September 26, 2018
Clean cuisine: Where to find great health food eateries in Elsternwick Village
Knowing how to separate the hype from the healthy and the novelty from the nutritious is half the battle to eating well.
And whether you are trying to slim down or maintain a regimen because of food allergies or intolerances, eating healthily while eating out can be difficult.
However, in Elsternwick Village, a range of cafes and restaurants dedicated to fresh, clean food and drink means you can find something great to eat, whatever your requirements.
Here’s where you can find the best health food eateries in Elsternwick Village:
This family-run business prides itself on sending their customers away with “full bellies and big smiles”.
The salad and juice bar at Healthy Point emphasises fresh, quality ingredients for its soups, salads, spuds, juices and smoothies.
From the ‘green plus’ to the ‘meta-boost’ (with beetroot, quinoa and walnut), the salads are jam-packed with fresh ingredients like vegetables, beans, egg, and tuna. There’s a salad to suit all tastes and sensitivities.
There are also ten baked potatoes to choose from, including the ‘superbiotic’ – a sweet potato crammed with coleslaw, broccoli, cucumber, peas, tuna, hummus and sunflower seeds.
The superfood smoothies are nutrition in a glass, all made with coconut or almond milk.
Healthy Point: 287 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick.
Glo Health founder Alan Pincus wanted to create “a neighbourhood destination of wellbeing” where people could get not just healthy products but health information and advice.
The vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free consumer is well catered for here with groceries, supplements and beauty products. Fresh organic fruit and vegetables fill the shelves, sharing store space with natural cosmetics.
And the in-store cafe also promotes health and wellbeing with organic, build-your-own juices and nutrition-packed smoothies (with dairy free options).
Glo Health: 358-360 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick.
Cocomama’s Juices and Smoothies
Cocomama’s menu is touted “plant-based food for the soul” and this cafe is bound to have whatever soothes your soul.
Smoothies are made with nut milks, and whatever fruit or vegetable goodness you love, while the smoothie bowls range from the classic acai to decadent peanut butter and jam.
But Cocomama’s is about more than just smoothies, with hearty breakfast and lunch also on offer – try the avocado on gluten-free toast, gluten-free bircher muesli, chocolate rawnola or mama’s nachos.
Those with a sweet tooth should treat themsevles to a scrumptious vegan dessert, cake or slice.
Cocomama’s Juices and Smoothies: 1C Staniland Grove, Elsternwick.
Carrot cake or tiramisu smoothies, anyone? You’ll find them at Green Remedy.
This cafe is bursting with organic salads, sumptuous smoothies, acai bowls and a delicious range of teas, coffees and hot chocolates.
Green Remedy describes their menu as “alchemy of superfood” and their aim is to pack healthy food full of great flavour.
Ingredients are organic, gluten-free, vegan and GMO-free, and the family business says it feeds customers the good food they feed their children.
The passion for clean food comes from their Greek and Hungarian farming heritage.
And if the café made you feel good on the inside, you can create that on the outside too at their Remedy Bar, which provides a range of beauty treatments.
Green Remedy: 211 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick.
Ignore the hot chips on the menu and peruse all that Middle Eastern and Mediterranean goodness instead.
The self-service falafel and salad bar is the epitome of healthy comfort food – proof that fast food can be delicious and good for you.
The eatery is 100 per cent kosher certified and offers a delicious range of falafel – in a pocket, on a plate or in a wrap.
Grab a Mama Special (with hummus, babaganoush, slaw and pickled cabbage) or go Med with tzatziki and olives. And, if you aren’t in the mood for falafel, replace it with grilled chicken.
Salads are made daily in-house and there are fresh, seasonal juices available too.
Mama Falafel: 344 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick.
For a full list of cafes and restaurants in Elsternwick Village, click here.