Nourishment, Energy, Vitality…
Three words that come to mind when thinking of healthy breakfasts that get the body ready for the day ahead. Airlie Beach is renowned for its breakfast scene and the sensational views that come along with dining out when the sun is rising and what a better way to experience the dawn than to match it with a healthy feed that lifts you even further.
We’ve gotten up early, wandered downtown and searched for the best healthy breakfast dishes the region has to offer. Some are close, some off the beaten track, either way, these breakfast dishes are a must try on your visit to The Whitsundays.
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‘Breakfast Bruschetta’ – The Hangar Cafe & Bar
Scrumptious • Tasty • Island Flight Airport
A humble yet perfectly executed medley of tomato, red onion, feta, poached egg, basil pesto and balsamic glaze on crunchy ancient grain toast. If you’re feeling a little bit naughty, you can add chorizo or halloumi.
‘Green Bowl’ – Treehouse
Contemporary • Brunch • Seaviews
This absolute health bomb is comprised of both kale & spinach, quinoa, fanned avocado, mushrooms, poached eggs, grilled halloumi, crunchy almonds and garlic. Well rounded textures and a great portion size. An Airlie Beach favourite.
‘Brekkie Panacotta’ – Fat Frog Beach Cafe
Healthy • Seaside • Contemporary
When we think of Panacotta we think of dessert but Fat Frog Beach Cafe has done this healthy breakfast justice with this honey & yoghurt based masterpiece. The dish is accompanied with granola, toasted almonds and fresh seasonal fruit.
‘Nourish Bowl’ – Village Cafe Restaurant & Bar
Coffee • Hot Rock • Breakfast
A continental classic that gets straight to the point, the Village Cafe Nourish Bowl is light, refreshing and great if you like a cool breakfast. Comes with house muesli, mango puree, toasted coconut, natural greek yoghurt, fresh seasonal fruit and chia seeds.
‘Açaí Dream’ – Bohemian Raw
Bowls • Smoothies • Health Food
The Queens of Smoothie Bowls, Bohemian Raw crushes it every time we go in. Their healthy toasts could be an item of their own but this time around we tried the Açaí Dream Smoothie Bowl. Comes stacked with Amazonia açaí, strawberries, blueberries, banana, almond milk and vanilla protein.
‘Vegan Toast’ – Cafe One 3
Creative • Funky • Dietary Specialists
A 1-minute walk from the Main street of Airlie Beach on Waterson Way you’ll find the dietary specialist Shangri La, Cafe One 3. Their Vegan Toast is a dish that is constantly evolving and moving with the seasons. If you’re after something creative and love putting your trust in the Chef, then this is the dish for you.
‘Mediterranean Flatbread’ – My Rainbow Bakery & Cafe
Brunch • Dessert • Seaside ⋅ Catering
An absolutely delicious healthy breakfast that is surpassed only by the Whitsunday Island and Marina view that you get to enjoy it with. A light fluffy breakfast that will whisp you away to the shores of the Med. The dish comes with housemade flatbread, hummus, grilled eggplant, coriander, green onion, cherry tomatoes, fried egg and Egyptian spiced dukkah.
‘One For The Vegans’ – Wisdom Cafe
Fresh • Deli Sandwiches • Coffee
A knockout for all the vegans out there. This superstar dish is overloaded with crispy, soft and vege rich deliciousness. Comes with thick-cut sourdough, marinated eggplant, bean sprouts, vegan pesto, avocado, baby cos lettuce, vegan mayonnaise and fried shallots. It was hard to not order a second.
‘Vegan Avocado Smash’ – 22 Buttercup Lane
Contemporary • Cafe • Catering
A cafe you must stop into on your way into or out of Airlie Beach, 22 Buttercup Lane is a little gem tucked away on the outskirts of town. Their breaky menu is moreish and decadent and hidden in amongst the list is their gorgeous Vegan Avocado Smash. Comes with house-made Foccacia and tomato salsa, avocado, pumpkin, mushroom and baby spinach.
Side note: Purchase some of their homemade Chilli Jam to go. Oh. My. Gawd.
‘Coconut Lime Rice Pudding’ – Paradiso Rooftop Restaurant & Bar
Seaviews • Cocktails • Rooftop Bar
Paradiso’s brand new menu has brought a brand new level of sophistication to the breakfast table. A standout for us was this stellar number. Fruity and floral this boutique breakfast includes silky coconut rice pudding, finger lime syrup, tropical fruits, macadamia and passionfruit sorbet. Did we mention it’s vegan?
‘Spiced Cauliflower Fritters’ – The Deck
Contemporary • Pizza • Cocktails
A flavour overload is an understatement when making a claim about this dish. The untraditional breakfast item of cauliflower is reinvented here and matched perfectly with its other colourful components. Dish comes with smashed avocado, panko crumber halloumi, beetroot hummus, tea-soaked currants, rocket and salsa verde. A complex dish that is a foodies dream.
Feed your body goodness!
For all the health dedicated or for those who just need some food love, this list should get you started. Start your day right and give the body some love and tuck into some of these healthy Airlie Beach beauties. And hey, no one said we can’t indulge later when the sun is setting…