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A guide to healthy eating in Qatar

From diet menus at many eateries to specialized restaurants serving wholesome meals, its never been easier to eat your way through Qatar, while continuing to stay healthy.  

Qatar places a lot of emphasis on a healthy lifestyle for its residents. In addition to a national holiday dedicated to sports, award winning sports facilities, picturesque parks and numerous sport and health-based initiatives, the country offers a plethora of healthy dining options. These include farmers markets and organic food stores to custom diet meal subscriptions plans.  

Evergreen Organics

Qatar’s first completely plant-based café Evergreen Organics has been offering fresh vegan dishes for the health conscious since 2016. Favourites include breakfast and all-day menus as well as a cleanse menu that consists of fresh cold pressed juices, elixirs, and shots.

Must try: Sprouted spelt and buckwheat pancakes and the Kimchi Shot

Locations: Hamad International Airport and at Qanat Quartier at The Pearl.

 

High angle view of three blended fruit smoothies in glass jars surrounded by colorful fresh fruits on dark wood table. DSRL studio photo taken with Canon EOS 5D Mk II and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Green and Go

Democratising healthy eating, the founders of Evergreen Organics have created a new brand exclusively within metro stations.  Commuters have no excuse to eat poorly, healthy and affordable meals on the go are readily available at ‘Green and Go’.

Must try: Avocado breakfast bagel

Locations: DECC metro station, Education City metro station, Qanat Quartier.  

Delicious bagel toast with avocado slices. Healthy breakfast, top view

Chef’s Garden

Situated inside Education City, Chef’s Garden is a dining oasis. Serving locally sourced dishes with fresh organic ingredients, and with its very own farm within the grounds of Marwan Club, it is committed to the farm-to-table concept.

Free from MSGs, hydrogenated fats and controversial additives, the restaurant serves an extensive breakfast menu using free-range eggs and an all-day dining menu with fresh vegetarian, seafood, and meat entrees.

Must try: Velvety asparagus and spinach soup and summer’s bounty salad

Location: Education City

Green asparagus cream soup with herbs

Baladna

This organic café serves authentic Arabic dishes made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients from Baladna’s own farm. Cooked with minimal spices in a brick oven, the restaurant serves meat dishes, freshly baked bread, and a variety of fresh mezzeh (salads, cheeses, and dips). One can also purchase cheese, jams, pickles, and fresh produce from Baladna farms from its restaurants.

Must try: Humus Agar Mango and grilled kibbeh

Locations: The Pearl, Mall of Qatar and Baladna farms

Hummus with tahini. Tahini is a condiment made from toasted ground hulled sesame seeds.
Kibbeh - İçli Köfte

Dean & David

Inspired by the food travels of David Baumgartner, the founder and CEO of German chain Dean & David, has a branch in The Pearl Qatar. The fresh food and superfood experts, the restaurant serves dishes that retain the freshness and nutrition of their ingredients, so patrons can feel virtuous while eating their salads, sandwiches, curries, superfood smoothies and bowls.

Must try: Good Life Bowls

Locations: West Bay and Sidra Hospital 

grüner Salat (Feldsalat, Ruccola, baby Spinat, Lollo, Rote Beete Blätter) mit Avocado und Lachs

Freshii

Seeing the growing health food market in Qatar, international chain Freshii has joined the local health food scene. The restaurant serves a breakfast menu and a main menu with seven food categories including bowls, burritos, salads, wraps, soups, smoothies & juices. Keto dishes, turmeric juices, Energii Bites and low-fat frozen yoghurts, with each boasting its own fan base.

 Must try: Huevos, superfood soup, Pangoa bowl

Locations: C Ring Road and Al Matar Street

Huevos Rotos with fried potatoes and hamclose-up in a plate on the table. Horizontal top view from above
Fresh vegetables, fruits, and nuts on gray background

Torba

Located within Education City’s magnificent Ceremonial Court, the seasonal Torba farmers market sells locally grown produce, ready-to-eat food and drinks, as well as artisanal goods. A number of food stalls from established restaurants, small business owners as well as homebased chefs sell healthy food and beverages at the market. The market is online through the year, and during winter, comes offline.  Operating on weekends Torba market is a favoured community spot, to enjoy the outdoors, shop for fresh produce and share a meal or snack with friends and family.

Must try: cold pressed organic juices, home-baked granola

Location: Education City

Top view of a rustic table filled with green fruits and vegetables for a perfect detox diet. At the left of an horizontal frame is a glass with fresh green smoothie and a large variety of fruits and vegetables are all around it. Predominant color is green. Low key DSRL studio photo taken with Canon EOS 5D Mk II and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Dieture

A growing trend in Qatar are the catering companies that deliver meals prepared according to special dietary requirements. Dieture is one such full-service diet centre operated by JW Marriott Marquis CCD that prepares diet menus with food portions measured to each subscribers’ required calories and macros. Every meal comes with a detailed nutrition breakdown. With a wide variety of cuisine and food choices, there are special menus for classic diet, keto diet, athletes and even Ramadan.

Must try: Keto Korean prawns and vegetable curry masala

Location: Abu Hamour and West Bay

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Mixed vegetable Goan curry with basmati rice, Indian food. Top view.

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