We eat everywhere, man, we eat everywhere…
If you’re anything like us, you know it’s worth a bus ride, train ticket or even an interstate pilgrimage to get stuck into some delicious grub. We’ll definitely make the extra effort for a really good raw sugar-free brownie or “world famous” burger.
We’ve asked a few of our favourite foodies to spill the mung beans and let us in on the best health food hotspots in their cities. Wherever you are in Australia, there’s one for you to check out.
Mel from fitness blog Athletic Aesthetic refuels from squat routines and mud runs (really!) with big plates of healthy food. Her favourite joint in Sydney is Henley’s Wholefoods in Alexandria, Bondi Junction and soon-to-be Surry Hills.
“Their food philosophy is all about sustainability and supporting local farmers by using seasonal produce that is free of chemicals and packed full of nutrients,” Mel says. “The organic and lean focused menu is seasonal but their coconut dusted sweet potato wedges is an absolute must! I’m guilty of ordering a guilt-free Cocowhip bowl to finish – made from natural coconut water and tastes just as good as ice cream!”
“You pay for your bowl size and select what you’d like to fill it with,” she says. “Their display cabinet usually has tom yum tofu, Moroccan pumpkin and vibrant salads like this quinoa beetroot couscous. Mostly vegan, everything is also gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free. A nourishing bowl of amazing flavours!
Ahhh, Brisbane, the land of mangos and bananas… and the sugar-free? IQS alumni and blogger at KBSugarFree, Katherine, has naturally scouted out the best fructose-friendly joint on the Sunshine Coast, Wilde Kitchen.
“The food is all refined-ingredient free and unprocessed, which means no nasty sugars, colours, flavours or anything our bodies won’t recognise,” Katherine says. “Wilde Kitchen also does prepared meals, and they cater to the most specific requests, as well as designing meal plans for different interests. My favourite dish is the house-made lasagna (gluten- and dairy-free, made with coconut crepes) with a selection of the cabinet salads (the cauliflower ‘fried rice’ is my favourite). The sweet potato fries are also something you just can’t go without trying.”
When we thought of healthfood hotspots in Adelaide, Leah Itsines was the first name to pop up. As well as being an inspirational health blogger, Leah runs Caffe Paparazzi, a street food takeaway with a wholesome twist.
“It’s a big area, you’re not crammed into a little corner and the staff are amazing,” she says. “The food is also incredible (some recipes are from my cook book, executed perfectly) and the vibes are great. I always order the Thai chicken sliders, chicken noodle salad or the mozzarella egg. They are my absolute favourite.”
We’re jealous of Darwin’s amazing landscapes and now we’re jealous of its food, too. Becky and Georgie, two 17-old-year friends, are always sharing their amazing finds on their blog Meandering Foodies. Eat at Martins came up top of the list.
“Eat at Martin’s serves up simple, wholesome dishes like those you might hope to find at your vegetarian friend’s house. It’s small, and welcoming, with eat in or take out options. If you ever get a chance to visit, try the quiche, with a fair trade coffee, and enjoy out on the patio under the palm trees.”
There’s no need to mine for a great eating spot in Perth. Liz from BreakfastInPerth chronicles the best breakfasts out west, and reckons that Pixel Coffee Brewers is really worth getting up early for.
“The café is really cute, and you can tell a lot of love goes into the food,” she says. “They’re not a health café per se, but they do have a lot of healthy options. The nourish bowl is my go to if I need a health kick, and their acai bowl is also delicious – the perfect remedy for a hot Perth day!”
The capital of Australia has food that’s just capital (see what we did there?). Food Porn Journal knows the best Canberra eats, and says that wholefood café Maple + Clove is a must-go. It’s also a takeaway – perfect for toting down to Lake Burley Griffin for a picnic!
“Maple and Clove use healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocado and extra virgin olive oil. Food is free from artificial colours, flavours, preservatives and sweeteners. The must try dish is the Maple whole waffle – a wholemeal spelt, zucchini and sweet corn waffle served with slow cooked eggs and a side salad. If you want to leave feeling good about yourself, this is a good bet.”
Our CEO Zoe is as crazy about her food as the rest of us, so when she visited Hobart, she found the craziest fusion café possible. Room for a Pony was her highlight for one reason: breakfast ramen.
“Food in Tasmania is so fresh and delicious – must be something in the waters down there! Room for a Pony was one of my favourite spots when I travelled to Hobart; it’s healthy but not just kale and chia seeds. A must-try is their Breakfast Ramen with Bacon Dashi because BREAKFAST RAMEN. Need I say more?”
What are your favourite health food spots in your local area? Check out some other gems as part of our 8-Week Program (yes, you can still eat out)!