With winter comes the all-too-familiar frantic quest to uncover our bikini bodies before summer. Like seals building up blubber to survive the arctic chill, with each undeniably tasty bowl of mac’n’cheese, we seem to accidentally put on an extra kilo (or 10). As Brisbanites, we tend to wait out the winter in the warm embrace of our trackies, hot chocolate in hand. Our mid-work snacks stray from the usual Insta-worthy leafy salads and begin to look a lot more like a cup of noodles and a Mars Bar – what can we say? We’re freezing!
But don’t fret; we’ve scoured the city and found a selection of healthy winter lunches. Forget that cold and unsatisfying salad; stay warm and content with these toasty, trainer-approved treats.
Coffee Iconic, CBD
Smack-bang in the middle of the city, Coffee Iconic is the perfect spot for your next lunch break. Serving up a sizzling selection of snacks to keep you warm this winter, you are sure to relish in a much-needed midday pick-me-up. Quinoa with warm winter veggies and a fresh poached egg takes the cake in our books, but their all-day breakfast and lunch menus are sure to provide even the most critical connoisseur with a great afternoon meal.
Fresh Sushi Co, Fortitude Valley
While you can never go wrong with a chicken and avo roll, Fresh Sushi Co. on James Street has the perfect answer to all your midwinter prayers. Curb your 12 o’clock cravings with a boiling hot bowl of soba noodles. Topped with a delightful selection of tempura veggies (or prawns, if that’s your thing), this soup is a godsend. If you’re on the go, swing by for a cup of miso soup or a handful of hot edamame beans. Wholesome and delicious – who knew?!
The Jam Pantry, Greenslopes
For all you south-siders out there, The Jam Pantry is your go-to destination this winter. Specialising in seasonal produce, this adorable café is the perfect solution to your nutritional dilemmas. Despite their sugar-sweet name, their menu has a whole lot more to offer than a couple of spreads. If you ask us, a bowl of fresh chicken soup is the stuff July dreams are made of. So grab yourself a bowl and dig in. We feel cosier just thinking about it!
If you want to conquer your hunger without chowing down on a bunch of carbs, Grill’d is (surprisingly) the place to go. Go ahead and order up a burger bowl. Still confused? Picture this: all the steaming hot contents that traditionally top your favourite bun, tossed into a bowl. Whether you’re a veggie patty or a chicken girl, you will fall in love with this low cal option. All the flavour, none of the carbs – yes, please!
If you work in the city on a Wednesday and haven’t hit these markets, you seriously need to consider your life choices. The mouth-watering smells waft through the mall, enticing just about any busy worker to take a beat and grab a hump day snack. Boasting a wide range of fresh produce and boutique stalls, the markets cater for just about any pallet. I Love Mushrooms is the standout stall in our eyes, serving up scorching hot bowls of midday mushrooms. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Spring Hill Deli Café, Spring Hill
One word: jaloumi. Spring Hill Deli’s all-day breakfast keeps cheese-obsessed customers (like us), beating down the doors all day long. Their wide range of gluten-free and vege-friendly options make it the perfect destination for those with even the most limited of diets, and their unparalleled flavour (particularly on the haloumi front) has us coming back for more. And did we mention the haloumi?
Nantucket Charcoal Kitchen and Bar, Indooroopilly
Nantucket Charcoal Kitchen and Bar tastes almost as good as it looks. Their luxurious, Hamptons-esque interior has you feeling like a Vanderbilt from the moment you step inside and their decadent menu has almost infinite options to ensure that you’re more indecisive than ever before (if that’s even possible). Whether you’re into roasted asparagus or pulled pork, you’re certain to satisfy your tastebuds - guilt-free, of course.
Little Sista Café, Greenslopes
Nested on the corner of bustling Chatsworth Road, Little Sista never fails to deliver the goods. Settle in for a much-needed coffee and some sweet corn fritters; dripping in avo, poached eggs and relish, it is almost impossible to find a tastier alternative. Take our word for it – they’re incredible! Not your cup of tea? Why not try the breakfast salad? Never fear, there’s no kale involved, just a whole lot of roast veggies. And bacon. We’ll never say no to bacon.
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