Eating healthy can be pretty tough at times, we get that. If you’re trying your best to stick to your guns and goals but want to kick back and relax away from the kitchen, you don’t have to feel guilty about ordering a takeaway, you know. With a whole host of nutritious and delicious takeout options on offer, here's where to find healthy takeaways in Auckland.
Boy & Bird
With a mantra of "eat, drink and be humble," Ponsonby's Boy & Bird is the perfect venue to buy healthy takeaways. Specialising in all things chicken (and so much more), the team prides itself on sourcing local ingredients and free-range, corn-fed chicken. Their salads are also a must, with the likes of sauteed kale alongside quinoa, apple and halloumi. Takeaways are super easy here—just order online and then pick up on your way home. Dinner = sorted.
Bird On A Wire
Ponsonby, Takapuna & Orakei Bay Village
The guys at Bird On A Wire are clucking mad for all things chicken. Instead of ordering in a greasy bucket of fried fast food to only regret it ten minutes later, head to Bird On A Wire to cure those chook cravings—without the guilt. With a range of seasonal salad specials boasting the likes of kumara, grains, leaves and incredible flavour combinations, simply order in your preferred size, mix and match if you wish and don’t forget to add in some tender pulled chicken.
Jess' Underground Kitchen
Synonymous with seriously good and healthy foods, the amazing deli that is Jess' Underground Kitchen is in Remuera and dishing out all the feel-good foods we know and love. It's the perfect place to pop by if you're in need of a healthy, hearty and homely meal or snack with their stellar range of breads, sammies, salads and frozen foods ready for you to grab on the go. There's also a range of cheeses and sweet treats just waiting for you to sink your teeth into. All you need to do is order their dinner of the day online and swing by to grab it on the way home.
Food Truck Garage
City Works Depot
With a recent menu revamp, the renowned and much-loved Food Truck Garage has a range of salads, wraps and sammies to all, and the best part is, you don’t have to be on the health train to enjoy it either. Amongst all of the yumminess, their bowls are the perfect takeout treat. Packed with crunchy truck slaw, nutty brown rice and with choices of spicy chicken, bbq pulled pork, sticky beef short rib, braised Moroccan lamb and jerk veggie to add in, forgetting your lunchtime sandwiches has never felt so good.
According to the experts, eating well is all about balance and enjoying all the right things in moderation. Instead of chowing down on bucket loads of leaves like our floppy eared, furry friends, take solace in the fact that eating healthily doesn’t just have to involve bland salad after salad. For a guilt-free and healthy takeout alternative, venture into Fatima's and order one of their mouth-watering pitas. Crammed full of flavourful goodies, these Mediterranean-inspired pockets feature the likes of falafel, exotic spices, different meats, hummus and more scrummy fillings to get that tummy rumbling.
With cookbooks, cafes and a stellar reputation under their belt, the health nuts behind Revive certainly know a thing or two about eating and feeling good. A popular joint for workers, gym bunnies and just about everyone in between, their rainbow coloured and an ever-changing salad bar are certainly worth leaving the soggy sammies at home for. With different sizes to choose from, mix and match opportunities to go crazy for and a whole heap of veggie goodness to fill your boots with, healthy eating has never been easier.
Ponsonby, Newmarket & Takapuna
For those days when all you’re hankering for is a big juicy burger, but simply can’t justify ruining your health streak, never fear, there is an alternative and you’re going to want to know about it. Burger Burger is notorious for serving up their epic creations between a perfectly doughy bun, but if carbs are the last thing on your mind, why not opt for their ‘bunnace’ option instead? With all the same favourites to choose from and expertly wrapped in a lettuce leaf, yeah it may not be completely guilt-free, but man, don’t you deserve it.
City Works Depot, Newmarket, Smales Farm & Britomart
Looking almost too good to eat (we said almost!), everything at & Sushi is not only worth an Insta or two, but it's also damn fine delicious. Freshly made and boasting exquisite flavour combinations and pairings, you won’t find any nasties in their sushi—no, no—just good stuff, and lots of it too. Complete with edible flowers for a masterpiece madness, don't worry if sushi ain’t yo’ jam either, as these guys also create equally gorgeous and equally as healthy salads too.
Little Bird Kitchen
Everyone's favourite healthy eating paradise has a spectacular range of takeout options perfect for staying on track and smashing those goals. Little Bird Unbakery is famous for everything raw, vegan and veggie and their taco plate is no different. With no sloppy burritos in sight, this takeout alternative features three handmade soft, raw veggie tacos, filled with your choice of Mexican-spiced mushies or black beans topped with avo, fiery jalapeño slaw, chipotle green salsa and chimichurri.
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Image Credit: Jaiden Bhaga at Jess' Underground Kitchen