Power Up at Lunch
Care for your body with these energy-boosting meals in Singapore’s CBD
Issue: Apr 2012
Lunching on energy-boosting foods like complex carbohydrates can help you go that extra mile at work
Ever feel lethargic on some days and energised on other days? Well, what you put into your body can make the difference between a lethargic day and an energised one.
CapitaCommercial Trust offers several F&B options within their properties in Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD) to give you that mid-day shot of energy to power you through the rest of your day. Their menus are full of energy-boosting options that are mouth-watering too.
Fuel Up with Carbs
Carbohydrates fuel the body. They supply the necessary energy to muscles, the central nervous system and even the brain which depends exclusively on carbohydrates for its energy.
Da Paolo Gastronomia, located at Six Battery Road, allows you to load up on the good carbs or complex carbohydrates in the healthiest and tastiest of ways. This trendy café, which offers a scenic view of the historic Singapore River, specialises in pizzas, pastas and sandwiches made from the finest, freshest ingredients.
A delicious way to get the carbohydrates you need is from this Salmon Pizza from Da Paolo Gastronomia
Make Salmon Pizza your top priority. Salmon is high in proteins and its concentration of
omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B helps to boost your cardiovascular health. The Salmon Pizza makes interesting use of pesto sauce that is smoothed onto a thin, warm crust and topped with generous slivers of salmon. Alternatively, opt for the Salmon Spinach Puff with a crisp, flaky covering. Spinach is also rich in anti-oxidants, proteins, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids.
If you simply do not have the time to spare, the café also has handy snacks. Try the handmade Oat Bars chock full of nuts, dried fruit and honey – all excellent sources of energy – that will let you eat on the run. Also worth more than a nibble are the Almond Flake Clusters. The biscuits are deliciously light and have lots of nutrient-dense almonds.
Sandwich galore at Urban Fairways ensure you never run out of delicious energy options
For a swinging good time at lunch, Urban Fairways on the ground floor of Capital Tower is a good bet. The café cum hip hangout where you can indulge in a spot of simulated golf has a respectably substantial menu.
For lunch, you can load up your energy tank with their wide range of sandwiches all with golf-inspired names. Anyway You Slice It has rare slices of roast beef that are melt-in-your-mouth tender on ciabatta. The combination of sweet carmelised onions, savoury cheese and tangy dollops of Dijon mustard make the perfect accompaniment to the beef. For white meat fillings, there is turkey breast with fried eggs and back bacon (UF Club Sand-Wedge) or the Asian inspired grilled breast chicken with Thai sweet chilli, lime and coriander (It’s a Birdie). Hole in One is a bagel topped with smoked salmon and cream cheese and rucola (also called rocket leaves) that tastes like an upgrade of the New York breakfast favourite of cream cheese and bagel.
Proteins are the body’s builders. They repair muscles, nerves and tissues and produces antibodies that fight infections. If you are waging a war against fatigue, having protein on your side will make you a sure winner.
Pondok Jawa Timur Indonesian Restaurant at Wilkie Edge has a selection of East Javanese cuisine which is milder than Indonesian food from other provinces. Their herbs come straight from Surabaya, capital of east Java to give you an authentic taste of the region. Meat is a great source of protein and their satay ayam (skewered barbecue chicken) is a delicious way to get your share. The grilled chicken is succulent and tender with crisp, smoky bits which add texture to the dish. Nuts are another source of protein so the peanut sauce that accompanies the satay not only tastes great; it is great for your body as well.
Nuts, eggs, emping and vegetables – all the protein you need can be found in Pondok Jawa Timur Indonesian Restaurant’s gado-gado
Vegetable lovers need not despair. Vegetables are a good source of proteins and there is no better choice than the gado-gado. What puts Pondok Jawa Timur’s gado-gado in a class of its own is the thick, nutty sauce that accompanies the dish - rich and sweet with decent chunks of nuts. Upping the protein ante is the addition of emping (nuts dried, flattened and fried into thin crackers) and boiled eggs, another source of protein.
For more vegetarian options, Fou de Fafa has salads that make for hearty meals. The quirky café (its name is French for “just to be crazy”) at Capital Tower looks like a cross between a classroom and a cosy corner. Everything here is organic - salads, pizzas, pastas, wraps, and sandwiches.
Smart and Sexy is a garden of greens, beetroot, zucchini, tomatoes, avocadoes, apples, in a sweet and tangy dressing, topped with sesame seeds and almonds. It is brimming with health with every bite and, if it lives up to its name, might just make you both smart and sexy. Not for the faint-hearted is Machoman Salad. Sweet leafy vegetables tossed with tender chicken breast meat, sausages, cheese and crispy Nacho chips and flavoured with curry cream, this salad is a riot of colours, tastes and textures.
Drink to a Sugar High
For a small set-up, Fou de Fafa also boasts a surprisingly large drinks list that takes up half its menu. If you need a quick burst of energy, fruit and vegetable juices offer an easy way out because they are full of proteins, vitamins and natural sugars and this charming French bistro will spoil you with their choices. Magic potions, juices, iced, and snowed drink that feature anything from bananas, a great energy source to beetroot, mint, apple, avocado, tomato – they are all healthy and refreshing.
Chouette is a mix of pineapple, orange and mint leaves. BananaMoo has bananas, milk, vanilla, and mango syrup garnished with almonds which are the most nutritious of nuts. If you do not mind the taste of raw beetroot, you can order Lifeline which blends beetroot with apple, cucumber, lemon and mint. Honey is nature’s energy-booster so give Joy Joose a go. It is an ice blended concoction that uses red and green apples, honey and has a blueberry garnish.
If you need the rush that caffeine affords, Da Paolo Gastronomia has an Energy Tea specially concocted to spur you on the rest of the day. Made of mate from Argentina, green tea, muira puama from the Amazon Rainforest and hibiscus, the brew aids digestion by activating a process of fat elimination. A family of Vitamin Bs in the tea increases metabolism that is enhanced by the slow-release effect of caffeine in the tea.
With so many healthy options within CCT properties, no matter how busy you get, there is no reason not to get an energy-boosting lunch nearby that will see you through the rest of your day.
Da Paolo Gastronomia
Six Battery Road #K1-01
Tel: (65) 6535 4339
168 Robinson Road
Capital Tower #01-07
Tel: (65) 6327 8045
Pondok Jawa Timur Indonesian Restaurant
8 Wilkie Road
Wilkie Edge #01-21
Tel: (65) 6884 5853
Fou de Fafa
168 Robinson Road
Capital Tower #01-05
Tel: (65) 6327 9418