Healthy beginnings

Sandeep Pappula, Nishka Choraria

Step Up
Club Crest

Chennai’s newestsocial club is also its hottest fitness destination. Launched in September this year, Club Crest brings in fitness and wellness under one roof. With majestic archways constructed out of recycled elevator crates, the 15,000 sq ft space offers something to every kind of fitness enthusiast. A 25-foot climbing wall, running track, pilates machine, a dedicated spa and juice bar-everything is housed conveniently in a space called Cathedral of Fitness. In addition to that, there is the Whatever Room which hosts group classes like TRX and Kettle Bell.

Helmed by Nishka Choraria, 23, vice president, marketing and business development, the centre also curates group fitness experiences. Celebrity trainer and fitness director, Sandeep Pappula, 27, who has worked with Arun Vijay and Vishwanathan Anand, focuses on goal-oriented fitness regimes with members. “We have four programmes-Build, Burn, Balance and Transform-based on your requirement,” he says. “There’s also a dedicated nutrition and physio therapy room for an all-round fitness experience as well,” adds Choraria.

At phoenix market city, velachery
Tel 9854330684
Price on request

Ritika Agarwal of Rawmazing. Photo: Sumanth Kumar

Meal in a Bowl
Rawmazing

A Buddha bowl tobring some zen into your life or a quinoa sushi salad to keep your cravings at bay-salads by Ritika Agarwal don’t just promise you a quick, healthy meal but look like bowls of sunshine too. With a back ground in catering, Agarwal, 42, would experiment with exotic ingredients and cui sines at home. Her brand, Rawmazing, began with a request from a friend. “She asked me to make her salads five days a week and got together a set of ten people who were willing to order. I started with simple foil con tainers in 2016,” she says.

The salad meals were an instant hit and her subscrip tion service soon had many more takers. She now delivers them thrice a week without once repeating a salad in a month. “They are all low carb with no preservatives or cream and are balanced with good fats and protein,” she says. Ingredients such as green leafy vegetables are brought in from Ooty and microgreens from Mumbai.

She pairs leaves such as arugula and Romaine lettuce with grains like quinoa and Israeli couscous. While oriental cuisine is her forte, Italian, Vietnamese, Chinese and Korean flavours make their way in her salads too. All vegetarian, the salads are delivered at lunch time only.

Tel 9790775511
Price rs 3,300 onwards for a subscription of 12 salads

Senthil Kumar Balu of Wholesome Rhapsody. Photo: Jason G

Sweet surprise
Wholesome Rhapsody

Bite into apale coloured cupcake and you’ll taste flavours of fresh jackfruit and banana. Moist and mildly sweetened, Senthil Kumar Balu, 32, will quickly give away the secret ingredient and assure you refrigeration won’t leave it dry and crumbly. If you thought a diet and dessert don’t go together, Wholesome Rhapsody will make you rethink this. Made using millet, ragi, buckwheat and amaranth flour and sweetened with co conut or palm sugar, they also come in unusual flavours like sapota, carrot and jackfruit.

Balu, a cancer researcher turned-baker, didn’t set out to make a career in food. A cake baked on a whim while he was working as a researcher in Australia got him thinking about ‘food as therapy’ and all the people who couldn’t have dessert because of dietary restrictions. “I used my re search methodology to arrive at recipes. First it was the ma jor ingredients being replaced for healthier alternatives, then minor things like flavour came into place,” he says. Fruit puree is used for flavour and home made cream cheese work well as a topping. At Wholesome Rhapsody you can order cakes, cupcakes, jar desserts, sweet and savoury cookies with no preservatives or artificial colouring and customised desserts based on your diet. “I’ve made cakes for cancer patients using ingredients like turmeric and citrus pectin that are anti-cancer actives,” he says.

Tel 9176728176
Price Rs 1,650 per kg onwards

Shruti nair reddy of ananta Spa. Photo: Jason G

Wellness Stop
Ananta Spa

With as many as 24 centres around the country and five upcoming spas, Ananta Spa is the go-to destination for all your wellness needs. Besides popular therapies like the jet lag massage that focuses on improving blood circula tion and inducing peaceful sleep after long travels, there are several other new treat ments on offer. A deep tissue sports massage for athletes and post-workout needs, a wine massage, a bamboo massage, and ayurvedic treat ments have been introduced recently. “We have also made a conscious shift towards all organic products with shower gels, shampoos and some of our oils,” says Shruti Nair Reddy, 35, CEO.

Each of the spas now has a couples’ room and the new outlets have vibrant décor with separate areas for Thai therapies.

At: all ananta spa outlets tel 42611234
Price: Rs 944 onwards

Santhosh Thomas Elias of A Salad Company.Photo: Sumanth Kumar

Right Bite
A Salad Company

Once an IT professional who used to grab a quick unhealthy bite at his work desk, Santhosh Thomas Elias, 34, quit his job to start A Salad Company with an old colleague Yoga Priya, 32, targeting the IT sector to help them fulfil their nutritional needs on the go. A Salad Company is a no-fuss subscription service that focuses on providing healthy meals, while also ca tering to special diets like Keto, Paleo and more.

Meals are prepared with local ingredients, with no refined flour, sugar or preservatives. One also gets a juice shot with each portion ordered. “The juices are cold-pressed and made using age-old grandmothers’ recipes,” says Elias. The menu includes several traditional Indian recipes with healthier in gredients. All meals come with a calorie count. Alternatively, one can provide their own per-meal calorie count for them to curate a salad accordingly.

[“source-indiatoday”]