Since Sundays are now devoted to suryanamskaras in the park, we thought you might like to start Monday with this guide to some of the coolest organic and health food stores, delivery services and restaurants. You’ll never run out of a superfood again!
Fitbakes Bangalore: Trishala Ashok used to be a jewellery designer but had a change of (artichoke) heart, and is now a baker. “When I changed careers to focus on conservation I also started working out and realized that there was a market for people who loved their cakes and muffins but also were fitness-conscious,”she explains.
FitBakes began with experiments in quinoa, oats and palm sugar to make breakfast muffins and post work-out treats. All ingredients are organic, unprocessed and gluten-free, and come recommended by our fitness-nut friends as well as mums who pack these in their kids’ tiffins. Tip: FitBakes’ black bean vegan muffins are good enough to be in a fairytale. Bean stocks!
Place an order on Facebook through FitBakes page.
Khandige Organic: You’ve probably seen Khandige health products in various organic shelves in the city. Their head office and standalone store is in Konankunte, so if you don’t live close by, check out their very efficient online store and delivery service. The tiny, fragrant inventory lists herbal powders, soaps, oils and jams like Brahmi, Ashwagandha and Amla sourced from their own farms on the outskirts of Bangalore.
#63, Amruth Nagar, Konankunte. For delivery order online.
Satvik Organic: Right in the lane that leads up to Bangalore’s favourite Eat Street is this store that supplies organic milk from desi cows. Drop by for fruit, veggies, cereal, copper table-ware and a fairness cream (ugh) made of avocado, which, to do it justice, is good enough to eat.
37/1, Mallikarjun Temple Street, near DVG Road, Basavanagudi. Order online here.
Brown Tree: Chennai’s Brown Tree arrived in Bangalore three years ago with dry fruits, nuts and goji berries. The real hit may just be baked vegan snacks such as bhakerwadi, nippat and diet bhel. Our stamp of approval goes to specially procured spices, especially an earthy Ceylon cinnamon that smells of heaven.
1/72, 9th block, 26th main, Jayanagar, 08026640159.
Go Native: Chef Dhayalan Paul is trying to reduce the distance your food travels before it gets to your plate, which is the key to understanding everything we ate at Go Native. Come here for Bisibele Bath fritters, pear salad with homemade feta or a rich, healthy smoothie. As a reward, head down to their pretty boutique below for organic teas and handmade soaps.
#39, 10th main, 5th block, Jayanagar, call 9538452596.
Happy Healthy Me: This little store started by long distance runner Namu Kini & avid cyclist Misha Gill will motivate you to make all kinds of mid-year resolutions. Almost all of Bangalore’s Instagram fitness celebs can be found here taking selfies in sweats and sneakers next to the organic chickpeas and fox nuts. You’ll also see a large collection of super food powders like spirulina, moringa, barley grass and their in-house blend of greens as invincible as the Hulk. Happy Healthy Me also displays earthen kitchen ware, jute yoga mats and personal care items. #clean!
#660, 1st cross, 11 main road, Indiranagar or call 9980087706 to place an order for home delivery.
Forage Fit Food: This simple little café transports us from the chaos of Indiranagar to a zen sort of place, which a lot of the hype about this place often leaves out. Silence interrupted only by the crunch of locally grown arugula—and a date night spot that doesn’t automatically mean ten extra burpees the next morning.
318, 6th Main Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, call 080 48525250.
Vegan Arke: Vegan Arke is a start up that concentrates on providing vegan plant based supplements on delivery across the city. Their recent success catering a zero-waste vegan wedding adds big points to their credentials, just like the peanut adds a distinct nuttiness to their curd. They offer daily and weekly supplements in the form of almond milk, tofu and peanut curd and have recently started conducting vegan cooking workshops.
Log on to http://veganarke.com/ for their delivery schedule and details on subscriptions.
Organic Valley: In Kammanahattan, the only surprising thing about this store is that there’s nothing else like it in the neighbourhood. They promise chemical free greens, millets and natural energy drinks. Organic Valley also prides itself on encouraging health startups such as Yoga Jal and Soul Bakes, which is a rather cute link between neurotic techie Bangalore and zen hipster Bangalore, we think.
