Singapore is full of great restaurants and many of them are following the trend of offering healthy, clean options on their menu.  The Living Cafe is one of those, located in the upscale neighborhood of Bukit Timah, and offers delicious food for those with a variety of dietary needs.  It has a focus on raw and living ingredients and offers other services like health consultations and yoga as part of their larger balanced living umbrella company. The reason I wanted to check out this particular healthy restaurant in Singapore was that of its focus on raw and living ingredients.  My review below will give you more of the details but overall it’s worth checking out this healthy restaurant in Singapore if you are craving good, wholesome food.

WHAT IS “RAW” & “LIVING” FOOD?

Eating from a Raw and Living Menu doesn’t mean you are limited to chewing on a carrot or celery stick.  Quite the opposite is true – this food is really tasty and delicious.  When someone calls food raw and living it simply means that it is whole, fresh and completely unprocessed.   All of the natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients are not wasted and are in their original form which makes this way of food preparation extremely healthy for your body.  It helps to turn the food into energy quickly so that your body can function at its best.  There is also a strong attempt to not heat the food as it has been proven that when food is heated above 50ºC, the enzymes are destroyed and the vitamins are almost no longer there.  You can certainly do your own research into these claims and make your own judgments about what you believe or don’t believe but this is the claim to cooking food over certain temperatures.

 

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HEALTH BENEFITS:

Studies have also shown that there are a number of health benefits to eating raw, unprocess food.  They show that people who eat a large part of their diet unprocessed and raw tend to have better mental clarity, stay mostly free from lots of illnesses and have higher energy levels.  The illnesses that were mostly detected to decrease were in the area of colds and flus.  In addition, it was found that body odor and bad breath decreased and sensory functions increased.

For me, it would be impossible to sustain a completely raw and living food diet.  I like the idea of eating it sometimes and there is no doubt that there are positive effects of eating raw, unprocessed food.  I certainly envy (maybe?!) anyone that can eat like this all the time. For me, I like my food cooked at times and enjoy eating some (just a little!) unprocessed food as well.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE?

Their menu has some nice options to choose from.  I went with the Grilled Tofu Guacamole Wrap ($15 sgd / $11 usd) which was a nice light meal that didn’t leave me full but also didn’t leave me hungry! When I saw the size of the portion I was a bit concerned but it pretty satisfying and just what I needed after walking around the Green Corridor, just down the street.

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Other menu items that caught my eye were the Quinoa Veggie Burger (with raw cashew mayo!), Taco Boats (with “meatballs”!), The Living Salad and The TLC “Cheese” Burger.  All of these looked great and I am sure were equally as delicious.

This restaurant would definitely suit vegetarians and plant-based vegans looking for healthy alternatives in Singapore.  Those with dietary needs would find what they need at this healthy restaurant in Singapore because of what it offers and its focus on raw and living ingredients.

Raw Food Fun Fact:
Raw food diet uses natural substitutes such as seaweed for salt or stevia for sugar.

If you want to know more about their menu and have a look before you go, click here for the pdf version.

The healthy restaurant in Singapore had a really calm ambiance with several tables occupied over the lunch hour.   The staff was friendly and willing to explain menu items and what things meant.  I didn’t get to try their coffee’s but they offered all of the popular latte’s and cappuccino’s and all are completely dairy free – their milk options are hazelnut, soy & rice.

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After eating the tofu and guacamole wrap, I decided to try one of their healthy, pressed juices.  In my opinion, their juices are very expensive, even by Singapore standards, but I decided on a juice instead of a coffee.  This is partly due to the fact that I had already had 3 cups that day!

I went with the beet blast (beet, carrot, celery, spinach, ginger, parsley) for $8.90 sgd (apx. $6.50 usd) and it didn’t disappoint but it was pricey and the portion size was a bit on the small size. I had no trouble finishing it, though!

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They also offered some nice sounding smoothies for the same price like “The Hulk” which consisted of mixed berries, orange, banana, protein, organic brown rice, vitamin C, flaxseed oil.   In retrospect that could have been a meal in itself!  I’d give that one a go next time for sure.

Raw Food Reality Tip:
Not all the food you eat needs to be raw. Most diets recommend three-fourths of your diet to be based on these ideas, at the most. The best idea is to use that other 25% for nutrients you might have trouble getting otherwise, such as calcium.

LOCATION AND CONTACT INFO:

Address: The Living Cafe, 779 Bukit Timah Rd , Singapore.
Telephone: +65 6468 4482
Email: tlc@thelivingcafeasia.com


 

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Tim Gascoigne is a Canadian, full-time traveler/nomad who has found a love of fitness and how to combine this with living a life of purpose and freedom.  Tim writes at One Fit Nomad and shares content on Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter.  Crossfit is his favorite form of fitness and he likes to write about how you can live the life you want while being the best version of yourself.  Tim has been a fulltime teacher in schools in Canada, Beijing & Malaysia for 10 years and is currently taking time off to see the world & hopefully create meaning for others.

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