Going out for brunch or coffee is part of my weekend routine. There’s nothing like enjoying a relaxing morning with a good coffee and something delicious to eat. When I go out, sometimes I like to treat myself, and other times I want something that’s both delicious AND healthy for me too. I’ll let you in on a little secret. If you want food that’s both delicious, healthy and a reasonable price then I can recommend Columbus Coffee.
They have had a healthy food range for a little while now, serving recipes from the Healthy Food Guide magazine. Recently they’ve expanded their range to include a new Lifestyles Range – there are lots of healthy options which cater for different dietary needs, including gluten free, paleo and dairy free.
This weekend I headed to our local Columbus at Mitre 10 MEGA Masterton along with my husband to sample some of their new options. I left with a full stomach and totally satisfied and impressed with what they had on offer. My husband was pretty happy too!
Here’s what they have available on their new range. It differs from cafe to cafe, but they will have some options available for you to try.
- Chia Bircher Pod
- Chia Seed & Coconut Pudding
- Chocolate, Avocado & Chia Pudding
- Paleo Bacon & Egg Muffins
- Paleo Egg Wraps
- Paleo Breakfast
- Thai Chicken Stuffed Mushroom
- Thai Chicken Stuffed Kumara
- Paleo Crepes with Mixed Berries & Coconut
- Mexican Meat Muffin
- Raw Carrot Cake Pops
- Bliss Balls
Here’s what I tried:
1. Chia Seed Bircher
In a twist from traditional bircher muesli, this is made with chia seeds. The bircher also contained apple, coconut, berries and almonds and it was really delicious. It had a subtle sweetness, and was a nice combination of flavours and textures. Chia seeds are a great source of fibre, and provide some plant based omega 3 fats. Because it comes in a pod with a lid, this could be a great grab and go breakfast on your way to work too. I’ll definitely get this again.
2. Paleo Bacon and Egg Muffin
Whilst I don’t follow any particular diet (I just like to focus on a minimally processed diet), I do appreciate a good bacon and egg muffin! This muffin is simply bacon and egg, along with spinach and spring onion and is topped with a delicious zesty pesto. It’s gluten and dairy free too. The hubby and I both really enjoyed this, the pesto made it extra tasty. This is a good source of protein and would be perfect to grab with a takeaway coffee for breakfast on the go.
3. Thai Chicken Stuffed Kumara
The Thai chicken stuffed kumara was another yummy dish. Kumara would have to be one of my favourite vegetables and it’s a nutrient rich carbohydrate. The Thai flavours came through nicely, but it wasn’t too spicy. This is a really filling dish and a balanced meal. This was great value too. At my local Columbus Coffee, it’s just $9.50 which I think is pretty good for a large, filling meal. I couldn’t eat it all!
4. Bliss Balls
Bliss balls are one of my favourites and I was excited to see these on the menu for a healthy sweet treat – something most cafes don’t have. I’m pretty sure these had walnuts in them as well as ginger and some citrus fruit too. They were zesty, yummy and quite different to bliss balls I make at home which made a nice change. The bliss balls were a good buy too, at only $1.50 each.
Dining out with family or friends often means different needs and wants. The great thing about Columbus Coffee is they’ve got it covered. If your partner wants a pie, then they can have one. If you want a healthy option, there are lots to choose from. If someone is gluten free, then there are options. There are no exuberant price tags, just good honest, delicious tasting food, and great coffee too.