No surprises that most of the healthy eating places in Mumbai are in Bandra, but I'll avoid making any obvious hipster jokes about it. From north to south then:

1.Yoga House: Nargis Villa, Sherly Rajan Road, Bandra West. 022 6554 5001. Mon-Sun 8:00am - 10:00pm.

Of course, they have the mandatory salads and juices, but the menu is wider than that, thank heavens. From quinoa burgers to brown rice and tofu dishes, the Yoga House menu embodies the spirit of healthful living. The space is gorgeous, the seating is inviting, and the food is certainly delicious. It's definitely worth making a dinner or lunch date at the cafe at the Yoga House.

2.The Birdsong Café: Behind American Express Bakery, Waroda Rd, Ranwar, Bandra West. 022 2642 2323. Mon-Sun 10:00am - 8:00pm.

Started by Jennifer Mallick, who is already well known for her work with gluten-free desserts and breads, this little eatery has fabulous desserts and some healthy twists on old favorites like quiche and stew. Try the blondies, try the teas, their take on old favorites like quiche - hey, try everything. It's all fresh and the recipes are modified to be less calorific.

3.Suzette: St. John Street, Pali Hill, Bandra West. 022 26411431. 9:00am to 10:40pm and Ground Floor, Atlanta Building, Nariman Point. 022 22880055. 9:00am to 11pm (Sunday Closed)

Most of Suzette's crepes are made with imported organic buckwheat and all their ingredients are fresh and wholesome. Their portion sizes are perfect. And with the mix and match option to build your own salad or crepe, you can customize what you'd like to indulge in -- and what you're better off without. Go with flavourful options like sundried tomatoes and olive tapenade and omit the cheese. Finish off with a lovely rooibus tea.

4.Eat Around the Corner: 24th & 30th Road Junction, Opposite St Theresa's Boys High School, TPS III, Bandra West. 022 26002665. 7:00am to 1:00am.

Their sister concern, Churchgate's Pizza By the Bay has a limited number of salad and soup options, as well.

Let me start with a caveat: everything on their menu isn't healthy. Along with their famous soup and salad combos, which I do recommend, they also serve burgers and calorie-loaded desserts. Try to keep the food blinkers on. Opt for their broth-based soups and get the lighter salads that are flavored with vinegar and olive oil, not dunked in mayo, and you should be okay. They offer many healthy sandwich fillings - go with the lean meats or veggies on a multigrain bread, keep your portion sizes reasonable and you can reserve the right to sneer at the burger chompers.

5.Kofuku: Level 2, Kenilworth Shopping Arcade, Linking Road, Bandra West. 022 67105105. 12:00pm to 3:00pm, 6:00pm to 11:45pm

Japanese people have the world's highest life expectancy and part of the reason is their diet - rich in fish, it usually steers clear of the so-called bad fats. If you're a sushi fan or even curious about it, try the fishy delights at Kofuku. Start with a bowl of vegetarian miso soup, which will load you up on amino acids, Vitamin B, and probiotics from the soy yeast. Even though sushi is traditionally served with white rice, the fresh cuts of fish are high in omega 3 fatty acids. The seaweed and ginger are loaded with nutrients and also help cut cholesterol. And unless you load up on the spicy mayo, your meal will be pretty low-calorie.

Food for thought? I hope so! Image Courtesy: Glow Images

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