Health Freak Perth ... a gluten and sugar free haven
Whether you follow a paleo, keto, vegetarian or vegan diet or if, like me, you just prefer to eat nutrient-dense food, Health Freak in Perth is a must-visit. Perusing their menu and eyeing off the desserts cabinet had me feeling like a kid in a (healthy) candy store. So many options!
I’ve been back in Perth this week for work, and after my last trip (you can read about what and where I ate here), I was keen to find some new places to add to the list. Health Freak, which have a few locations, ticked all the boxes and more.
Talking to Natasha, one of the friendly staff at the Floreat location, she explained that Health Freak fills the gap between the super extreme health food cafes (e.g. where everything is raw) and the typical not-so-healthy brunch spots. Their extensive menu really does have something for everyone, while keeping things on the healthier side.
Paleo, keto, vegan ... they have it all
There are paleo burgers served on their house-made paleo bread, high protein options like the protein bread stack with smashed avocado, bacon and poached eggs, keto options like their waffle eggs benedict made with savoury cheese waffles, and vegan options like their BBQ grilled eggplant burger or their epic vegan pumpkin spiced protein pancakes. They also display how many grams of protein, fat and carbohydrate are contained in most of the meals if you’re interested.
I had the paleo zucchini bread stack made with toasted zucchini and pumpkin bread topped with fresh tomato, smashed avocado, poached eggs, sprouts and roast capsicum purée. I especially loved the zucchini and pumpkin bread which was tasty and not at all dry like some paleo breads.
And then, healthy dessert
Ah dessert, my favourite part of any meal. I love it when there are healthier dessert options on the menu so I can enjoy one without a sugar crash afterwards. I had to try one of the CocoFreak raw cake dessert bowls at the Floreat location. CocoFreak is their house-made organic sugar-free ice cream made with coconut milk. I tried the ‘Snickers Supreme’ dessert bowl with naked coconut and salted caramel CocoFreak topped with chunks of raw snickers and cookie dough and homemade salted caramel sauce. Heaven.
As if that wasn’t enough, I left with a takeaway vegan protein ball for later, which was made with cacao butter so it was super creamy. The coffee was also really good. I had a long black but if you like milk in your coffee they do almond milk and coconut milk in addition to normal milk. They also offer turmeric lattes, matcha lattes, beetroot lattes and cacao hot chocolate.
Health Freak, can you please open up in Melbourne?