Sugarleaf: A Haven of Healthy Foods That Nourish


I said to my younger cousin who is getting chubbier by the day, "You're a big girl!" She replied, "You too! So tell me something I don't know." I said, "Salad tastes good." :)

Of course, we were just teasing each other. She's one of my closest cousins and like her, I felt like pinching my own cheeks cause it's getting chubbier too. That said, we have decided to try to eat more healthily to lose weight. We usually eat tons of meat and junkfoods and throw in some healthy fats because our metabolism is crazy. We seriously love to eat. However, we know that we need to start eating more healthy... but first we need to eat all the junk food in the fridge so it's not there to tempt us anymore right? Haha Kidding aside, we'd like to become healthy eaters plain and simple. But my cousin hates eating salad or anything green and she also hates dieting.

Well,  I believe dieting shouldn't be miserable. We can still eat healthy and enjoy foods we like. Saying we can't go on a more balanced diet and eat healthy food will only make it harder. We can't just eat ANY food and stay fit and maintain our weight. I can't eat pizza or bacon everyday (although I wish I could). *wink*

I guess the best way to get in shape is eat healthy, exercise moderately and kill everyone thinner than us huh? LOL Please don't take the last part seriously. It's a joke. I know it's hard at first but it's doable to eat something healthy and yummy at the same time! And it's a FACT!

Foods that nourish..

Just a few days ago, I confirmed that eating healthy is doable when I was invited for a healthy lunch at Sugarleaf, a healthy-eats restaurant-store in Makati. It's a new haven of health located at MEDICard Lifestyle Center, Makati.

Angelo Narciso Songco
Angelo Narciso Songco, Sugarleaf's co-owner, marketing and business development head, gave a short yet interesting talk about the food at Sugarleaf. I've learned  that we can have healthier picks & choices and we don’t have to give up any of our favorite foods to be healthy.. just be mindful enough about the food that we eat and  how much we eat.

I'm not picky with food yet I barely eat healthy, finally I ate something new in my life. So I found something new and freaking healthy that I like better than water. :)

I also think I am becoming a Flexitarian! Now the question is, what the flex is a flexitarian?

To be honest, I had not heard the term flexitarian until Angelo mentioned that he's a flexitarian. So I googled  it and I found out that it is a group defined as “a vegetarian who occasionally eats meat; omnivore who mostly eat a plant-based diet but also eat animal meat occasionally." Hmmm.. I'm sure I cannot be a Vegan ever but it's possible for me to become a flexitarian too because I love salad as much as I love eating meat. That's why I thank Spanky for inviting me and I thank God I found out about Sugarleaf.

Sugarleaf has two floors, the ground  floor is a mini-mart where you can buy organic produce and healthy snacks, food products and a lot more.




Feel super with Superfood!
The second floor is perfect for an all-day dining! I love the place because it is cozy and the atmosphere is pretty laid back.

We tried some of their specials, and let me tell you, they were all delicious!

Dear Garden Greens Salad, Thank you for making me full. Love, Chelle

For some, it may look incredibly boring but for me it's a rainbow of colorful green and purple of beet root, carrot, romaine,lettuce and cucumber... all bursting with phyto-nutrients, vitamins and minerals.  I really enjoyed a hearty helping of fresh organic vegetables with a variety of homemade dips and dressings. I tried the 3 available dressings;  blueberry, lemon balm and passion fruit. The last one was my fave and the others just gave me a sour and weird taste.  The tossed salad of fresh-picked colors where the beets bring out a sweet, earthy flavor in the veggie, goes with everything.

Now these... these are yummy, healthful meals that you can eat to your heart's desire and simply get more and more health benefits.

Mango with Organic Pesto Php 148
A dish that pleases my eyes as much as my tongue.
Iberico Joselito Belota Chorizo Php 228
               

Norwegian Smoked Salmon & Dill Php 158 I love the chips to bits! :)
Wrap it up with some Goody wraps! Crabstick & Mango is YUM! Php 188
Smoked Fish Php 238
Mix Berry Goody Kefir-chia Smoothies PhP 150
Chugged and washed it all down with a few glasses of  smoothies; Mix Berry Goody Kefir-chia Smoothies, Choco-Banana Organic Soya-Chia Milkshakes and Strawberry Organic Soya-Chia Milkshakes. They're all refreshingly good and creamy, packed with billions of healthy probiotics and powered up with superfood. Yummy in my tummy!


After lunch, don't forget to treat yourself with guilt-less, low glycemic desserts and Jello's Coco-Kefir ice cream which is also available for takeout. 

Most flavours are vegan for lactose intolerant customers. I was able to try Jello's Coco Kefir Ice Cream and  Vegan Cherry Pistachio and Vegan Vanilla Bean.  The taste of the coconut milk in the Vegan vanilla bean  ice cream is so rich and distinct. You won't miss it! The texture is perfect and nutrition is not sacrificed as coco-kefir gives the creaminess and beneficial probiotics all in one go. :)

My cup of  Jello's Coco Kefir Ice Cream is bright, creamy and playful in color, this dessert can pair well with anything! Yummy!

Oh and don't forget to take home some sweety pies for your sweety pie!
So guys, rather than the typical bottles of beer, fried meat, canned and processed food, why not try something new that truly nourishes? Something healthy. For a change.

Nothing taste as good as healthy feels...Your healthy food choices have a lot to do with your overall health.. So let's eat wisely and feed our family with foods that nourish. Try Sugarleaf and you won't get disappointed.  If you're too lazy to go there, then I got good news for you because they have quick delivery too! Just call 2121212!

Will drop by at Sugarleaf soon... with my dear cousin of course!  SO guys, give this place a visit, because my friend, you will be a happier and healthier person once you have! :)

Like Sugarleaf on Facebook HERE and follow them on Twitter @sugarleafph.

Branches:
Makati
G-2/F MEDICard Lifestyle Center,
51 Paseo de Roxas corner
Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, makati City

San Juan
G/F Health Cube Building,
226 Wilson Street, West greenhills,
San Juan, Metro Manila