Healthy eating is so in vogue right now. People are activating almonds, eating raw lasagna, and drinking green things for breakfast. And sometimes you just want to give it a damn good go, right? Well, The Nutrition Bar is just the place. Located on Richmond's Swan Street, the bar has opened its doors to a very small, but virtuous spot for us to all get our healthy on.
The Nutrition Bar serves nothing but the good stuff. Those afraid of gluten, dairy, and anything cooked are taken care of. The offering is tight and covers smoothies, juices, pre-made salads, acai and breakfast bowls, as well as raw, gluten free, vegan treats that are worth the trip alone.
The juice and smoothie section of the morning can be overwhelming. The menu is huge and any supplement can be added. Some are executed better than others. A health nuts' version of iced coffee, Liquid Gold is one of the good ones. With chocolate almond milk, espresso, avocado and agave syrup ($7), it is like a thickshake that makes you feel good and fed rather than bad and bloated.
If the smoothies are the entrees, the acai and breakfast bowls are the main event. An acai bowl made with frozen acai (a nutrition-filled South American berry) and coconut water, topped with bananas, blueberries and caramelised buckinis ($12), is a sweet and cold breakfast of champions. You can choose your liquids, fruits and toppings.
When it comes to the sweet treats, they are as guilt free as the salads. A mix of nuts, cinnamon, dates and vanilla protein powder is rolled into a delicious ball and coated in coconut ($3), while raw carrots cakes, lemon slices and cacao cheesecakes rotate through the fridges.
The Nutrition Bar is the perfect spot when you're looking for a healthy breakfast or lunch spot. You'll feel pretty smug drinking your Liquid Gold.
Images by Lois Romer.