Eating healthily in Cairo is not always the easiest thing to do. Every step you take in this city, you’re hit by the smell of something fabulously bad for you, and there are entire supermarket aisles seemingly dedicated to giving us diabetes. What we have here though is a list of stores, restaurants and brands that make making the right choice an easier and much more tantalising prospect.
Nature’s Gift Shop is an online store for all your healthy living needs and a life saver for those trying to go gluten-free in this city. They deliver fresh, organic products straight from the farm to your doorstep, offers chemical and hormone-free meat and poultry, and sea-farmed salmon.
Designed especially for health-conscious cooking enthusiasts, Gourmet stocks ingredients, spices and condiments that you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere, in addition to an extensive range of cheese and, of course, their Australian beef. Basically, this is the place you go to when you want to try out a more esoteric recipe. They also offer cooking classes with professional chefs.
Not just vegan, but gluten-free and organic as well, The Vegan Kitchen has a special place in the heart of everyone who’s ever gone to a restaurant to pick at a bowl of lettuce while their friends had a wealth of options to choose from. The restaurant serves super-healthy, vegan takes on our favorite dishes such as fruit sushi, lentil and mushroom burgers, and red velvet cake made with beetroot; it’s enough to make even the most hardened carnivore leave satisfied.
GoodCals offers salads that are actually filling in addition to pasta, wraps and sandwiches for those who just need their carbs. And when their carb-based options are only slightly more calorific than their salads, even those on strict diets can order them with no guilt. The fact that the salads come packaged beautifully is just the cherry on top.
Lettuceat are on a mission to rebrand lettuce; from lowly leaf tarnished by bowl upon bowl of wilting, soggy salads, to bedrock of a gourmet experience, and they’re doing a pretty good job. Each salad comes served with a hunk of wholegrain bread and dressing to round out the experience.
Their main claim to fame seems to be their line of herbal teas that have become so mainstream you don’t even think of them as organic. However, gracing the produce section of any major supermarket, you’ll find a selection of their fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, and frankly, with our salads, we’d prefer to OD on nutrients rather than chemicals.
7. Wadi Food
Renowned for their olives and olive byproducts, and rightfully so, Wadi Food also has a few outlets of its own where you can find their fresh organic produce. But let’s get real here, their olive paste’s enough reason to love them.
8. Farmers Markets
Farmers Markets seem to be popping up with more frequency lately and they make a great opportunity to go shopping for all your healthy living needs in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Your money would also be going mostly towards small businesses, NGOs and craftspeople. Nūn Center hosts one every Saturday while the Healthy Living & Farmers Market is held monthly at either Arkan or the Katameya Heights Clubhouse.
9. Bio Shop
While their products range from skincare to food to home accessories to clothes, they’re especially great for finding grains of the sort that are quite difficult to find elsewhere in Cairo, such as quinoa, and healthy frozen foods such as veggie burgers. They also occasionally stock tofu. Try their brown rice and pasta for a healthier but no less tasty twist on the norm.
A build your own salad bar that knows that the best way to follow up your salad is with frozen yogurt. Tagammo’ residents should consider themselves blessed.