Time to go on a health bender
Time to go on a health bender
- By Sharmaine Loh
- | Apr 03, 2020
It’s become common for folks to pick up some organic produce, superfood, plant-based products and dairy-free alternatives at the grocery store. But what’s uncommon is finding a wide variety of healthy wholefood options at your usual supermarkets. Instead of going through the arduous process of inspecting countless aisles at the mall supermarts, just head to these health food stores dedicated to nutritious, sustainable foods.
A reliable place to head to for dried organic food, Brown Rice Paradise has plenty of grain types available for purchase, like oat, rye and millet. Preserved fruit make great sweet substitutes, so go ahead and pick up some preserved peaches, apricots and pears while you're there. Those interested in eco-friendly home supplies will be also be pleased to find a range of eco-friendly toiletries from brands like Kiss My Face.
Located at Parkway Parade, Four Seasons Organic Market impresses with their wide array of high-quality organic products, including skincare offerings. They’re in this business to promote a healthier lifestyle to Singaporeans, and are definitely making it easier for us to do so. The organic mart even carries makeup now, like the Karen Murrell Natural Lipsticks that are made in Australia, long-lasting, and even 100 percent paraben and cruelty-free.
Conveniently located at a number of malls in Singapore including Holland Piazza and Valley Point Shopping Centre, Little Farms sells ethically-sourced food, which includes a selection of dairy-free milk beverages like coconut and almond milk, as well as fresh, organic produce. Also look out for their selection of nut butters, kefir and kombucha.
It might seem a little strange to frequent Tan Boon Liat Building for food instead of furniture, but Nature’s Glory will yield good reasons for your visits. On top of their supply of organic fresh produce, the store also imports health supplements, natural beauty and skincare products and even water filtration units.
As the store’s name suggests, Nature’s Superfoods is the ultimate superfood haven. For superfood powders alone, the mart sells a comprehensive selection, which includes organic raw camu camu berry powder and organic gelatinised maca root powder. Find superfood breakfast cereals, organic premium yacon root syrup known for its medicinal properties and even some superfood blends.
A wholesome grocery store that carries organic vegetables and ethically-farmed meat, The Organic Grocer provides both eco-conscious individuals and health nuts with a viable place to shop at. Purchase local asian food products made healthier such as brown rice mee sua, coconut aminos—a lower-in-salt soy sauce substitute—and organic pearled barley.
Named after the founding couple’s gluten-intolerant son, trust Ryan’s Grocery to offer good, wholesome food that caters to individuals with dietary requirements. They proudly boast the most comprehensive organic meat selection in Singapore that are personally-sourced, in addition to having trained butchers at their store, who are all readily available to advise which cuts are organically-reared or even antibiotic-free.
A welcome addition to Orchard Road’s mix of health food stores, Scoop Wholefoods features a large range of raw, organic whole food items ready to be scooped out of their containers, put into a brown bag and taken home. Those who are eco-conscious are welcome to bring along their own jars and containers to store their purchases too. Besides food, the shop also has a homeware corner that sells products from local sustainable businesses.
Whenever you only require a specific amount of nuts, seeds, flour and/or more, head to Aussie-hailing The Source Bulk Foods Singapore (now at both Cluny Court and Great World City), where sustainability and zero waste are the ethos. There are no plastic bags, no fancy packaging, and definitely no overbuying. Other than pantry staples such as lentils, nuts and seeds (with gluten-free and vegan options available, naturally), you’ll also find nourishing snacks and pre-mix items. The Dried Australian Mango Cheeks and Dark Chocolate Freeze Dried Strawberries are delicious munchables, while the Coconut Curry Lentil Soup Mix is a meal ready to go—just add water (and coconut milk/milk if you’d like) and cook. Plus, find refreshing, locally-brewed kombucha on tap too, for a drink that’s good for your gut.
Supernature’s flagship store is located on the basement level of Forum The Shopping Mall, and is home to both their supermarket and cafe, Glow. Get your usual organic produce here, with dairy-free milk alternatives having its own section, while the organic frozen food aisle can be found by the back. Feel free to pick up some organic fish fingers at the freezer, and then some tasty organic lasagna at Glow on your way out.