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One of the topics my older brothers and I often discuss is food and nutrition. I’m far from being the healthiest eater in the world, but I consciously try to make sure I choose the better option when we dine out. One time when my brothers and I were chatting online (we no longer live in the same house), I told them that there was a stall in Robinson’s Magnolia’s food court which claims to serve healthy 300-calorie meals. I told them I’ll give it a try when I visit that mall and give them my opinion afterwards.

Last Tuesday, my parents and I had some free time and Dad said he’d like to re-visit Robinson’s Magnolia to relax from work. It was the perfect opportunity to try Zigla! since my parents didn’t have any particular place they wanted to dine at. I was surprised when my parents said that they’d try Zigla! too since I was expecting them to buy stuff from other food stalls. I was worried since my parents aren’t used to eating such meals, but they insisted.

ZIGLA photo 20140311_111131_zpscf5a251d.jpg

ZIGLA_buzzer photo 20140311_111409_zps27809870.jpgAfter you pay for the stuff you ordered, you’re given this buzzer.

ZIGLA_ photo 20140311_111820_zps9f866c74.jpgMy Dad went with a serving of the Mexican Beef Wrap (Php165.00). It was served like this…

ZIGLA_mexican beef wrap photo Zigla_MexicanBeefWrap_zps6316acf3.jpgand, once opened, this is what you’ll see. According to Zigla!’s menu, this is made of ground beef, romaine lettuce, tomato sauce and yogurt, all wrapped in olive oil tortilla. I’m no nutritionist, but they say this one is equal to 430 calories.

As expected, this wasn’t something that my Dad liked. He said that there was nothing special to it and that it tasted bland. I couldn’t verify his claims since I don’t eat beef, but I guess we should have asked for the staff to sprinkle a bit of salt since Zigla! doesn’t add salt to their proteins. It was a good thing that Dad has already eaten a bit of something before we left our store, or he would’ve been really annoyed with this dish.

ZIGLA_wrapping photo 20140311_111843_zpsfe8e7806.jpgMom and I got something different from Dad and both of our meals were served looking like this.

ZIGLA_meatball pasta photo 20140311_111859_zpse6bece86.jpgMom went with the Meatballs Pasta (Php185.00), which was supposed to be made of gluten-free spaghetti. I wasn’t sure if the meatballs were made from beef, so I didn’t ask to try some of it either. Mom said she didn’t like this one too much because it was just predominantly sweet. She was looking for some other flavor to balance the sweetness but couldn’t find it.

ZIGLA_chicken rice photo Zigla_ChickenRice_zpsc6785b9d.jpgMy chosen meal for lunch was this serving of Chicken Rice (Php199.00): Chunks of free range chicken breast, topped with barbecue sauce. This was served with black rice and was supposed to be at 300 calories.

Since it was served with barbecue sauce, I already knew that my dish was going to be on the sweeter side as well. I don’t mind eating stuff like this since I’m quite used to eating chicken breast and red/brown/black rice (thanks to my brother’s influence). I will, however, be honest and say that I didn’t think it was very delicious; it was just so-so.

ZIGLA_juices photo Zigla_juices_zps7384b6bd.jpgTheir Juice Blends, on the other hand, were fantastic. Everyone agreed that they tasted great, except for the green one (I was the only one who liked that). They have several different kinds available, but we just tried three. Here’s a breakdown of what each of the ones we tried had mixed inside:

Yellow (Php125.00): Pineapple + Apple + Celery + Lemon + Ginger. This was supposed to aid digestion and is at 100 calories per bottle. This was Mom’s favorite.

Green (Php199.00): Kale + Parsley + Apple + Celery + Lemon. This was supposed to boost your immune system and fight cancer. Again, it’s at 100 calories per bottle.

Orange (Php185.00): Orange + Carrots + Celery + Lemon. An antioxidant and anti-ageing drink; also at a 100 calories per bottle. This was my original drink before Dad traded his green one with the orange one.

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ZIGLA_cookies photo 20140311_111511_zps092d9a29.jpgFor those who are into cookies and want them a bit healthier, Zigla! has them too. We no longer bought some for our own consumption, but in case you’re interested, they have some free samples for you to try before you decide on buying some.

Overall, the food from Zigla! was just okay for us. If you’re experimental when it comes to food and/or are used to eating stuff categorized under “healthy”, then I don’t think you will have a problem appreciating their items. 300-450 calories meals are quite small, so for those who aren’t used to it (like my parents), you might find yourself wanting to eat something else. Among the three of us, I was the only one who felt that the meal I had already left me full, but not bloated. There was definitely space left to eat more, but I wasn’t craving for anything else afterwards.

Like most things labeled healthy in this world of ours, Zigla!’s prices are pretty high and may not fit the budget of most people. I honestly liked their fruit blends, but they’re quite costly at almost Php200 per bottle. I think the prices are close to those from juicing/detox diets which are so popular today.

If you’re interested to try their food, Zigla! is located at the Lower Ground Floor of Robinson’s Magnolia in New Manila, Q.C.

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Xbox 360 Kinect

It’s the Xbox 360 Kinect! 🙂 Dance Central is giving me such a workout that there’s no need to worry about not getting to run as often as before. 😛 Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m taking this opportunity to watch my brother have some serious fun with Kinect Adventures. Until the next post! 🙂

Being hip

Posted on: July 11, 2010

Just finished another 5km run this morning; this time it was held at the University of the Philippines area. I finished a measly two minutes earlier than my record from the Bottle School Run last month, but I guess that’s still better than expected. The route for the Nutribar Hip 2b Fit run was a little more difficult compared to the Bottle School Run, mostly because there were a lot of uphill areas and the roads were a lot less paved.  The good thing about it, though, was there were sufficient drinking stations (both water and from Pocari Sweat) and there were a lot of trees providing enough shade from the direct sunlight.

Nutribar Hip 2b fit bib

There were again 3 categories (3km, 5km and 10km), and we were also joined by the U.P. Mountaineers. The run was for the benefit of the U.P. Padyak Project, which promotes the usage of bikes over cars and health and fitness in the campus.

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On a totally different note, I was also finally able to visit the much talked-about Forever 21 in SM Megamall.  It was overwhelming in terms of size and amount of merchandise available!  I was grinning from ear to ear when I was there, if only because within my first 5 minutes inside the store, I was able to spot this lovely pair of boots:

Forever 21 boots

It wasn’t very expensive at all (approximately Php1,700) so I was more than willing to treat myself to something after just recovering from a fever and a really bad cold (hahaha excuses!). This was actually “partially” bought by The Boyfriend in exchange for the buffet lunch which I treated him to.  The queue for the fitting room was really long so I didn’t bother to try on some dresses and shirts which caught my fancy, so we just decided to spend 20 minutes waiting in line at the cashier.  You wouldn’t believe how many people were actually buying stuff!  I’m guessing Forever 21 did feel very welcomed by the shoppers of Manila. 🙂


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