By Suchita Salwan
Of the many gastronomic surprises that GK II’s M Block Market has thrown our way, Nutritious Nation, for me, is a pleasant addition that’s been consistently good. This hole in the wall healthy foodie’s paradise has been around for quite a while now, and you've read about it before here. I’ll be honest - I thought it would shut shop sooner than later; and not because the food isn’t good. Burying popular perceptions of nutritious food, this little haunt has a massive menu, packed with salads, breakfast bowls, sandwiches and burgers, wraps, high protein smoothies and juices. The inkling of doubt had more to do with if this small take-away joint could stand tall against the burgeoning 3 floor establishments that crowd M Block market.
As I found out recently, I’m not the only one perpetually looking for balanced meals and smoothies that do not use ice cream.
Lean Mean Machine
Nutritious Nation has a single agenda - deliver food that’s packed with nutrients, is balanced, and doesn’t taste like diet food. Based on my understanding of diets, the menu seems like it caters to those who are reasonably fit or at least work out a couple of times a week. It doesn’t eliminate carbs or fat; the gourmet sandwiches and wraps use healthier alternatives to white bread, mayo, cheese and other fattening elements found in fast food joints. The Peppery Paneer Sandwich I ordered came with low fat cottage cheese, fresh veggies, and green coriander chutney, and the multigrain bread wasn’t grilled in butter or olive oil. The menu also clearly specifies the calorie content of each item, with a break down of fat, carbs, protein and fiber. The Vegan Garden Salad and Tuna Delight Sandwich are other hits; and they’re all freshly prepared and packed to take away, or be home-delivered. I found the portions pretty generous - I had to split the sandwich with my mum, and I had my half with a glass of freshly squeezed sweet lime and apple juice. I’m also a big fan of the Berry Boost smoothie served here, which blends strawberry protein, skimmed milk, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries.
What’s especially noteworthy is how inventive their menu is. I’m particularly keen on digging in to the Veg Protein Burger that’s made from a patty of tofu and lentils, the Fish Cake Wrap that has fish tikka as its core protein, and Hazelnut Café Mocha, which reads like dessert but doesn’t sit around the waist like dessert.
“It’s not a diet. It’s not a phase. It’s a lifestyle change”
I’m borrowing this quote from Nutritious Nation’s Facebook page; and it perfectly sums up my experience. With ample options for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians, Nutritious Nation is a one stop for gym rats, fitness enthusiasts and even those who couldn’t give two hoots about diets, mostly because the food just tastes really good. That said, it would be silly to chow down a salad, a wrap, and a high protein shake all in one go in the name of health food - managing portions is still important.
Notes in our Little Black Book |
If you’re in the vicinity and are looking to grab a meal that’s fresh, healthy, and is as good for you as it tastes. Had a butt kicking workout? Get a hold of one of their high-protein shakes. They also home-deliver.
Where: M 45 Ground Floor, Greater Kailash Part II Main Market
Contact: 011 41587722, 9312264493
Timings: 8.30am to 11pm
For more information, have a look at their Facebook page here.
Image Courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/NutritiousNation