Balanced Living – Concept
Parents these days are increasingly on the look out for natural cures and supplements for their children. Words like ‘essential oils’ and ‘organic food’ are often heard during conversations between parents. Balanced Living serves as one-stop centre offering holistic and natural health support ranging from natural health consultations, family planning, health workshops & events, yoga, meditation, and detox and fasting programs etc.
On the first floor, you will find a The Living Cafe and on the second floor, you will find a retail shop carrying books, high quality health supplements, kitchen appliances and organic foods to help support the desire for a natural health care.
The Living Cafe
Now that I’ve gotten the mandatory introduction out of the way, let’s be honest. I wasn’t too sold by the healthy eating and living pitch when I first received the invitation to visit The Living Cafe. But since it was along the the new Downtown Line 2, I say bring it on! The boys love taking the new Downtown Line anyway.
And it helps that they were located right smack next to the new Sixth Avenue station.
The Living Cafe is NOT your typical cafe. They create dishes around healthy raw food concept. But don’t worry, not everything on their menu is raw – they do have cooked food for the more conservative diners like me.
On the menu, it is clearly indicated which items are raw food, vegan and vegetarian. They also provide food options for people with special dietary needs and on their menu, you can see which items are gluten-free or nut-free. Check the items on the menu carefully or seek the staff for recommendation if you have any allergy, as not all the dishes are gluten free or nut free. In fact, many of the dishes we had were very rich in nuts. (Which explains the title of this blog post.. hah!)
Now here’s a huge caveat: All items on their menu contain no red meat, no cow dairy, no white sugar, no preservatives, no additives and no artificial colorings. They use alternative natural food sources to replace conventional items like sugar and cheese. What does it mean? It means you should NOT expect the food at The Living Cafe to taste anything like the food you’re used to. It’s like you do not go to a Vegetarian restaurant and expect the meat to taste like meat – you will be sorely disappointed if you do. It’s the same thing here.
Once we arrived at The Living Cafe, the kids were presented with an ABUNDANCE of colouring materials.
The kids menu was also a colouring sheet. But not that the kids needed more colouring sheets, they had so many already!
But if you noticed, only MF was sitting at the table doing his colouring conscientiously. The little one just doodled a little and ran off. Where did he go? He went to check out the cakes in the cooler of course!
I was told that all the cakes here contained no artificial sweetener. MY has been with me on enough cafe hopping trips – I know how he gets after too much chocolate and cakes. So just to prove a point, he popped *I lost count of how many* truffle balls into his mouth and didn’t get super hyper.
The first dishes that were served were the kids meals. We tried the brown rice fried rice from the kids menu. We had the option to add chicken – which we did since we weren’t vegetarian or vegan. I didn’t expect brown rice to taste very good but I found this dish pretty fragrant. And the vegetables made it look so colourful! And I must say the portion was huge considering it was meant for kids.
Next, we had the kids pizza. Since all their food was dairy-free, the cheese on the pizza was actually macadamia cheese. “Huh, what???” You may ask. I had never heard of macadamia cheese before I stepped foot into The Living Cafe. How do you use nuts to make cheese? Not that I’ll ever bother finding out, but I love macadamia nuts so I could live with this. Though frankly MF missed his mozzarella cheese and I think he would prefer pizza from Pizza Hut. Kids.
For the adults, we started with the mushroom soup. This is not your Campbell-style cream of mushroom. It was seriously mushroom soup. Like a bowl of grounded mushrooms. The taste of mushrooms was very strong – and I enjoyed it because I love mushrooms.
We didn’t order their avocado cucumber soup but they decided to give it to us to try anyway. (May I remind you that this is a media tasting – don’t expect soup on the house when you are there.) You can have it served hot or cold and they gave us the cold version.
I have had cold soup once (not counting those that were hot but turned cold by the time you finished settling the kids and are ready to eat – I’m talking about soup that is meant to be cold to begin with) and decided then that I wasn’t a fan. But I decided to give it a second chance and concluded: I am not a fan of cold soup. Period. Furthermore this soup was super spicy!! There’s a reason ‘hot & spicy’ always comes together? ‘Cold & spicy’ just didn’t work – for me at least. But this was supposed to be one of their popular dishes, so I guess it’s just me?
