Has it been a slothful summer? Is your five-a-day a distant memory? Switch up where you’re eating out and try some delicious yet good-for-you food that’s tried and tested by us.
Stomping Grounds, Jumeirah 1
Primarily a coffee hub, Stomping Grounds also serves a range of healthy dishes. With its quirky wooden furniture and loads of coffee beans to choose from, the restaurant is a perfect for a leisurely but virtuous weekend breakfast. Everything we tried there was delicious, from the chilled chia (AED 52) to the wild rice salad (AED 77) Psst, the milk cakes are excellent too.
7.30am-11pm (12am Thursday and Friday), Jumeirah Beach Road. 04 344 4451.
Richy’s, Al Barsha
Banish boring salads with Richy’s create-your-own option. Choose from eight bases – including kale, lentils and spinach – and 40 toppings, 30 protein options and 24 dressings. It’s pretty much possible to run out of options. Our favourite is vermicelli noodles, mushrooms, chicken and unicorn tears – we mean balsamic vinegar. Go for a AED 32 junior bowl and you’ll be full until supper time.
11am-10pm daily. Ground level, Hamdan Juma Building, Al Barsha. 800 742497.
Hapi, Al Quoz
Hapi is the latest addition to Al Quoz’s line of healthy hipster cafes, specialising in coffee, ice cream, fresh juices and four varieties of super nutritious bone broth (from AED 16) – beloved of Hollywood stars and grandmas everywhere. You can actually exercise while you wait for your food, as the urban athletes of Parkour DXB have set up home there!
8am-10pm daily, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. 04 225 1807.
Cafe Isan, JLT
Sitting at a desk all day isn’t great for our bodies, so at least have some nutritious eats while you’re clocking up the overtime. Popular Thai restaurant Cafe Isan specialises in dishes from the north-east of the country, but you only need to visit deliveroo.ae to sample the delivery-only Fat Noodle range. Bowls like The Warrior (AED 39) and The Muscle Mary (AED 35/39) check off protein, veg, Thai spices, and noodles, of course.
Waterfront, Cluster M, Jumeirah Lake Towers. 10am-10pm (11pm Thursday/Friday). 054 796 5021.
The Acai Spot, Deira
Tucked away in Deira you’ll find a homely homage to the Brazilian superfood açai. Customise your own bowl of purple goodness (from AED 29) with granola, bananas and such like, tuck into a healthy muffin (AED 16) and pass the time playing board games.
8am-11pm daily (from 9am Friday and Saturday), Port Saeed (one minute walk from Deira City Centre, Metro Exit 2). 04 559 7849.
Pineapple Express, JLT
Great-looking food that’s actually good for you. This Brisbane café has transplanted neatly to JLT, bringing with it technicolour dishes like unicorn rainbow toast (AED 10 a slice) and blue magic lattes (AED 18). Your tastebuds will be up, even if the surf’s not.
8am-10pm daily (8pm Fridays) First Floor, Almas Tower, Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT). 054 402 4660.