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Our Definitive Guide to Eating Clean and Healthy At Home

You’re resolved to eat healthy in 2018, and save the planet, too. First thing to do is stock your pantry with all-natural, local food products from our list of shops and groceries below. Or if you don’t have time to cook, then check out our selection of food delivery services that provide delicious meals on a weekly basis. There’s no more excuse not to get healthy this year!



Down to Earth

Makati Curb Holdings, Unit J, G/F 7433 Yakal Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City

This family-owned farm in Bukidnon specializes in biodynamic vegetables and herbs, and also raises cattle, pigs, chickens and more, in a loving environment?that doesn’t use antibiotics, growth-inducing hormones or GMO feeds, and instead allows them to freely graze around the farm to feed on local grass. You’ll find fresh cuts of locally-raised, grass-fed cattle and heritage free-range pork, lamb, and poultry; preservative- and nitrate-free cured or?smoked meat products; edible flowers; heirloom and miniature vegetables and micro greens; dairy products; ready-made sauces and pickled side dishes; and ready-to-serve, paleo and ketogenic meat dishes and stews.


ECHOStore, IG: @echostore

This retail store carries natural, organic and environment-friendly products carefully selected from local farmers and producers, as well as marginalized cultural minority groups around the country. Most products may be purchased at all their branches as well as online, but fresh produce is only available at the Serendra outlet. You’ll find organic grains such as brown rice and adlai; fair trade coffee and tea; natural sweeteners like coco sugar and coco nectar; salad dressings and dips; natural salts; grass-fed meat and free-range chicken; local chocolates; vegetarian products; ready-to-eat bottled goods such as tuyo, dulong, and crab paste; and healthy snacks like edamame and mushroom chicharon.


Edgy Veggy

Located along one of Kapitolyo’s hip streets, this colorful café belies the “greenness” of its vegan and gluten-free menu. Guests can take home frozen, ready-to-eat dishes, high-energy snacks, flavored rice packs, bottled sauces and guilt-free desserts.


Holy Carabao Holistic Farms

ISIP Philippines Building, 6241 Palma corner Manalac Streets, Poblacion, Makati City (delivery available)

Holy Carabao Holistic Farms grows fresh fruits and vegetables without fertilizers and pesticides in their Laguna and Batangas farms. From their partner farms, they also offer grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, and dairy products from grass-fed and naturally raised carabaos. Pantry staples for sale include biodynamic black and brown rice varieties, coco and muscovado sugars, palm vinegar, wild honey from Palawan, cacao powder, salt, and our locally-grown adlai or Job’s Tears, a high protein, uber-rich grain that’s also gluten-free. The Holy Carabao Farm Kitchen line consists of salad dressings and vinaigrettes, kale and arugula pesto sauces, ready-to-eat salads, and black heritage cochinillo to order.


Real Food PH

Molito Lifestyle Mall, Madrigal Avenue corner Commerce Avenue, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa

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A collaboration among ?four women who wanted nutritious, organic, and preservative-free food for their families, this one-stop shop in Molito Lifestyle Mall in Alabang makes shopping for healthy ingredients easy and hassle-free. Most products are sourced locally from vendors and producers who have the same values as its owners. You’ll find organic eggs; grass-fed beef; gluten-free bread, cookies and pastries; cheeses; hard-to-find heirloom vegetables and fruits; tasty snacks like crunchy granola and root crop chips; unsweetened nut butters; cold-pressed juices; and vegan food.


Ritual Organic Grocery?

2/F Languages Internationale Building, 926 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City,

This modern sari-sari?s tore sells not only eco-friendly, organic products for the home, but also carries kitchen staples and other items thoughtfully chosen to help local farmers and producers. Items may be purchased in bulk in reusable glass bottles. Or bring your own when you come back for a refill (plastics not allowed in the store!). You’ll find flavored vinegars from various regions; muscovado and coconut sugar; coarse, flavored sea salt; nuts and cacao nibs; local coffee beans; baking soda; dried or powdered herbs and spices; and coconut-based, chemical-free home and kitchen cleaning products.



Meals on Wheels

This meal delivery service specifically caters to Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre clients who each have their own personalized Eating Plan prescriptions. This ensures that Cohen clients who might not have the time or skill to cook their own healthy meals are able to achieve their weight loss goals with ease.


Paleo Manila

If you’re one of those interested in shifting? to a Paleolithic diet,? this is the best place? to start, as they start from a 5-day meal plan up to 120 days. Meals are gluten- and grain-free, made without preservatives and all natural, using seasonal ingredients that are locally sourced. Portions may be adjusted upon client’s request. Best part is their online and phone consultation service for clients who need nutritional advice.


The Sexy Chef

One of the pioneers in customized meal delivery service, Chef Barni Alejandro-Rennebeck’s diet food service has grown considerably since it was established in 2004. Nutritionists tailor each dish to address a client’s dietary requirements and preferences, creating a variety of options available.


Yes Plate

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Formerly “Healthy Eats by Chef Jam Melchor,” this lunchbox delivery service helps clients lose weight the healthy way. Touted as an “anti-fast food” option, meals are based on daily calorie requirements but are still delicious and satisfying.


A longer version of this article appeared in FOOD Magazine, Issue 3, 2017

Photo by Jar Concengco