Eating healthy food doesn’t just mean stocking up on microherbs and quinoa. It’s more about choosing authentic ingredients and dishes which put quality above all else.
Sticking to a healthy eating regime can be tricky, but eating well in Subiaco doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice eating out or eating delicious food!
Take Layers Bakery
at Subiaco Square as an example. Their buttery flaky croissants might not fall into the low-cal bracket, but you can rest assured that all they serve in the French bakery is made from scratch, using quality ingredients and traditional methods. Perhaps walk past the tempting pastries and opt for a baguette filled with omega-oil rich smoked trout, a homemade pie filled with slow cooked beef cheek, or go for a healthy tick of approval with a delicious salad.
At the other end of Subiaco on Rokeby Road is Sorganic
, an artisan bakery that uses only organic ingredients, including flour and filtered water, and a sourdough starter that’s 30-years old to naturally ferment dough for 72 hours for their sourdough bread. My tip is to take a seat inside or streetside and let Sorganic do the cooking for you – think ricotta hot cakes, protein fix bowl, pumpkin smash, pulled pork manwich, avocado bruschetta, chicken and cauliflower salad, smoothies and more, all available for breakfast or lunch.
For those who adhere to gluten free foods, it’s quite easy to eat well with most places offering GF options. That said, finding good gluten-free bread can be a challenge, but not if you visit Strange Grains
in Shenton Park. Not only are their breads, cookies and sweets all free from gluten, they bake yeast-free breads too. There are many options including yeast-free buckwheat sourdough, sprouted quinoa bread, yeast-free pumpkin rustic sourdough, blueberry and raspberry muffins both made with buckwheat, chocolate brownies, honey and almond slice, cappuccino crisps, cinnamon snaps, tropical Florentines and more - and I haven’t even included the delectable cakes.
Be Free Organics
is a café and store that started as a result of a diet change to focus on nutrition when a family member was diagnosed with brain cancer. Their ethos for eating well is like putting petrol in a car: the better the quality of fuel, the better the performance. From their paleo big breakfast to the hummus plate and chocolate granola, health fans will love the cafe menu as much as the take away meals to reheat at home. Vegan cottage pie or classic organic cottage pie and organic chicken or vegetable curries will make it easy to continue the healthy eats at home. There’s also super latte, frappé and smoothies with options like maca, lucuma and plant-based protein for an added boost.
Taking smoothies to another level of nourishment is Pupa Fast Nutrition
. High in protein with up to 25 grams per drink, and made without milk, Pupa Fast blends are named to tempt but are all low in fat, sugar and calories. Malteser Pleaser, Peanut Butter Delight, Chocoholic, Mango Tango and Caramel Kiss may sound wicked, but they are in fact health drinks, which were first developed to add nutrition to the owners’ daughter's training regime for the Australian junior swim team. There are also loaded green and camomile teas advanced with aloe vera and guarana as well as collagen drinks. Pop in after a workout and get your protein fix to go.
For all things vegan, head to Perth’s only vegan grocer, La Vida Vegan
on Coghlan Road -it’s owned by the same team. Stock up on bulk foods where you can weigh and pay, plant-based cheeses and meats, certified organic fruits and vegetables, specialist baking substitutes, pet supplies, activated charcoal, insect repellent, organic clothing, protein powders, supplements, cleaning products and more. If it’s vegan, it’s likely to be at La Vida.
Another great place for buying fresh and healthy food to prepare at home is at the Subi Farmers Market
, held every Saturday morning at the primary school. There you’ll find a big choice of farm fresh fruit and veg including organic and spray free stalls, grass fed meat, sustainable fish, gluten free goodies, freshly pressed juices, healthy soups, homemade granola, unprocessed honey and much more. Farmer Jacks also has great fresh produce from local farms along with local meat and fish, and let’s face it, it always feels good to support local businesses and generating feel food vibes is also important to well-being.