How’s this for a scary little fact? Christmas was TWO WHOLE MONTHS AGO. And, if you’re of the same vaguely lazy, usually hungry disposition as us, you’re probably still waiting for the right moment to start that detox you had planned for Jan. And Febfast? Forgeddaboudit.
And now the year is well and truly in full swing it’s time to stop with the excuses, ‘cause we’ve found 7 of Brisbane’s best clean eating, takeaway lunches to keep you on the straight and narrow (at least between the hours of 11am and 2pm). The best bit? These healthy Brisbane lunches are all quick as, so you can grab one on the go, and be back at your desk in a jiffy.
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With some siblings around town (Pawpaw Café in Woolloongabba, and Little Pawpaw in Kedron) Raw Pawpaw’s in good company. If the thoughts of cold carrot sticks scares you, rest assured that everything on the Raw Pawpaw menu is not only good for you, but completely nom-worthy, too. Don’t believe us? Their vegan French toast, Luz Almond icecream, and acai bowls are regulars on our ‘guilty pleasures’ lists, but it’s their raw zucchini pasta that’s our pick for lunch, which kind of looks like spaghetti if you squint really hard.
Botanica Real Foods
A take-away only café, with a focus on salads and gluten-free treats, Botanica’s heaped bowls of fresh greens have earned them a cult following among the health conscious Brisbane lunch crowd. We secretly love Botanica because you can go in under the premise of buying a takeaway salad, and return to the office with some of the best gluten-free sweeties in Brisbane. ‘Cause you don’t make watercooler friends with salad.
There’s a healthy Brisbane lunch, then there’s a HEALTHY Brisbane lunch. Press’d is the later, and if you don’t understand the distinction you’ve obviously never had their raw nachos, raw pizza, or raw, vegan teriyaki ‘salmon’ (which is actually a very cleverly disguised piece of ripe pawpaw). Drop by for some of the freshest and tastiest raw lunch nosh in town—you won’t regret it.
Paleo nosh might be the flavor of the month, but Primal Pantry’s got the cafe-chops to go the distance. Come lunch time, they have a neat-o takeaway salad offering of changing salad specials, all generously adorned with goodies like bacon and nuts, sure to keep you full til knock off. They even let you add extra protein (go the coconut-crumbed chicken) if you’re bulking, shredding, or just plain old greedy.
Felix Espresso and Wine Bar
If you’re on the hunt for a healthy lunch in Brisbane’s CBD yet find yourself staring down the barrel of a food court carvery every lunch hour, you need to back away from the roast beef roll and mosey on down to Felix. These cool cats are dishing up pretty, seasonal salad bowls (which you can takeaway) and loads of other organic, healthy fare, all made in-house. We’re big fans of their raw nori rolls and vegan cupcakes.
A daily roster of outright fancy salad and sandwich specials means you can hit Plenty every day of the week and never get bored. Some of our fave salads have been their stone fruit salad with buffalo mozzerella and balsamic, and chicken and corn slaw with chilli (check their Facebook page for daily specials lists). The bacon sandwich with blue cheese, beetroot jam, and basil wasn’t too shabby either, though maybe not the healthiest Brisbane lunch going.
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