Wholesome Sunday Breakfast at Eat Good Food
One of the hardest things to do as a foodie is to eat good food. And, the task has become even harder ever since I have started restaurant reviewing restaurants and eateries in Kolkata. I have always been on the lookout for some restaurant that specialises in healthy food. So, when I received an invitation to enjoy a Sunday morning breakfast at a restaurant established by none other than celebrity nutritionist Hena Nafis, I had to attend!
Wholesome Sunday Breakfast at Eat Good Food
CONCEPT OF EAT GOOD FOOD:
Our Poor Lifestyle and Eating Habits
“Eat Good Food” – the name of the place speaks for itself. We give each other this particular advice at every chance we get. We all know the importance of healthy food. But, how often do we actually follow this advice? From early in the morning to late at night, food is the one thing that we neglect the most. Amidst our lives full of nine-to-nine office work, we get into the habit of skipping meals, eating late, and gorging on unhealthy food. We don’t have the time or energy left for a home-cooked meal. Even the children develop poor eating habits, in between their school and tuitions and extra-curricular activities.
The result: Severe Health Issues and Crash Dieting
We don’t take our body seriously or think about our food habits until our medical reports or the reflections on the mirror show major issues like high blood sugar, obesity, anorexia, thyroid, PCOD, etc. Poor lifestyle, bad food, stress, health problems, obesity, lack of fitness – it’s a vicious cycle. And, that’s when we start crash dieting. Based on what little we understand from magazine articles or commercials, we start crash-dieting, with no knowledge of our body. We stop eating fats, start drinking green tea, and do many other things without any information about its possible effects.
Hena Nafis’ Effort to Give People A Solution for Healthy Food Problems
The fact is that people struggle every day with their health issues, exercise regimens and dietary plans. And dietician Hena Nafis has witnessed such struggles first hand. As a nutritionist, she has seen people work hard to stick to their plans, and yet get no result. She has seen them face body shaming, and deal with internalised body image issues. She has seen them make the slightest mistakes, and slip far away from the desired results. And most commonly, she has received requests from her patients to guide them choose the right kind of food they can eat at restaurants. To give people a place where they can eat without having to count calories or their macros, Nafis came up with Eat Good Food, a unique health food cafe for guilt-free dining.
LOCATION AND AMBIENCE:
Located in a nondescript lane diagonally opposite the Quest Mall, this health food cafe has a one-of-a-kind ambience. The whole restaurant is divided into several dining areas with themes, including one that is inspired by the traditional Japanese dining space with low tables and brick walls. The mood-lighting of the entire restaurant adds to its mystical setting. The tone of Eat Good Food made me feel like it’s a sacred place. Now that I think of it, the ambience seems only appropriate for a health food cafe, considering how our body should be treated like a temple, and the act of eating be given our religious commitment.
THE MENU AT EAT GOOD FOOD:
The Outline of the Menu
The menu at Eat Good Food is divided into three main categories: Low Calorie, Low Glycaemic and High Protein -Low Carb. You can choose to eat from a single category based on whether you want to count your calorie intake, shed weight or gain muscles. The guidance regarding choosing the right category, based on the characteristics of each, is mentioned clearly on the menu. Still not convinced? You can take a look at the macronutrient breakup of each dish! You will know exactly how much of calorie, carb, fat, and protein each item contains, so you can make an informed decision about what to eat!
Sunday Breakfast – The Amazing Items I Tried
I went to Eat Good Food for a Sunday breakfast, and was amazed to see the incredible number of options presented before me. Let’s take a look at the items I tried.
Egg Pizza – A pizza with an egg base instead of bread: what could be better? It’s low-carb, protein-packed and delish!
Egg Muffin – They looked appetising, and tasted amazing. The eggy delights had veggies, with pumpkin seeds on top!
Strawberry with Amaranth Muesli – I loved the textures from the smooth yoghurt, pulpy fruits, and crunchy muesli!
Double Choco – This was just as delicious, with a fun mix of textures! And, who doesn’t love a chocolatey breakfast?
Loaded Baked Potato:
Cottage Cheese Spinach – This savoury dish is packed with protein that replaces the fat, making it a healthy option!
Roast Chicken – A healthy dish with a low amount of fat and a high protein content, this was one of my favourites!
Potato Wedges – Juicy potato wedges, sprinkled with herbs and spices: they make a tasty and filling breakfast side.
Layered Fruit with Maple Syrup – The classic pancakes with maple syrup get a healthy twist with wheat and fruits!
Chocolate – Yet another chocolatey delight to start the day! Needless to say, it was delicious, and so energising!
Cafe Mocha – Tasty, mocha-flavoured oats made creamy without cream but by soaking the oats in milk and yoghurt!
Crisp Apple Cinnamon – A fruity version of the oats item, this one came with a lovely crunch and beautiful flavour.
Chocolate & Banana – I have never liked banana like I did in this breakfast dish, with it unique, smooth texture!
Roast Chicken – Whole-wheat ciabatta bread with a stuffing of juicy pieces of roast chicken – perfect breakfast item!
Hummus and Grilled Veggies – I didn’t quite enjoy the hummus dressing. But, it was surely another healthy option.
Immunity Booster – This small glass had beetroot, orange, carrot, apple and honey. What a healthy elixir it was!
Skin Tonic – Another nutritious mix with an inviting look and great taste, this one had carrot, cucumber and tomato!
Wholesome Food for Sunday Breakfast
Firstly, I loved the wide variety of food here.: plenty of options, just for a power-packed Sunday breakfast. What most people think us that eating wholesome food is all about starving oneself and sacrificing taste. Speaking from experience, most health cafes make such bland food that you won’t be able to gulp down. But, not Eat Good Food. The items are all different in tastes and flavours. No matter what you want for your breakfast, you’ll find a healthy, tasty version of it. Plus, the menu shows Nafis’ genuine effort to help people with their struggle to keep track of what they eat, and to eat good food.
My Personal Experience
Hena herself was present at her restaurant when I went there for the bloggers meet. I have been obsessed, for a long time, with my food intake, macronutrients, etc., after suffering from some health issues and gaining around 15 kgs in a year. I had the opportunity to talk to her about how I had followed the ketogenic diet (high fat – high protein – low carb) for a couple of months, and had to stop after I started food blogging. Thankfully, just one look at me made her say that I am now in a phase where I need to concentrate on maintaining my weight, rather than going back down the difficult road of the ketogenic diet to lose weight. She suggested that I follow the Low Glycaemic segment of her menu.
Hena Nafis’ Amazing Work has Earned My Faith
As a person who loves to eat and yet worries about eating clean, who loves to laze around and yet gets excited about new gym wear, who cares about being fit and healthy and pays no attention to shape, I think Eat Good Food is one of the best health cafes in the city at the moment. There’s another outlet of this eatery at Salt Lake, which I’m yet to visit, though I have visited an outlet of her kid’s fitness gymnasium operating in the same locality, and was thoroughly impressed by her idea. Having heard about her for years, and finally seeing her ideas in action, I have every reason to suggest Eat Good Food to the foodies who love to or have to eat out on a regular basis. You will not regret it, for sure.