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Jewel Changi Airport is known for being a haven for delicious food, but did you know that the iconic lifestyle destination also boasts nutritious and appetising options for the #fitspo folks out there? In this article, we’ve gathered some of the healthier choices that are definitely worth the reduced calories.
If you’re looking to spruce up your health (as you should in these times), here are some of the noteworthy eateries worth checking out!
1. An Acai Affair
Health nuts unite! A nutrition-packed bowl at An Acai Affair is one to keep an eye out for if you’re hunting for healthier meals among Jewel Changi's food options.
Who says eating healthy is boring? From vibrant fruit bowls to smoothies, each item on the menu of An Acai Affair comprises the freshest ingredients such as natural granola, in-house almond butter, and organic chia seeds. In short, An Acai Affair serves sugar-free and plant-based bowls that are both low in calories and free of guilt.
The Triple A (S$6.70 / S$9.90 / S$15.50) is a healthy bowl packed generously with fruits such as banana, kiwi and blueberries, topped with nuts and a mixture of chia seeds touted as superfoods. It's the perfect booster for weary bodies in need of vitamins, minerals and fibre.
Here’s My Abs (S$9.50 / S$11.50) is a smoothie that’s equally tasty. This includes organic Acai blended with a scoop of chocolate protein, banana, peanut butter, cacao nibs and almond milk. A perfect sweet treat packed with high antioxidants, anti-ageing and weight loss properties. Need we say more?
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, #B2 – 262
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday — 11:00am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday — 10:00am to 10:30pm, Sunday — 10:00pm to 10:00pm
2. Aloha Poké
Ah, Aloha Poké — the first poké shop in Singapore that has been offering the popular Haiiwan streetside staple since 2015. Today, they’ve also reached the interiors of Jewel Changi. Both nutritious and convenient, poké bowls are a godsend for health junkies. In case you haven’t tried one, it’s essentially a comforting bowl of hearty freshness in the form of rice, salad, toasted sesame seeds, sweet onions, scallions—and of course, seasoned poké (raw fish) itself.
At Aloha Poké, thick chunks of tuna and salmon are lightly marinated in a special soy, spicy or wasabi mayo sauce. You’ll get a choice to take it up a notch with add-ons like dried cranberries, nori seaweed, tamago, or even superfoods like avocado. Not a fan of rice bowls? Opt for their poké-style burrito (also known as pokéritto) instead! Fret not, it’s equally healthy and tasty.
These poké treats have their way of transporting diners momentarily. Picture yourself suntanning on Hawaii’s glorious Waikiki Beach, taking in the breeze while indulging in some fresh poké. *Chef’s kiss*
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, #05-200
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 11:30am to 10:00pm
While we’re on the topic of travel, make your way from Hawaii to Japan. Stop by JW360° (pronounced “Japan way three-sixty”) for some scrumptious Japanese food! With a rich history of over 200 years, the restaurant is decked in traditional decor—from sakura, tableware, to copper pots; successfully serving as a gateway to the authentic Japan experience. While keeping classics such as tonkatsu, bento and donburi in mind, consider some of the restaurant’s special (and nutritious!) dishes.
The Gindara Misozuke Yaki (S$42), for instance, should be one of those sought after. Gindara is a premium fish in Japan; it’s protein-rich and packed with a generous amount of healthy, monounsaturated fats. And while we’re on the topic of fish, consider savouring a taste of their Hokke Hiraki Bento (S$24) too — an aromatic Grilled Dried Atka Mackerel dish that’s popular in Japan. This nutritious, white fatty fish is served with a hearty miso soup and pickles on the side.
Another favourite is the Seafood Miso Nabe (S$32), a savoury dish with fresh shrimp, salmon, mussels, udon and vegetables served in a robust, original miso blend. Perfect for a memorable night out as you inhale all that goodness — vitamins and minerals chock-full of flavour.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, #01 - 223 / 224 / 225
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday — 11:30am to 9:00pm, Friday to Sunday — 11:30am to 10:00pm
4. Mr. Coconut
By now, Mr. Coconut needs no introduction. One could easily stumble upon the long, snaking queues of customers at its outlets around the island.
