We love a meal (or two) out and when it comes to healthy hot spots for great food, Sydneysiders are more than a little spoilt for choice. From paleo inspired boutique cafes to organic supermarkets, cold pressed juice counters, raw bars and salad specialists. They have it all, and for many it’s literally no more than a stone’s throw away. Physio and ultimate foodie, Em Esslemont has been eating her way through Sydney one healthy meal at a time and she has shared some of her favs.

Henley’s Wholefoods is one of those places where you can order anything and everything off the menu and not feel the slightest bit guilty about it. Talk about making healthy living easy! The ‘Shrooms’ is a breakfast favourite, and we strongly suggest a side of sweet potato wedges. The lunch menu changes weekly but always boasts fresh, seasonal salads and hearty protein choices so you can mix and match as you wish. Fresh smoothies, great coffee and a seriously tempting dessert cabinet are just a few more reasons why this place is at the top of our list!  

If you want to eat where the locals eat make your way to Ruby’s Diner in Waverley. Be warned, a visit to this bustling Bronte road café may entail a little patience, especially on the weekend. But rest assured, the paleo burger is worth every waiting second with its deliciously sweet beetroot relish and tasty vintage cheddar. Serving cold drip and bulletproof coffee plus a decadent herbal tea selection, it’s the kind of café you could spend an entire afternoon at.

Sprout Wholefoods in Naremburn is a one stop health spot. Grab a street-side seat and feast your eyes on their impressive menu. Whether it’s buckwheat pancakes for breakfast or miso smoked trout for lunch you will be left feeling pleasantly satisfied. On your way out don’t forget to stock up on your healthy groceries from the quaint little marketplace next door.  

For the hungry corporates with busy schedules Thr1ve has got you covered. With a few locations around the city they serve up real food, real fast. Choose to get mighty, clean, green or lean with a range of exciting & rather exotic lunch plates or design your own superfood bowl from scratch, that way you can’t possibly be disappointed. Everything is gluten free with no added sugar (yep it’s health food heaven) and it might just change the way you perceive fast food!

If you find yourself on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, catch a break from the Aussie summer sun with a visit to Pure Wholefoods in Manly. This cute little café is a health foodie’s dream den where sweet acai bowls, summer salads or homemade raw caramel slice are just a few of the delicious delicacies on offer. Wash it all down with a cold pressed juice, green smoothie or icy cold coconut. Sounds pretty sensational to me!

Have you visited a café or food spot that you think is worth a mention? Email us at mail@womensfitness.com.au and tell us all about it.

Em Esslemont is the founder of Wellbeing Worldwide and sports physiotherapist living in the world’s greatest city, Sydney! She is a self-confessed fitness and food fanatic with a passion for living a healthy happy lifestyle whilst inspiring others to do so too. Wellbeing Worldwide is a trusted guide for healthy travel helping you take your dream lifestyle with you wherever you go.

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