The Place Do the swings at Raffles Place Green still sway you? Do the rushing office crowds march through your heart, thump your very being with awe at just how much goes on in this country, so much promise and so much growth?
Well, not the office crowds. But I like the swings quite a bit.
Every week, my friend and I will troop to Raffles Place for our ‘salad dinner’, our commitment to “eat healthy and be bloody hot when we are 50”, in exact words. It’s a pact. It’s darn serious stuff. You are not allowed to laugh.
On one of these excursions, we stumbled across Good Food Heals.
The Food Right off the bat, Good Food Heals is already different from the myriad salad bars. First up, you don’t get to choose the exact ingredients of your meal. Instead, you select from three categories; Body, Skin, or Muscles. Every bento set in each of these groups have specially selected components to boost whichever part of your self you want to up your game for.
We ordered one from each category: Seoul Detox ($7.90) for body wellness (cultured spicy kimchee, shiitake mushroom, broccoli, pumpkin, and sweet potato noodle), Mexi Loco ($9.90) for skin improvement (cultured guava pineapple, cultured beetroot apple slaw, chickpea, spinach, smoked salmon, Mexican green rice), and Tokyo Teri ($9.90) for muscle strengthening (cultured Japanese plum citrus tomato, teriyaki salmon, broccoli, tofu, soba).
Seoul Detox ($7.90) was the one that felt like the healthiest meal because of the pure lack of any meat or fish. The sweet potato noodles, an option low in starch and which relieves water retention, is chewy and springy – the Ranter and Rantee both found this interesting, but not an immediate favourite. I really liked the kimchee, which is made in-house, like everything else including the dressing. The crunch of the spicy kimchee went really well with the refreshing bite of the broccoli, and made the momentary trip to vegetarianism a tasty one.
In between bites, Good Food Heals shared how it is important to choose food that our bodies can absorb, and not fall for every blind craze in food fads, because downing pills and glugging juices may look good on paper, but they may not be the best way to strengthen our best detox tool: our bodies. Read: liver and colon, the unglam but important stuff.
Arroz Verde is a Mexican green rice made with spinach, cilantro and garlic. This item makes an appearance in Mexi Loco ($9.90), together with spinach, smoked salmon, and other stuff (you can tell what I like). This one was my favourite. Spinach and salmon were always meant to be, and the Arroz Verde was a surprisingly good touch of musty and hearty to fill my belly. Yes I am a poet.
If muscle strengthening is your thang, thank me for picking Tokyo Teri ($9.90) as a close second. The cultured Japanese plum citrus tomato is painstakingly peeled and blanched for ten seconds to enhance absorbability by our bodies (so much Science!), and the soba entirely surprised me. We were recommended to pair this with the Korean Soy dressing, and I for one firmly believe all noodles, like men, should be served hot or be forever banished, but this cold dish really stole my heart. There is really something about this soba. My all-time pick broccoli makes an entrance in this dish too, which is always reason to rejoice.
Inevitably during our meal, table talk turned towards the recent craze for juice cleanses, salads, raw food retreats, and basically all things healthy. What set Good Food Heals apart, we wondered, from the myriad salad options peppered liberally throughout the CBD?
“You are what your body absorbs,” we were told by the enthusiastic team. While fruit juices and vegetables are doubtless good for us, the way they are served and how we consume them determines how much our bodies can actually properly absorb the nutrients. And because we are all lazy, it is easy to lean on food fads as the be-all solutions, when these may not be ultimately effective or sustainable at all. After all, once returning from a retreat, or off a juice cleanse, how do we keep it up? What do we eat next, and can we afford to maintain this lifestyle? We were stumped.
Well, what then?
In a bid to promote more sustainable healthy eating, Good Food Heals also offers cultured superfoods that can easily be added to existing meals to build good habits for the long run. Their range of goodies includes Creamy Golden Cabbage ($11.90), Spicy Kimchee ($11.90), and Japanese Plum Citrus Tomato ($12.90). I am all for sustainability and I am all for kimchee, so colour me happy. Yes that was my second poem.
Atop these eats, Good Food Heals has homemade smoothies for the heavy drinkers. Avocado Papaya ($5.90) is my personal favourite, and you may opt for other liquid courage like Pineapple Bubblies ($3.90), which has some pineapple, some bubbles, some natural alcohol content, and a bottleful of yay.
All in all, we stuffed our faces and felt surprisingly light after – no food coma, only satisfaction. Strange thing, how living healthy can be.
Rants I would really like to be able to make my own bento, and basically eat my favourite things like broccoli (double serving), soba, smoked salmon, spinach, and mushrooms.
Also, I am very Chinese in that I really take comfort from hot food. Though cold rice doesn’t spike my sugar levels up as high, it doesn’t pick up my mood or give me a warm hug from the inside, either.
Will I Return Again? With the salad movement taking over the greens like bubble tea made us pop with sugar, I think Good Food Heals will be my pit stop to refuel with good stuff. Their competitive pricing also makes them worthy of a visit in their convenient location.
To a hot bod, clear mind, and reasonably full wallet: I say ay.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Good Food Heals
10 North Canal Road
Monday to Friday: 8am to 7pm
Head to www.goodfoodheals.org for delivery orders