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By Marissa Ciampi
August 23, 2018

Energy Exchange Cafe

Pay for your brekkie with steps, not cash.
By Marissa Ciampi
August 23, 2018

Counting your steps has the obvious benefit of motivating a healthier lifestyle. But nothing motivates us quite like free food does. Combine the two and you get the Energy Exchange Cafe, a food-for-steps experiment that will pop-up within Chippendale's Concrete Jungle from August 28 through 30, 8am–2.30pm daily. You read correctly — no cash is needed for this dine-out brekkie.

The cafe is a collaboration between Tim Robards — a TV personality and "wellness expert" (his words, not ours) — and Uncle Tobys. The deal is as straightforward as it sounds: show your steps and get a free meal. The menu 'prices' range from 3000 to 10,000 steps, with every dish accompanied by a free coffee.

Patrons can use their preferred step-tracker to show accumulated steps from the previous day, or the day of, or even sign an 'energy pledge' for the steps they intend to take — honour-system style.

The menu is loaded with nutrient-rich and filling dishes to get you through the day. Yes, the menu also features lots of oats.

Choose from creamy turmeric porridge topped with a poached egg, kale and crisp chickpeas (10,000 steps); orange juice-soaked bircher with fresh strawberries, apples and grapes (8000); blue algae smoothie bowls with fresh blueberries and crunchy granola (10,000); or mixed berry hotcakes topped with a heaping dollop of cream (6000). Plus chia seed bliss balls (3000), oat banana bread (3000) and — of course — an avocado on toast (5000) option, too.

Images: Kai Leishman

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