from in Singapore; but do they taste any good? For a nutritious yet satisfying meal, these are the places to go.
The Daily Cut
You can’t go wrong with this grain bowl stalwart. Fill up a simple form to build your own bowl of items made up of only fresh, seasonal ingredients. Their glazed root vegetables, skirt steak and range of sauces are guaranteed hits, plus you can find them in several CBD locations, so an outlet is never too far away.
Offering bibimbap but customisable, healthy and low in calories, Dosirak also stands out for catering to an audience that appreciates handsome packaging to go along with their grain bowls. Complete your meal with equally Korean drinks like Buckwheat Tea and a hearty kimchi soup.
This grain bowls place serves signature bowls alongside a mix-and-match option, with a variety of proteins, veggies, sauces and toppings. Try the El Hibaro (striploin, salsa verde, wafu tomato) if you’re in a hurry to decide. But if you’re like us, customising your own bowl is part of the fun.
Whether you’re going vegan, paleo, gluten-free, high-protein or low-carb, there’s bound to be something for you here. Be sure to try Haakon’s Acai Superfood bowls for a real boost, and the ones containing zero-calorie shirataki noodles for all the satisfaction without the gains. They’ve got locations in Orchard, One Raffles Place, Holland Village and Tanjong Katong.
From salad and wrap chain SaladStop! comes a new grain bowl spot, Heybo. Situated at Republic Plaza, the signature bowls (or what they dub “bo”s) include Shibuya Nights, obviously inspired by Japanese cuisine, and Kampong Table, which incorporates local flavours.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean eating like an ascetic. Celeb chef Jamie Oliver has been famous for his simple, honest, unadulterated cooking and the dishes at his two Singapore branches promise wholesome big flavors without the overuse of sodium.
Kitchen by Food Rebel
This organic CBD spot offers lots of gluten- and dairy-free options among internationally influenced dishes like barramundi with Asian greens and a chili padi chicken sandwich. They do an organic French wine happy hour too. What’s not to like?
Kraftwich by Swissbake
There’s nothing quite like a sandwich to power through your afternoon. Here, a hearty selection of handcrafted sandwiches with fillings like smoked salmon, Thai spicy chicken and beef pastrami are all packed with nutritious ingredients like wheat, sunflower seeds and flax, making it perfect for those who are looking for a healthier yet delicious choice.
The Marmalade Pantry
With branches in the CBD, Orchard and Novena, this is a great spot for a bistro-style lunch. Try their hearty, healthy salads, like the Grilled Salmon & Roasted Potatoes with carrots, fine beans and served with mustard cream sauce, or the Mexican Chicken salad with crispy tortilla, avocado, spiced corn salsa, crème fraiche and romaine lettuce. For cheat day, don’t miss the minute steak sandwich and their always-popular cupcakes.
Dishes here are prepared from scratch, using preservative-free ingredients, many sourced directly from local producers. It’s a point-and-order system at lunch, and a la carte at dinner. The menu changes, but expect items like Thai-roasted chicken with red cabbage salad and vegetable dips.
There are tons of poke places now, but we are in love with the perky and balanced bowls at A Poke Theory. Choose a base like sushi rice and lemon herb quinoa, pile it with raw fish like shoyu tuna and jazz up your bowl with nori flakes, tobiko and other touches. They have several branches too, including at Telok Ayer, Marina One, Bugis and even Kent Ridge.
The Populus Coffee & Food Co.
Some days, you just want to enjoy a hearty lunch at a laidback cafe while still keeping within your calorie count. On those occasions, your best bet will be to head to The Populus Coffee & Food Co., where a wide variety of Asian fusion salad bowls await. Aside from the Beef ‘Bulgogi’ & Quinoa boasting grass-fed slow cooked beef and salad grain mix, try the Poached Chicken Summer Ramen that offers organic ramen, chicken thigh and lemon soy dressing. There’s even the Roasted Cod & Soba for those who prefer something more light and refreshing.
This vegan cafe has outlets at South Beach, Orchard and Novena. Try the rosemary and garlic hash brown; pasta with oil of oregano, veggie balls made out of beet and chickpea, and the barley mushroom burger. Be sure to ask for their homemade chili; it will make you rethink how condiments should be like.
The Salad Shop
Despite its name, The Salad Shop isn’t just a place you head to in an attempt to correct a previous day’s binge. ‘Cause while the options here are definitely guilt-free and nutritious, they are flavourful and worthy of multiple visits too. Just head down to the CBD to assemble a wholesome lunch bowl with eats like the Cauliflower Curry Turmeric, Thai Papaya & Mango Salad, Egg-White Spinach and more.
With a name like that, you know you’re gonna get all the shakes you could possibly want here. You got protein ones for post-gym, breakfast ones for your morning perk-me-up, detox options after a weekend of hard partying, and more. But feel free to come here for a meal too, where grain bowls, salads, acai bowls and pita pockets await.
Boasting some of the tastiest protein bowls you might find in City Hall, expect clean, low-calorie eats (all below 600kcals) that remain large enough to fill you up. A total of eight nourishing souvlaki grain bowls are offered, which are available in a pita wrap or salad option too, if that’s what you prefer. Try the Roasted Barramundi, and grab an order of The Greek Classic too, which is a thick, homemade Greek yoghurt that’s lower in sugar and carbs than conventional Greek yoghurt options.
Craving for grain bowls but with an Asian twist? At Wheat, get salad sets, brown rice and soba noodles (that are all healthier carbo alternatives to white rice and pasta) paired with a wide variety of ingredients like teriyaki chicken, striploin steak, runny lava egg and lots more.
Resist the urge to indulge in all the high-calorie eats at Tanjong Pagar, and head straight to Icon Village to find YOLO, that delivers hearty but wholesome alternatives to your usual comfort foods. There’s the Basil Minced Chicken with Brown Rice & Egg, that’s dairy-free and just 580 kcals; as well as the Cauliflower Rice with Herb Chicken, at just 320 kcals. They’ve got outlets outside the CBD too, one at Star Vista and another at Changi Business Park.
. Airfried Cajun Salmon
I love salmon! I simply rub it with cajun seasoning and airfry for 7 minutes. Add a variety of vegetables to fill you up. Here, I have blanched Chinese spinach (puay leng), cherry tomatoes and carrots. To not overcook the salmon (by microwave heating from chilled), I only airfry it in the morning before I leave for work. You can leave the airfryer on while you take your shower! Recipe for Cajun Salmon: https://budgetpantry.com/airfried-cajun-salmon/
. Mesclun Salad with Shabu Shabu Pork
Grilled Cauliflower Steaks
. Tuna and Kale Stuffed Peppers
Open Face Sandwiches
Yes I eat bread! Open face sandwiches like the one here are my favourites. I like to slather on some cream cheese (I use full fat Laughing Cow cream cheese – no point if you eat light cream cheese!), top my sandwiches with a sunny-side up along with grilled peppers and mushrooms. I also often make roast chicken sandwiches using individually quick frozen (IQF) chicken fillets from Lebon which I get from Giant.
. Grilled Eggplant with Egg and Chilli Tuna
Stir Fry Vegetables and Brown Rice Vermicelli
Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms and everything else!