You've put on your sportsluxe leggings, your favourite Nikes and head out (not to the gym but to your local breakfast bar, duh). No you're peering through the menu and wondering - what to choose?
Before you start, ask yourself - how hungry am I? Rather than just order your standard eggs benny, take a moment to listen to your body. And while you're asking yourself this, have a glass of water - hydration is key to a healthy body.
My fail proof order is eggs - full of protein, they are one of the best foods you can order. However, avoid frying them - it adds extra fat that we usually don't need. Sides - roasted tomato, spinach, mushrooms, avocado, salmon - big fan. You might see the bacon, halumi, the hash browns, feta - and by all means, occasionally these are ok (paleo lovers would argue the bacon card, but personally - it's a processed meat fried in oil so i'm wary). On a daily basis, these items are quite heavy and difficult for your body to digest (the dairy options) - so go easy. Similarly, eggs benedict - that sauce? That's in the 'sometimes' category too. Bread - i'm a big advocate of the sourdough, buckwheat and gluten free options. Basically, these will add a little bit of low GI carbs which will sustain you for the rest of your day. Avoid the white or turkish please - it's really adding nothing but processed sugars.
Coconut chia pudding; and a sushimi salad with soba noodles, cabbage and a special dressing - again, at Harry's Bondi
If not eggs, I'll often order a salmon / trout / egg salad - something like this is usually available. Chia pudding - full of healthy fat, and so luxurious. Corn / zucchini fritters, doing well. Extra points if there's a side salad. Pancakes - usually not the best as it's low in protein so you'll be hungry later and filled with lots of sugar; however some cafes do have healthy versions, like those made with buckwheat flour. Fruit salad and muesli is good, however it's not my pick usually - often the muesli has been coated in a sweetener making it quite high in sugar. Plus, because it doesn't have a lot of protein, you might find yourself heading for the next cafe for a muffin stop only an hour later.
The infamous chocolate brownie at Bondi Wholefoods
Finally, it's a no brainer that the cakes and pastries - no matter how small OR if they are gluten free - are usally packed with sugar, fat and gluten. I know you know this, i'm just reminding you. If you do have to have it - share it with your cafe buddy. It will make their day, and yours too - trust me. Happy dining - and whatever you do - love the experience. It's not about what you're eating, it's the moment you're sharing.