Then came the salad. We had The Living Salad – which was one of their signature dishes. I’m not a salad person, but I liked this salad. It had sunflower seeds inside and I like sunflower seeds. The flaxseed chips and beet were nice additions, both for aesthetics and taste. And you can’t see it but there was avocado too. It’s like the salad of super foods!
For main dish, we chose the Taco boats. That ‘meatball’ was not meat. It was made of nuts – which I thought was super creative and delicious! And the mango salsa at the side was so fresh!! I really enjoyed this dish.
We moved on to desserts. We tried their chocolate ‘cheese’ cake. Remember they are a dairy-free and sugar-free cafe? So the cheesecake was made with nuts (like the pizza cheese earlier I guess) and sweetened with natural ingredients including almond, pecan. walnut, dates, cashew and honey. That’s quite a concoction isn’t it? The end product was pretty good. Nothing like the usual cheesecake I’ve had, just the right sweetness and very nutty.
We also had their raw tiramisu. Which looked like a tiramisu, but that’s where the resemblance ended. The ingredients included a lot of coconut with almond flour, cocoa, coffee extract and xylitol. You may like this if you like coconut because I took one bite and was like, “Woah, it’s coconut!” But I found the bottom layer too sweet for my liking and was told they used xylitol. Whatever that was, I decided I wasn’t a fan.
And last but not least, how can I not have coffee at a cafe? Even the chalkboard agreed with me.
So I got a latte. Because they are a dairy-free cafe, the staff recommended us soy milk latte. They also have rice milk and hazelnut milk available. It took a bit of getting used to, but I think I could live with my soy milk latte.
As I mentioned earlier, Balanced Living is a one-stop venue for all your natural health care needs. If you didn’t have enough of the raw food at the cafe, head over to the retail store on level 2. You can find items like the Vitamix machine which you can use to prepare your own raw foods at home.
You can also find books on raw foods and superfoods.
Premium excipient-free supplements.
Young Living essential oils – which is all the rage these days.
Epic water filter.
And a lot more. Go check it out fro yourselves! if you find it all too overwhelming and not sure how to get started, Balanced Living also provides natural health consultations.
Currently they are having a tea-time promotion:
- For every slice of cake ordered, get a free coffee or tea
- For every main dish ordered from the Kid’s Menu, get a free kid-sized smoothie
- Promo runs from now till 29 Feb 2016
- Promo is only available from Monday to Thursday, 3 – 5pm
Lunar New Year Origami Challenge
From now till 29 Feb, you can participate in their Origami challenge. Basically you write your name & contact number on the back of the origami paper provided and fold it into an origami monkey, then hang it up on the pussy willow tree. At the end of the challenge, one lucky winner will be chosen and the winner receives $50 Living Cafe voucher + 30 min express consultation with a natural healthcare practitioner!
Like I mentioned earlier, the food at The Living Cafe was nothing like what I have eaten before. It’s a bit like visiting a new kind of Vegetarian restaurant with mock food. But they are not totally vegetarian – which I thought was great because this can be a place to meet up and chill with friends who are vegetarian!
The cafe was very family-friendly, providing colouring materials to keep kids occupied. The kids meals portions were huge and I would be quite tempted to order the kids meal for myself. They also had a toilet within the cafe with a diaper-changing table.
The Living Cafe was a very refreshing change from the usual food I eat. I think it was the healthiest meal I have eaten in my life. I am pretty adventurous in my food choices and I enjoyed the meal. But the kids seemed to miss their usual cheese and milk. If you would like to try something different for a change, head down to The Living Cafe!
We have 2 sets of $50 dining vouchers for The Living Cafe to give away! To stand a chance to win, simply complete the steps below:
Step 2: Complete the Rafflecopter below:
Terms & Conditions:
- Please ensure that the name entered in the Rafflecopter matches the name of the Facebook account you use in Step 1.
- Giveaway ends on 24 Jan 2016, 2359 hours
- Vouchers will be mailed to the winners. Neither Bumble Bee Mum nor The Living Cafe / Balanced Living will be responsible for lost mail.
Have fun and good luck!
Information on The Living Cafe
Address: 779 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269758
Getting There: Sixth Avenue MRT (DT7) Exit A
- Monday to Thursday: 11am – 7pm
- Friday: 11am – 10pm
- Saturday: 9am – 10pm
- Sunday: 9am – 8pm
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