#26, 3rd mail, Ganesha Temple Street, Kammanahalli, 9449505961.
Peels Nut Butter Co.: When we wrote about Swetha Devraj last month, we left out the fact that her morning runs are powered by a peanut butter jar produced by Payal Kini. A fitness enthusiast herself, Payal recently started making these for her CrossFit junkie pals, and now also stocks them at Third Wave Roasters Café in Koramangala. These sugar and oil free jars come in variants of peanut and almond, feel like silk in your mouth, and will power the most brutal workout you can think of.
Contact Payal Kini on Instagram. Regular peanut butter jar starts at Rs 350.
Parisara Organic Junction: It’s almost cruel that to get to this organic store, you have to push past the aroma of CTR butter dosas. More reason to load up on baked snacks, fresh greens and jaggery. If you’re new to Bangalore, know that Parisara has been around since 2002 and promoted millets long before they became a thing. With some mixed millet flour from here, you can bake your own snacks for to go with organic evening tea.
Behind Sri Krishna Sweets, 7th cross, Malleswaram, call 08023468881.
The Organic State: Remember The Green Path in Dollars Colony, famous for its millet buffets and organic food festivals? That brand is currently being updated to include their new B&B services, but Organic State, their store in Malleswaram, is fully functional, and stocks food products, health supplements and cosmetics.
#185/1, opp. Metro station, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram.
JustBe Café: JustBe is the child of a girl who went to Gokarna seeking a cure for her chronic asthma, and “almost magically” managed to reverse her illness with diet changes. Drop in for the most delightful chocolate chia pudding in all Bangalore.
383/31, 13th cross, Sadashivnagar, call 08048538672.
Buffalo Back: The Buffalo Back community on Facebook can take a large chunk of the credit for bringing a certain order to the organic foods and produce scene in the city. With four stores in Bangalore—one just opened in Yelahanka—this place offers a wide range of brown rices, enough to keep even you on the hook.
#5, AD1 Type, 3rd cross, 3rd main, New Yelahanka Town, 9880961856
The Happy Calf: Aiding your vegan conscience is The Happy Calf in T.Dasarahalli. This small unit serves the usual suspects but its a killer spiced buttermilk made of coconut that you should really come here for.
Log on to The Happy Calf Facebook page for details or call 7760713774 to place your order.
CityZen Farming: An initiative started by Arty Plantz and Nalini Murthy in 2015, CityZen directly sources produce from their farms and neighbouring plots near Tumkur, and delivers organic and seasonal produce to homes around the city. Subscribers get to pick from juicy nati tomatoes to odd-looking papayas untouched by any design of man. They also conduct workshops on cultivating your own vegetable garden at home.
Log on to their Facebook page to for updates on inventory and delivery.
Little Green Café: We’ve already been back twice in the last week for pearl-barley risotto and decadent dark chocolate mousse. The Little Green Café also says it has India’s first eco cooling system.
9/3, Prestige Pearl House, Museum Road, call 08049653389.
Kaulige Foods: What started as packaged millet products coming straight from the fields of north Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh turned into a mini culinary school at the end of Brigade Road. Sample a millet thali lunch on weekdays, and classes on how to make various dishes at home on weekends. (Don’t miss the mixed millet dosa and tell Arun we sent you!)
#8, 1st floor, ST Patrick’s Complex, Brigade Road. For updates on workshops log on to their Facebbook page.
The Gluten-Free Bread Boutique: There’s no gluten, corn, yeast, egg, soy, sugar or GMO grain in these baked goods, we’re told. But no, they aren’t selling water: their crusty pizza bases, flavoured breads, and seasonal cakes are made from sorghum, flax seeds, amaranth, chestnut and so on. Call ahead, they only make stuff to order.
Call 09845869109or check out their Facebook page here.
Zest Bars: Vandana Machaya’s contribution to Bangalore’s fitness potluck: energy bars that are driving our himbo friends nuts. Filled with dry fruits, oats, dates and a bit of dark chocolate for energy, these bars are deliciously fudgy. “Use them as a post work out pick me up or a breakfast on the go,” she says, but you’re actually also sorted for totally sugar-free dessert with these.
Call Vandana at 9845732535 to place your orders. The cost of the bars start at Rs 80 to Rs 130.
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