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Sun.Star Yearbook | Vegetable Shawarma at Healthy U


It is said that to be healthy, one has to pay a premium. But Healthy U defies this unwritten rule. The place feels and looks like a commonplace that I often frequent for lunch: a carenderia with a carenderia price with an atypical menu: vegetable with tofu, barbecue, menudo, torta, and bola-bola from meat substitute.

During our short conversation, the owner–a yoga and namaste instructor–narrated the categories of vegetarians. Although the difference between vegan, lacto-vegetarian, lacto-ovovegetarian, semi- or partial vegetarian rolls into a blur in my head, it is clear that vegetables unite them.


So, Healthy U evolved beef shawarma into something hearty: vegetable shawarma–yes, the same pita bread wrapping greens, cucumber, and tomatoes instead. It looks healthily colorful. It looks colorfully healthy.

While slowly chewing it, I felt fit.

The act of chewing vegetables and greens requires attentiveness because to guzzle is meat, to nibble vegetables.

Address: Tormis St., Sambag I (at Urgello near Southwestern University)

Number: (032) 511-9352 | (032) 511-9164

A part of Cebu Yearbook 2013 magazine | Redefining Healthy ChoicesVegetable Gardens at Joed’s Lutong Hapon | Healthy Thai and Viet at Lemongrass |



Jona of Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at Find me somewhere else!

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  1. Nique says:

    I am so hungry!

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