I’ve realised after doing a lot of travelling overseas that we’re quite lucky to have so many healthy options for eating out in Perth. It is rare to find a cafe that doesn’t have any fresh juices, smoothies and a few raw treats available, therefore, I had to be quite ruthless with this list. It contains only the cafes that I think strive to offer the majority of items on their menu as ‘healthy’, rather than just having a small selection.
1. Health Freak Cafe, Mount Lawley, Scarborough and Joondalup
Price for breakfast: $10.50 – $23
Price for a smoothie: $10
Bruschetta topped with poached eggs and feta. Image via Facebook.
I have eaten out at all three locations and really love this chain overall. I like that they have the calories and macros printed on their menu; fantastic if you are tracking your food in an app like my fitness pal. Every single item on the menu is gluten and refined sugar free. I have eaten and thoroughly enjoyed their protein chocolate cake, warm banana bread, power protein crepes, coconut paleo latte, zucchini fritters stack, protein chicken burger and chicken and spinach lasagna. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the zucchini fettuccine marinara. It was extremely watery, much like when I make zucchini pasta at home.
This is a delicious, decadent smoothie which makes a filling and satisfying snack or breakfast.
1 handful ice
1 heaped tablespoon coconut cream
1 large / 90g frozen banana, broken into chunks
1/2 cup / 65g frozen blueberries
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon maca (optional)
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon coconut flakes
4 pecans, chopped
I absolutely love eating breakfast out at different cafes. I think breakfast foods are the tastiest! Having them cooked for you and served with a lovely flat white is such an indulgent way to start the weekend. It’s hard to not have a bad day after a start like that; however, I often think, ‘I could easily recreate something like this at home for a quarter of the price’. If you’re like me and have found yourself thinking the same thing, here’s a recipe I created based on lots of delicious breakfasts I have enjoyed at various cafes for you to try at home!
Two of life’s simple pleasures: fresh popcorn and mountain views.
This has got to be one of the easiest things you could possibly make in the kitchen! I love to make homemade popcorn to take to the movies. Corn is a grain, so I recommend you eat it only occasionally as it’s not as nutrient-dense as others foods like vegetables, fruit, meat, nuts etc.
Photo: Focus on images
One of the things I get asked most often by people who are wanting to get a little healthier or lose weight is for snack ideas. Much to my husband’s amusement, I need to snack! He was always a three-large-meals-a-day type of person, so he finds it funny that I have to pack snacks before we go out anywhere, and how I suggest we stop for morning tea whenever we’re out sightseeing. Personally, I find that if I have morning and afternoon tea I can avoid getting to the point where I’m extremely hungry and likely to make poor choices, like fish ‘n’ chips instead of a salad for dinner.
I usually have this for breakfast once a week. You can substitute the fruit for whatever is in season and get creative with your toppings! Chia pudding is a great balance of carbohydrates, protein, fats and vitamins. It will give you a great start to your day and keep you full for many hours.