Succulent vegetables and brightly coloured fruit add a boost to any meal. These delicious and healthy ingredients will put a spring in your step on the path to healthier living. Take a fresh look at where to go for the best ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here’s’ the low down on the best in the market.
Best for: Gourmets
Where: 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore, 287994
You could spend all day at this rambling market, filled with every type of organic produce from around the world. It's a great way to teach your family about various fruits and veggies, as well as storage and cooking tips. The folks at Tangy Tangerines shared a great tip: slip an apple among your potatoes – it will prevent them from sprouting!
Opening hours: Stalls: 9:30am to 7pm; Restaurants : 10am to 10pm
Best for: Night owls
Where: 31 Attap Valley Road, #02-29, Singapore 759908
Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 2am to 6am, this bustling, old school market is not for the faint of heart. But you won't find a fresher selection of seafood on the island, with half of the produce locally caught. Exotic fare such as sea cucumbers feature heavily, so pick some up! Sea cucumbers have been linked to anti-cancer, anti-hypertension and antioxidant properties.
Opening hours: Daily from 1am to 6am (closed on Monday mornings)
Best for: Adventurous cooks
Where: 665 Buffalo Road, Singapore, 210665
You'll probably smell this market before you see it, as it's brimming with spices and fresh fruit, just waiting to supplement your diet. The market's butchers are also first-rate: if you're looking for lean, fresh meat, this is your place. The butchers will de-feather and de-skin cuts to your exact specification.
Opening hours: 6.30am to 9pm
Best for: Expert tips
Where: 105 & 106, Lower Ground, Old Wing, One Utama Shopping Mall, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Not only is Opika bursting with organic produce, it also holds regular promotions for festivals. For Chinese New Year, for example, they have a special on wild caught Salmon Yee Sang – perfect for a toss to abundance. Like the best fresh food experts they are bursting with tips: like the fact that you should always buy fully ripened lemons, which contain the most amount of antioxidants.
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm
Best for: Locally sourced
Where: Online at justlifeshop.com and several locations throughout Malaysia. Just Life has been going since 1999, and their expertise shows. The depth and breadth of their organic products is incredible, especially the fruit and vegetables. Most are sourced from nearby farmers who are friends of the company – you can even arrange to visit their farms. Their site is also brimming with healthy recipes and natural remedy suggestions (like how coconut oil is a great immunity booster for babies, and can be added to infant formula).
Opening hours: Check website for individual store opening times.
Best for: home delivery
Where: Delivery-based outfit in Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia There's nothing more comforting than having food delivered to you – the only problem is, it's usually junk food. Not anymore! EatCleanKL is the brainchild of Khairena, an entrepreneur who uses "only fresh produce, organic products, olive oil, minimal salt, no sugar, no icky oils or MSG". And her dishes are divine. Her service is perfect if you're stuck for healthy ideas for an upcoming party. Khairena regularly updates her Facebook page with menu shots, inspirational stories and health food facts ("the more colours in your vegetables, the more variety of nutrients.")
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 11am-2pm (orders should be placed the day before)
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