T’is the season to indulge, as the well-known axiom goes. If you are as concerned about your waistline as you are about satisfying your taste buds with all the scrumptious goodies Colombo has to be far, look no further. We’ve got you covered with five of the city’s foremost health spots acclaimed for fare that is as delicious as it is good for you, in every conceivable way!
1. Calorie Counter
61, Thimbirigasyaya Road, Colombo 05
Contact: 072 728 2828
Calorie Counter was founded by health and fitness enthusiast, Duaine Peiris. Duaine Peiris’s journey began with him taking a conscious decision to prioritise his health by paying mind to what he consumed. During this period, there was a dearth of healthy eating spots in the city leading Duaine to learn the art of preparing healthy fare and eventually establishing his own restaurant. Calorie Counter, as it is known today, is a small, cosy restaurant with branches in Colombo and Battaramulla boasting of a range of affordable healthy sweet and savoury meals with the amount of calories they have in each specified. Some of the menu’s highlights include their roast beef sandwiches, bean and lentil patties, dark chocolate and raspberry energy bars and lest we forget, their divine peri peri chicken. Yum!
2. Life Food
Perahera Mawatha, Colombo 07
Contact: 0117 221 351
Life Food is a salad and juice bar on Perahera Mawatha in Colombo 02.It has a diverse range of healthy juices that are rich in nutrients derived from what they call ‘life ingredients’. Kangen water, kithul treacle in place of sugar are staples in many of their sweet and savoury dishes alike. Inimitable taste, organically sourced ingredients and food that fresh and tastes like it’s made at home are Life Food’s secret to success since inception. Life. Highlights of their menu include their thambili-based fresh juices and smoothies, French toast with homemade Nutella, high protein “roasties” and their sensational pinwheel bagels. Vegetarians and vegans will be spoilt for choice here and the most health conscious of us can be reassured that no refined sugar will be on the menu.
3. Superfood café
33, Macleod Road, Colombo 04
Contact: 077 777 9034
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring and Superfood Café is proving just this with its vibrant, scrumptious food, accompanied by good music in an ambience that virtually compels the dishes you order there to be instagrammed! This latest addition to Colombo’s burgeoning health food scene can be found inside Villa Raha. The menu includes café staples such as the traditional English breakfast, eggs benedict, waffles, French toast, granola, sandwiches and their acclaimed “Lunch Bowls”. Each of the aforementioned dishes are comprised of ingredients that are fresh, vibrant and as nutritious as it gets.
4. The Good Life Café
3, Sulaiman Terrace, Colombo 05
Contact: 077 224 6726
A relaxed café located down Sulaiman Terrace, the Good Life Café serves everything healthy, trendy and green. The quaint café caters to vegetarians, vegans and anyone interested in getting a meal and a vibrant picture for Instagram, to go. Their ever-expanding menu features smoothies, smoothie bowls and cold-pressed juices. A rack on the wall features packets featuring nutritional delicacies that are the stuff every health-conscious foodie’s dreams are made of! Kale chips, fruit bars, maca, acai and spirulina powder and even healthy pasta and gluten-free options are what you can expect to find here.
5. Health Factor
42, Dutugemunu Street, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
Call 011 7 269 808
The Health Factor is a cute eatery located on the ground floor of the renowned High Octane Fitness gym in Kohuwala. Eating here this season will be a real treat as the food tastes great, most of it is guilt-free and it is affordable. Kurrakkan rotti, pan fried seer fish and roast chicken are some of the menu’s highlights that are easy on the wallet (and your waistline) and are sure to please the taste buds of even the fussiest eaters.