Yoga on your plate: A special treat for health enthusiasts

  • Abhinav Verma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 20, 2016 15:56 IST
International Yoga day drives city based restaurants to provide specialized menu for yoga and health enthusiasts.

It’s International Yoga Day today and city restaurants have decided to do their bit in to help celebrate the day in a healthy way. This, by introducing special yoga-based menus for people who are health conscious and have limited options while eating out.

Umang Tewari, owner of Junkyard Cafe says, “We have wanted to introduce health food at our outlets for a long time. Yoga Day gives me an inspiration to create those unique delicacies for people who also want to eat right. We are offering fusion delicacies that are less then 100 units of calorie.”

Tofu bites at Junkyard Cafe.

Some of the restaurants have gone on to introduce special salads in their menu which have high nutritional value. “Yoga helps you rejuvenate, stay young and keep the energy level high. But it’s very important to balance yoga with the right health food to lead a healthy life. So we have introduced special salad like bull salad, zucchini braised in charcoal grill and quinoa salad. These are the special introductions that contain lot of fibre and nutrients,” says Suresh Madan, founder of Imperfecto and Informal.

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Informal - Quinoa salad with pickled radishes.

However, it’s not that easy to create a special yoga-based menu. One has to consider that the food consumed needs to be light on the stomach and high on energy. Murali Krishna Parna, CEO of Sagar Ratna says, “We have come with up Payasam,Oats Dosa and Ragi Dosa. Ragi is a great source of energy and is well endowed with calcium, fibre, and other quality minerals, which help lower cholesterol. Oats are also a great breakfast meal in a better way to gain the strength and energy.”

Ragi Dosa at Sagar Ratna.

And it is not only food that is being customised. Drinks and juices are also being given a healthy yoga twist. “From shakes like Pistachio Rabri Shake, cold juices to Masala chaas, we want our guests to eat and drink healthy on this yoga day,” says Akshay Anand, owner of Hotmess Kitchen.

Cranberry Salad at Hotmess Kitchen & Bar.

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