A clean eating guide to the Gold Coast
It’s no secret there’s a revolution in full swing around the world, as conscious farmers and foodies join forces to shun the conventional in favour of healthy, organic goodness. And on the Gold Coast, it’s not just the health conscious and sustainable produce flag-flyers who are embracing the clean eating trend.
When it comes to eating out on the Gold Coast, organic, paleo, raw, vegan and gluten-free options are, thankfully, easy to find and any foodie worth their bunches of kale will know these havens should be added to your favourites.
The Cardamom Pod
Gourmet vegetarian is the name of the game at The Cardamom Pod in Broadbeach and Southport. From the people behind the original Byron Bay Bliss Balls, this cafe serves up delicious vegetarian fare with a slight Indian bend.
With options like coconut and carrot quinoa pilaf, and panko crusted tofu on Turkish bread with satay sauce, you’ll leave here on the biggest natural high.
Greenhouse Canteen and Bar
Located in Miami and Coolangatta, these guys offer up an inventive vegetarian and vegan menu that’s attractive to even the staunchest carnivore. Tucking into Greenhouse Canteen and Bar’s smoked jackfruit enchilada, it’s hard to believe you’re not chowing down on melt-in-your-mouth beef.
With more eats like cauliflower wings with smoked house relish and Moroccan chickpea crepe, this vego hot-spot can’t be accused of dishing out boring fare. There’s even craft beer to twist your fast food-devotee’s arm, if you need to.
What do you get when you combine paleo granola, organic coffee and a roster of yoga classes next to Nobby Beach? A hipster hub of healthy eating called BSKT.
From superfood breakfasts to mains like kombucha battered prawn tacos and hemp seed crumbed yellow fin tuna, and delicious berry souffle for dessert, you could easily become a bona fide local here… at least at meal times.
With a mantra of keeping things simple, this Southport gem offers a plant-based menu free of dairy, preservatives, artificial colours and gluten.
If you’re stopping by before 11am, try Blendlove’s happy hashies for breakfast – housemade truffle hash, garden greens, kale-naise and coconut bakon, avocado and black sesame. If smoothies are your jam, the spiced coconut and almond butter is a local favourite.
Nude Sisters Whole Food Kitchen
From brekkie to burgers and raw desserts, Nude Sisters Whole Food Kitchen is Mermaid Waters‘ tastiest vegetarian haven.
Not only are they serving top-notch nosh, with dishes like chilli feta eggs and cheesy fries with house made cashew parmesan, the decor is fresh with pastel hues, blonde wood and fiddle leaf figs, capturing the coastal vibe of the Gold Coast.
Whether you’re a full-blown chia-pod-loving kid or just want eggs on toast that you can actually digest properly, Marie Anita’s in Mermaid Beach has got your gluten-free back.
With a background in artisanal baking, it’s no surprise that you can pick up a loaf of sweet GF bread – how good does raw blueberry chia jam sound? – ‘to go’ with your (organic) morning coffee.
The Organic Gold Coast Farmers Market
With stalls setting up before the crack of dawn, Sunday morning in Miami means one thing: the Organic Gold Coast Farmers Market.
Offering a huge range of certified organic produce, from crusty sourdough bread to just-picked-fruit and vegetables, pantry staples and safe natural cleaning products, the markets are not just a great place to shop but the perfect Sunday morning ritual for those who like to indulge on the good stuff.
Wray Organic Market and Café
In Palm Beach, the locals are all about Wray Organic Market and Café. Opened as their flagship store in 2005, this organic superstore and café chain has everything you need to feel nourished and vibing off life.
Whether you’re packing your enviro bag full of take-home pantry goodies and fresh veggies or slugging down on a green juice and salad, you can’t help beaming after a stop-off here.
Niche & co.
Tugun’s Niche & Co. is the winning place for acai bowls. The menu is extensive – if you’re a sweet tooth you’ll have a hankering for the Snickers or salted caramel options – and the results are definitely Insta-worthy, making this a top (healthy) pitstop on a dash to the airport along the Gold Coast Highway.
Pier B Brunch Cafe
Head to the northern end of the Gold Coast to Sanctuary Cove, where the ultimate healthy brunch awaits. The hearty all-day breakfast menu at this puppy-friendly café makes it tough to choose between sweet (like the blue spirulina smoothie bowl) or savoury (like the gluten-free or vegan corn fritters).
If all else fails, there are plant-based burgers up for grabs here too.
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