Brisbane has really embraced the business of wellness and clean eating in recent years, with dedicated paleo eateries and speciality health food cafes and shops sprouting up all over the city.
Coco Bliss Superfood Bar is one such establishment, having taken up the covetable corner spot on Bulimba's Oxford Street. Its forte is to provide a healthy start to the day – by which we do not mean 'wholemeal toast with your omelette' healthy, but 'no refined sugar, antioxidant laden, free radical combating, superfood enriched' healthy.
How ready you are to embrace Coco Bliss is probably directly proportionate to how deeply you have accepted that most pervasive of buzzwords: superfood. As their name suggests, this is Coco Bliss Superfood Bar's area of specialisation. The list of favoured ingredients here contains items so oft-touted for their health boosting properties they have reached the level of cliché: raw cacao, coconut water, acai, chia seeds and goji berries. Plus, some ingredients sound unfamiliar enough to mean they simply must be good for you: maca, lucuma and mesquite.
On weekend mornings the place is teeming with healthy looking, fit young things, and if you are not already of their number, a few sips of the Free Radical Fighter (a cold pressed juice with watermelon, lime and mint) will convince you that you could be.
This is not 'I can't believe it's good for me' kind of fare but pretty hardcore stuff; it most definitely tastes the part. For one, Coco Bliss does not use refined sugar in any of their creations. For fresh juices, of course, this is not all that confronting. In the fair trade coffee and tea, shakes and smoothies, mueslis and breakfast bowls, the natural sweetness of raw honey, maple syrup and Natvia work well. However, the cabinet sweets like the raw Snickers bar may take some getting used to, especially for those not already on a sugar-free kick. That said, the dark chocolate protein shake with raw cacao, organic maple syrup and cacao nibs (with your choice of 'gains' or 'shred' protein) is about as close to indulgent-tasting as this type of food can get.
Being a get-in and get-out kind of place, there aren't too many options, but Coco Bliss caters to the health conscious and also those with food sensitivities. Finding another place in Brisbane that offers three different dairy milk alternatives (almond, coconut and soy) is still no easy feat. When it comes to mindful, body conscious eating and drinking, Coco Bliss ticks all the boxes and is sure to make a lot of people very happy.