After a weekend of tacos and margaritas (and hangovers), or a few too many nights in the grips of pillowy baos, this is the list you need to call on.
Delicious and guilt-free food is an art our little region has mastered, so we promise it won’t be too hard to swap the pizza for a loaded salad or superfood smoothie.
Not convinced? Try our pick of the best healthy cafes on the Sunshine Coast and you will be—promise!
Trust us, you’ll feel good just reading the menu at Evolution Fuel, it’s that healthy. Taking the bar up a notch, their dishes are packed with the good-for-you stuff, can be eaten in or taken away, and, the best bit, they’re pretty cheap. The first cafe we know of to bring poke bowls to the Sunshine Coast, these guys have wellness and your stomachs on their mind 24/7. Not a fan of raw fish? It don’t matter—their dish list and cabinet is brimming with options. We’re obsessed with their Protein Packed Salad Bowl, jammed with free-range chicken, egg, quinoa, beetroot hummus, avo and sweet potato, on a bed of shredded kale and topped with vegan crackers. Nom nom.
Southerners on the Sunshine Coast are well taken care of in the healthy-eating stakes by the lovely peeps at Greenhouse Cafe. Tucked down a pedestrian laneway in the middle of Caloundra, Greenhouse serves up some of the tastiest dishes around, made with organic, locally-sourced produce. You won’t feel a smidge of guilt about loading up on breakfast here, with the likes of Kasbah Eggs—beetroot pesto, dukkah, balsamic, herbs, and fetta all piled on toasted Turkish bread with two poached eggs—and the Greenhouse version of avo on sourdough, complete with cashew cheese.
This vegan and gluten-free hotspot needs no introduction, but we’re going to hit you with a refresh anyway. If you’re a big believer in ‘you are what you eat’ and drink then, my friend, Elixiba is your jam. And what a delicious jam to have! Not only do these guys serve up a range of incredible vegan eats—from burgers and macro bowls to a whole lotta tapas (do not leave without trying the smoked edamame!)—their drinks list is actually good for you and unlike any other on the Sunshine Coast. Start with their Bush Tucker range, where you’ll be sipping on cocktails made with Australian natives, before working your way through a herbal liqueur tasting paddle. Too early to get your booze on? Order a fresh coconut with your choice of essential oil.
CK Coffee Bar & Wholefoods
Where do we even start with CK Coffee Bar & Wholefoods? This lot really are the jack of all wellness trades. Part cafe, part grocery store, part events space (keep an eye on their Facebook page for some killer health talks), Mooloolaba got lucky when this place opened its doors. With kombucha on tap, bulletproof coffee, smoothies and cold-pressed juices, CK is your go-to for a quick beach break. And that’s without even getting into their all-day breakfast and all-day lunch menus.
With five stores scattered across the Coast, Raw Energy is a bit of an old hand when it comes to serving up food that’ll make you feel good. Covering breakfast, lunch and those sweet treats you’d be crazy to resist, a roundup of the best healthy cafes on the Sunshine Coast wouldn’t be complete without a nod to this local franchise. A few of our faves? We thought you’d never ask. When in doubt order the Brekkie On The Fly smoothie, the zucchini and corn fritters for an AM feed, or the macadamia and lentil burger for a midday stomach-filler.
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