Lately, people seem to have been going nuts over Mr. Coconut — and for good reason. Not only is it the ideal drink to combat the scorching heat, but it also makes for a healthier alternative than the usual bubble tea. For a start, coconuts are known to be high in fibre, which is great for aiding digestion. It’s also known to help boost heart health.
Just like bubble tea, you’ll get to choose your sugar level too (of course, zero percent sugar is what we recommend). Refrain from adding toppings like Gula Melaka pearls, oreo bits and Pandan Sago though; that defeats the purpose of having a healthier alternative!
Essentially, the store goes beyond just coconut juice — its menu is well-diversified to suit your indulgent taste buds. But if you’re truly looking to keep trim, go for the basic Coconut Juice (S$4.60), an intensely satisfying beverage that utilises young Thai coconuts to bring forth that fresh creaminess along with a slightly nutty and sweet flavour profile.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, #B2 - 268
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 10:00am to 10:00pm
5. Boost Juice
On the topic of drinks, Boost Juice is another great alternative to sweet treats like milkshakes. As its name suggests, a cup of Boost juice goes a long way in fueling our bodies with the essential nutrients it needs. Some say it even helps with boosting your mood. Savour a range of healthy fruit blends — a popular one being the All Berry Bang (S$5) — a concoction of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apple juice, strawberry yoghurt and ice.
Feeling lethargic? Consider the Brekkie To Go-Go (S$7) — a tasty drink of banana, toasted muesli, honey, low-fat milk, vanilla yoghurt and ice. It’ll be a much-needed energiser booster to kick start your day on the right foot. And if that’s not enough, there’s also add on options of Vitamin A & C with green tea extract. These will go far to support a healthy immune system!
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, #B2 – 261
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday — 11:00am to 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday — 10:00am to 10:00pm
6. Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise is a unique boutique that puts an artisanal spin on ice cream using natural botanical flavours. In fact, the owner was inspired to create flavours that are unique and healthy at the same time. Apart from the sinful classics (like chocolate and hazelnut), you’ll find other naturally flavoured desserts that are made from scratch.
The ice cream purveyors create their own premium gelato base and infuse it with various herbs, spices, fruits and flowers. With no artificial sugars and colouring, these sweet treats are healthier than what you’d normally find in other ice cream parlours.
Like its flagship store at Katong, you’ll find unique flavours at the outlet at Jewel; from the likes of fragrant Pandan and Lemongrass, to delicate fan-favourites such as the White Chrysanthemum, Lychee Raspberry and Stawberry Basil. These are priced at S$4.70 for a single scoop and S$7.70 for a double scoop. While you’re at it, consider skipping the cup — top up an additional S$1 to get a thyme-infused cone!
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, #01-214 215/216
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Yolé is the first in the world to offer a range of ice cream and frozen yoghurt without adding a gram of sugar. Not only do their flavours hold no added sugars, they’re also less in calories and fats in comparison to other froyo brands in the market.
Rather than opting for sweet toppings like syrups and chocolate chips (these bump up the sugar content greatly), a healthier bet is to pair your froyo with fresh fruits. Strawberries and kiwi, for instance, help to provide much-needed dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals. A small cup with one topping costs S$4.90, while a large cup with three toppings costs S$6.90.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, #B2-271
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday — 11:00am to 10:00pm, Friday to Sunday — 10:00am to 10:00pm
Needless to say, Jewel is a paradise for all kinds of foodies, including those who enjoy keeping track of their calorie intake. With its soothing ambience, wondrous indoor greenery and exquisite glass canopies situated above a giant waterfall, this makes an ideal spot to inhale all that nourishing goodness for the mind, body and soul.
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