Travelling to India next year? Or already living there and looking for some health hubs to check out? Here’s our health blogger’s guide to India.

Goa

Prana Café

Housed in a quiet lodge at Ashwem, Prana Café is my favourite spot in Goa. The Prana Café is run by Jill and her partner Rahul who also run a surf school alongside their cute café that’s open for breakfast and lunch. The superfood cocktails are satisfying and delicious – I loved the tofu avocado banhmi, chia pudding pots, and eggs with avocado. You can take a surfing lesson with Ryan post brekkie, or try your hands at SUP Yoga.

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Puttu Café

Nestled away on a quiet stretch of Vagator lies a cute café run by Lee and her fiancé Arunoday Singh (who helps out a lot). They serve a wicked eggs benedict but have healthier options like smoothie bowls, hot porridge, gluten-free pancakes and nourishing smoothies. I liked everything I ate here but I would definitely eat their smoothie bowls again.

Nattis Naturals

Another cute space in Anjuna, with a store front for organic healthy cookies and a café for delicious gluten-free fare. The café, run by Natasha or Natti, is a life coach from Bangalore who believes that food is the best medicine. Her predominantly vegetarian menu has gluten-free sandwiches, smoothies, acai berry milkshakes, vegan desserts and more.

Mumbai

bowl barBowl Bar

I got to know about Marissa Bronfman’s gorgeous smoothie bowls and chia puddings on Instagram and I was hooked.  Bowl Bar in Pali Hill dishes out the most impeccably presented chia puddings, overnight oats and smoothie bowls. Head here or order online to get your weekly dose of antioxidants and immune-boosting superfoods that are almost too pretty to eat.

Bombay Salad Co

This popular lunch spot is always full of digital nomads, yoginis and healthy eaters. They have a build your own salad bar, kale and avocado salads as well as a comprehensive menu for smoothies, cold-pressed juices and grain-free desserts. We love the ‘goan’ salad with spicy chorizo or the ‘hipster’ with kale, quinoa and cranberries.

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Protein Bake Shop

If you are counting carbs and sugar but still looking to indulge in something decadent, then head to the Protein Bakeshop. Nutritionist Rashi Choudhary has created a range of desserts, granola and bars with whey and cereal substitutions to allow you to indulge mindfully. Their instagram feed is absolutely drool-worthy and I’m in love with the peanut butter bars. Good news for frequent travellers, they have opened shop in Dubai too.

Sequel: Bistro and Juice Lounge

This free-from cafe has options for vegans, the gluten intolerant and it’s also amazing if you’ve recently gone dairy and sugar free. We’ve been hearing regulars sing praises of their brekkie options replete with plenty of avocado toast, gluten-free sandwiches and eggs benedict, complete with a generous dollop of hollandaise. The dessert offerings look absolutely sinful and decadent but are made without gluten and no added sugar. We can’t wait to get our hands on the bitter chocolate cake with raspberry.

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Birdsong Organic Café

This cheerful café in Bandra west has lots of natural sunlight, comfortable seating, friendly staff and some delicious coffee. 90% of their food comes from organic farms and they focus largely on local produce. They whip up some delectable gluten-free cakes and desserts. I highly recommend their hot gluten-free pasta and pancakes when you feel like indulging mindfully.

Their USP is that everything is made fresh to order, and they don’t use any preservatives,  grains or  refined sugars. We can’t get enough of the protein bars, grain/gluten/dairy/yeast free bread, protein cheesecake and both the paleo and protein grain-free granola.