- By BK-PROMOTED
- | Jun 19, 2016
35/1 Soi Methi Niwes (behind Benjasiri Park), 02-258-8489. BTS Phrom Phong. Open daily 10am-10pm.
Although this place started as a small vegan dessert cafe, it has since expanded its menu to include a lot more than that, while still promoting a healthy, vegan lifestyle. Expect to find well-rounded low-calorie meals void of any meat, as well as plenty of gluten-free options, many of which are great for kickstarting the day. Particularly popular breakfast picks include the vegan deluxe yogurt bowl (B210) and the vegan American pancake (B250).
We recommend: Vegan DIY waffles (B165), a set of vegan waffles served with a selection of topings. Avoid the chocolate maple syrup and go for the fresh kiwis, strawberries and bananas instead.
Health tip: Having a diet rich in fruit reduces your risk of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, type-2 diabetes, as well as certain types of cancers. It is generally recommended for people to eat one to two and a half cups of fruit a day.
6/9 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 083-656-6141 Open Tue-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm. www.fb.com/brekkiebangkok
Much like the name suggests, this cafe is a great breakfast destination, where all the dishes focus on healthy options. You can expect ingredients like quinoa, avocado, spirulina, flaxseed, acai berry and chia seed to dominate the menu, like in the acai smoothie bowl (B260) and the avocado toast (B240).
We recommend: The wholewheat pancake topped with homemade ricotta cheese and coconut butterscotch (B200).
Health Tip: Choose wholegrain varieties or vegetable alternatives instead of starchy carbohydrates—wholewheat over white bread, potatoes with their skin on, and dried vegetable chips over normal chips are just some simple and tasty options.
The Commons, Thonglor Soi 17, 091-872-0885. Open daily 9am-9pm. www.fb.com/AbsoluteFitFood.
The food arm of the Absolute wellness empire (also known for their yoga and Pilates studios) focuses on clean eating with low-calorie recipes and guilt-free options. While the chain offers much more than breakfast dishes, their early morning meals are both healthy and delicious, ranging from quinoa pancakes to hearty omelets. Plus, all the dishes on the menu are listed with a calorie count.
We recommend: Chia scrambled eggs with mini muffins (B280), made with free-range eggs mixed with chia seeds scrambled without any cream or butter.
Health tip: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It replenishes the low blood sugar that we depleted while asleep, giving the boost of energy needed after many hours away from food and water. A nutritious breakfast also kick starts the metabolism, allowing for more calories to be burnt throughout the day.
6/F, Piman 49, Sukhumvit Soi 49, 02-742-6181. Open daily 10am-9pm. www.fb.com/organikahouse
You may know this store thanks to its white-washed botanical Thai spa, but just one floor above is a health-focused kitchen brought to you by Chalee Kader (chef of Surface, The Beer Bridge and Knock). Breakfast dishes range from the lemon curd crepe (B280) to waffles served with mixed berries (B340). They are also known for their homemade tea blends, which play around with scents drawn from Organika’s spa products.
We recommend: Organika Yogurt (B280) served with fresh fruits, organic chia seeds and honey.
Health tip: Tea is usually considered to be a healthy beverage, and with all the varieties available, it can be a fun way to experience some different flavors while getting some health benefits. The flavenoids found in tea are widely believed to have health benefits worth exploring.
8 Sukhumvit Soi 42, 090-506-2222. Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 10:30am-6pm. BTS Ekkamai. www.fb.com/theerahealthybakeroom
This bakery-slash-cafe comes with a healthy, gluten-free, non-dairy concept for its entire range of pastry treats. Away from the baked goods, it also has a big breakfast menu, with a variety of wholewheat waffles, toasts and pancake dishes that can be customized with your own selection of toppings.
We recommend: Any of their berry smoothies, which all use soymilk and coconut yogurt instead of dairy products (B125-130) and are both refreshing and filling.
Health tip: Fruit juice is high in vitamins and is usually a healthier choice than coffee, carbonated colas and processed sugar-filled drinks. However, fruit juice even with “no added sugar” contains a lot of natural sugar (fructose). To help limit sugar intake, nutritionists recommend limiting fruit juice consumption to one 250ml serving per day. Find out what else you can do every day to incorporate healthier eating habits by sitting down with one of the board-certified nutritionists at Bumrungrad (www.bumrungrad.com/healthspot).
Bumrungrad Hospital is one of the largest private medical facilities in Southeast Asia, with over 55 specialty centers, an internationally-certified lab and pharmacy, clinical research centers, advanced imaging facilities, and a 24-hour emergency care unit. Certified by the Joint Commission International since 2002, Bumrungrad cares for more than 1.1 million patients a year at its state-of-the-art facilities right in the heart of Bangkok.
Learn more at www.bumrungrad.com.