You’ve worked hard at the gym all week, you’ve meal-prepped like a body-builder and you’ve counted your macros like a professional dietician… Everything is going great until you’re struck struck down with a serious case of food cravings!
Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or just a health-conscious foodie trying to lose a few kilos, the unwavering desire for our favourite “cheat meals” can seem to unhinge even the stubbornest of resolves. Luckily the growth of Brisbane’s healthy food scene has meant that curbing these cravings no longer has to come with a thousand calories and an extra-large side-order of guilt!
PawPaw Café, Woolloongabba and Picnic Café, Camp Hill
Cocowhip has the flavour and texture of putting coconut water through a soft serve machine. This delightfully fluffy ice-cream imposter is not only vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free, it is also low in calories (making it guilt-free, too!). With just 100 calories per serve, you can add your favourite toppings such as granola, fruit or a small clean treat on top without overdoing it.
THE NUTTER ACAI BOWL
Kokobana Superfood Café, Newmarket
While there are plenty of Brisbane cafes that serve icy-cold bowls of this Brazilian berry, Newmarket’s newest neighbour has been turning heads for all the right reasons. Their Nutella-inspired hazelnut acai, topped with your choice of crunchy granola, fresh fruit and their own hazelnut sauce, is a chocoholic’s dream. It’s just like eating a jar of Nutella without the judging looks and sickly stomach ache.
LEMON AND TUMERIC PROTEIN PANCAKES
Pineapple Express Café, Hamilton and New Farm
Pancakes are a Sunday brunch staple, so who says you should have to give them up just because you’re trying to eat healthier? The protein pancakes at Pineapple Express have the light and fluffy texture we love, with the added benefit of a serious protein hit, which should help to keep you full and prevent your usual midday grab for the cookie jar. You won’t believe eating healthy could be so tasty once you try their current offering with turmeric, lemon, chia yogurt and berry compote!
Charlie’s Raw Squeeze, Everton Park, Kenmore, Newstead, Ashgrove
Who would have thought that frozen bananas could make such a delicious dessert? The folks at Charlie’s Raw Squeeze have gathered a mass following for their healthier take on a frozen favourite, and it’s no surprise why. Made using just seasonal frozen fruit, their guilt-free and fully loaded “nice-creams” come topped with a variety of clean sauces that’ll put any drive-through sundae to shame.
With flavours such as death by chocolate, cookies and cream, lemon lime and coconut and white chocolate macadamia, it’s hard to believe that all the cakes and slices at NutriHIIT are refined sugar-free, vegan, raw and gluten-free. Made to order at their new Racecourse Road store, or purchased from a variety of health food cafes across Brisbane, these cakes are sure to delight even the fussiest of critics. Think cheesecake-like consistency minus the copious amounts of cream!
STICKY BLACK RICE PUDDING
Miss Bliss Wholefoods
Remember the rice pudding your grandmother used to make for you as a child? The nourishing, guilt-free breakfast version by Miss Bliss Wholefoods in West End makes for a stunning retro revival with black rice, poached apple and a coconut macadamia crumble sprinkled on top. Bliss indeed!
PEANUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE BOWLS
Wilde Kitchen, Teneriffe
If you have a hankering for a choc peanut butter smoothie bowl with granola and peanut butter cups, then Wilde Kitchen has you sorted. This paleo inspired café has a weekly smoothie bowl menu with decadent flavours worthy of some serious breakfast-envy!