Sick of Hari Raya food already? Choose from these 8 lighter options for lunch.

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It’s Syawal everyone! A month of trying to balance glorious delicious open house food during the weekends, and controlling what you can eat during the rest of the week while you’re at work.

After houses and houses of rendang, ketupat, lemang, pulut, sambal udang, sayur lodeh, you’re just totally done with Raya food and crave for something else.

We’ve heard many times from our friends of other faiths that Ramadan is a great time for us to lose weight as we don’t eat from dawn to dusk. Believe me when I say we can gain that weight this month of Syawal.

This year, since Hari Raya Aidilfitri falls on a Sunday, we get to binge for an extra day stuffing our faces with Ketupat and Rendang. Naturally, we get sick of all the good food and crave for something light and healthy once the holidays are over and as we head back to work over this week.

While salads do help in getting rid of the post-raya food coma syndrome, I know some people who cannot stand the sight of leafy greens on their plate. So here are some suggestions for those who need to get over their post-Eid food coma syndrome without compromising on taste and appeal. Nutritionally balanced food does not need to be boring!

 

 

1. VXX Cooperative

Tucked away in a corner nearby the bustling street of Jalan Besar, VXX Cooperative is the perfect quiet respite from your hectic workday. Maintaining their old school charm with the original flooring of the shophouse kept, this cafe serves up amazing modern classics like the Porcini Mac n Cheese (porcini is a type of mushroom by the way). If you’re trying to stay away from all the meat you’ve feasted on during Raya, the Miso-Maple Salmon is perfect for you.

 

 

Enjoy some peace in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city.

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FRIENDS Discount
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VXX Co-operative offers 10% discounts off total bill. Valid on minimum spending of $50 nett
Area: Kallang
Halal Status: Muslim-Owned
For full address & opening hours, refer
 here.


2. Simply Wrapps

Move over, unicorn-inspired food! Simply Wrapps shows what it really means to serve rainbow coloured food. Fruits and vegetables from every colour you can imagine are sure to tantalise your tastebuds and excite your palate. Choose to have your meal served as a wrap or salad, and be sure to try the variety of protein ranging from salmon, turkey to chicken.

Classic Ceasar Wrap
Nutty Fruity salad

Simply Wrapps
Area: Seven locations across Singapore
Halal Status: Halal-Certified from MUIS
For full address & opening hours, refer
 here.


3. Kraftwich by Swissbake

This new kid on the halal block has been drumming up some excitement in the community. Serving up a wide selection of sandwiches, salads as well as delicious desserts, Kraftwich by Swissbake offers lunch options both to those rushing during the lunch hour as well as those looking for a cafe to relax and chill at.

company lunch 👅

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FRIENDS Discount: Coming up, wait for it! Meanwhile, check other discounts here.

Area: Around Singapore
Halal Status: Halal Certified by MUIS
For address & opening hours at Raffles Place, refer here.
For full address & opening hours of other branches, refer
 here.


 

4. EpiKebabs

If you’re the kind who doesn’t like to think about what to eat for lunch, EPIKebabs offers a fuss free option. Simply choose your choice of meat (either chicken or beef) and how you want it served, either as a wrap or with rice. Plus, they offer delivery services if you’re having a team lunch or office party.

Rice Meals at EPIKebabs

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FRIENDS Discount: EPIKebabs (Wilkie Edge) offers the exclusive deal. Valid with 1 Free Combo (Chips + Drink) for every main item.
Area: Rochor
Halal Status: Halal Certified by MUIS
For full address & opening hours, refer
 here.


4. Maki-san

Singapore’s first-ever place that lets you design your own sushi and Japanese-inspired salad, you can even get a healthier version of Nasi Lemak here- the Maki Lemak!


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FRIENDS Discount: Maki-San offers 10% off total bill. Valid all day, any day. Discount is not valid in conjunction with other promotions. Valid at all outlets except NUS outlet

Area: Around Singapore
Halal Status: Halal Certified by MUIS
For full address & opening hours, refer
 here.


5. YOLO

Since #youonlyliveonce, might as well nourish your body with amazing nutrients it needs and prep your body to be as healthy as it can be! YOLO serves up healthy dishes which may seem foreign to us foodie Singaporeans, but trust me when I say the food is amazingly well seasoned, flavoured and has everything to cater your preference.

If you’re excited to get onto the quinoa (pronounced as kee-nu-ah) bandwagon, be sure to try the salmon quinoa patties as you build your own meal. If you want something familiar, try their Coconut Chicken with Brown Rice, or the Peranakan Veggie Curry. They seriously taste like your usual curry but is unbelievably light at the same time!

One great thing about YOLO is that it has your fitness goals in mind. Choose from four fitness goals – Build, Shape Up, Energize and Glow – and you’re on your way to feeling and looking good.

Salmon Quinoa Patties with Quinoa
BUILD meal: Beef Steak with Sweet Potato Mash

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FRIENDS Discount: YOLO offers 15% off total bill. Valid all day, any day. Discount is not valid in conjunction with other promotions. Valid at all outlets except NUS outlet

Area: Around Singapore
Halal Status: Halal Certified by MUIS
For full address & opening hours, refer
 here.


6. LIMAA

When I’m in need of a fast and secret window shopping trip, I always head down to Haji Lane and Arab Street areas. Once I’m done feasting my eyes on clothes or knick knacks I don’t really need, I head over to one of the many eateries in the area. As of late, LIMAA has been a favourite thanks to their refreshing cold-pressed fruit juices and the all you can eat salad bar. The small and quaint space is an escape away from the noise and excitement of Haji Lane. I might say it’s quite zen and relaxing to just enjoy your fruit juice as you finish that book you’ve been reading.

 

Our bottles have stickers on them!! Find us at 51 Haji Lane!! Buy any 2 juices and get a home-made Lemonade complimentary!!

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LIMAA
FRIENDS Discount: YOLO offers 15% off total bill. Valid all day, any day. Discount is not valid in conjunction with other promotions. Valid at all outlets except NUS outlet

Area: Around Singapore
Halal Status: Halal Certified by MUIS
For full address & opening hours, refer
 here.


7. Charlie Brown Cafe

Apart from its themed Snoopy interior, Charlie Brown Cafe serves up salads and simple sandwiches which are guaranteed to reset and fill your tummy after all the Raya food binging. With one outlet in Paya Lebar and another in Orchard, you have easy access to fuss free healthy meals.

Chicken Salad

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CHARLIE BROWN CAFE
FRIENDS Discount: CHARLIE BROWN CAFE offers 15% off total bill. Valid all day, any day. Discount is not valid in conjunction with other promotions. Valid at all outlets except NUS outlet

Area: Around Singapore
Halal Status: Halal Certified by MUIS
For full address & opening hours, refer
 here.


8. Grain

Fellow foodies like me would be thinking of what to have for lunch the day before. If you’re dreaming of your lunch hour a full 24 hours before, order one of the healthy and scrumptious lunch options on Grain’s app or website. While you can’t head down to a physical store, having Grain delivered straight to your office as you’re finishing that report your boss asked for is the icing on the cake. PS: the farm fresh chicken is my personal favourite.

Farm fresh everyday. From our kitchens to your bellies. #realfood

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Grain
Area: Delivers to Whole of Singapore. Delivery fees vary based on your location. It will cost anywhere from $2-$5.
Halal Status: Halal Certified by MUIS
For full address & opening hours, refer
 here.


 

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