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Healthy winter lunches are the holy grail of lunch foods. The humble salad, already unappealing in summer, has a similar status to dog food in wintertime, and the carb cravings set in in earnest.
Finding something warming and nutritious to get you through the afternoon is a challenge in itself, but hold-onto your ankle-boots kids, ‘cause we have some healthy lunch doozies from some of Brisbane’s best cafes.
Cold mornings mean pressing the snooze button more times than is wise, and in turn probably means taking leftover birthday cake to work for lunch. Youfoodz will optimise your sleep-in time and your midday nutrition with wholesome winter options such as the toasted walnut tortellini and the braised beef cheek with winter mash. You can farewell grocery shopping in your ugg boots, and order your favourite Youfoodz lunches directly to your door. Win! Check out the cosy, winter-friendly menu here!
Botanica Real Food
It turns out you can make friends with salad at Botanica Real Foods. Make the hardest part of a dreary winter’s day the decision around how many vegan cookies it’s appropriate to order. The takeaway salad cafe in Red Hill is a brilliant innovation that will save you time and stress, offering a plethora of different options every day to keep it fresh—literally. The angels of Botanica have also answered our winter prayers and are offering a hearty plant based soup to satisfy in the cooler months.
Hop aboard the organic Pineapple Express this winter to avoid cold weather cravings. The vibrant new Hamilton cafe is as guilt-free as they come, twisting all your favourite treats into nutrient-packed paleo meals. Pick up an antioxidant rich acai bowl on the run, or grab a takeaway zucchini pasta and satisfy your wholesome lunchtime needs.
Taro's Ramen & Cafe
Authentic Japanese is usually hot and usually healthy, making Taro’s a prime candidate for a healthy winter lunch. Check out the miso based broth for extra health and heart warming benefits, or try the impressive Japanese salads that steal the Ramen show.
Red Velvet Smoothie. Date Espresso Almond Mylk. Banana Salted Caramel Smoothie. All of these creamy options can be yours without having to play the cheat meal card. Health queen, Pressed Juices, housed in a cozy nook on Adelaide street has smoothies, juices and mylk options that are—as their slogan suggests—‘positively life changing’. Make your office green with envy over your snow pea juice or swallow a smooth strawberry almond mylk to make a dull winters day a little more colourful.
The authentically decorated Vietnam House in Fortitude Valley has plenty of healthy options to enjoy whist snuggled into one of their cozy booths. Pho is an obvious favourite here but check out the coconut baked pumpkin served with sweet potatoes for a bit of an alternate and a very filling lunch.
Irving Place, the younger of the Wintergarden siblings, is bound to meet all seasonal lunch requirements with their melting pot of fresh produce sourced from Brisbane businesses. Chew on a Crust & Co Artisan Baking baguette stuffed with tender pork, brussels sprouts and apple slaw or cure your caffeine deficiency with the creamy house blend on Cooloola jersey milk.
Bright and sunny cafe, Sourced Grocer, will put you in a health kick mood—even on the coldest of days—with their blackboard full of lunch options. The innovative cafe is anything but basic, with lunches like the organic yoghurt, grated apple, cucumber and honey dew melon topped with lime, dill, pistachio and honey. And that’s just their fruit salad.
Trek to the culture-packed Tibetan Kitchen, located on Petrie Terrace to indulge in one of the vitality-boosting winter warmers on their traditional Himalayan menu. The spinach dhal soup made from lentils and topped with spinach, tomato, garlic and ginger is sure to fight off a lingering flu in the cooler months.
Comfort At My Table
Milton’s homey cafe, Comfort At My Table is quite possibly the quintessential winter’s day cafe. In order to tick the ‘healthy lunch’ box, order one of the savoury specials or the Comfort salad of watermelon, feta, almonds, avocado and rocket. A definite day-maker.
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