Following a special diet and having balanced meals every single day seems to be a great idea. However, sticking to such a diet and being satisfied with the little calories of this “balanced food”, might be a boring idea for some people, and eventually, they end up returning to the old, bad eating habits. But fortunately, good nutritious awareness has recently increased among society, and restaurants now try to cater to such need by offering healthy meals that can satisfy people following diets or trying to improve their eating habits.
In our article today, we will introduce you to one of the leading restaurants that adopted the idea of serving the most beloved food with the least possible calories and the highest nutritious value at the same time: Under500 Restaurant, in Dubai. Obviously, the 500 is referring to the number of calories in the meal, and the restaurant was started with this great concept of offering meals that contains less than 500 calories.
Admitting that he hasn’t always had a great relationship with healthy food and good eating habits, Mahmoud Bartawi, the creative mind behind the concept of this restaurant, says that it was only in recent years that he realised the importance of a healthy diet.
He tells The National website: “I was forced to eat fruits when I was a child and developed a fear of fruits because it was always associated with a negative feeling,” he says. “I have always been athletic. However, eating healthy was not a habit I was accustomed to. After spending countless years of my life exercising, I realised that the easiest way to look good was to eat right.”
Mahmoud Bartawi, who holds a degree in business from the American University of Sharjah and a master’s in international business from the University of Wollongong in Dubai, said that he developed the idea with his childhood friend Fadi Ghaly after they realised that “there was a gap in the market for an ”affordable, great-tasting, healthy-food concept”.
Under500 is redefining the healthy food with an interactive concept that combines high quality ingredients, open kitchens and industrial chic atmosphere in a fast casual setting, and it offers a wide selection of delicious, wholesome and healthy meal options under 500 calories.
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