It is so important to me as a mum to teach my child to have a good relationship with food. I would love for my son to truly enjoy nourishing and healthy food, and prefer it to sugar laden or processed food. I may be crazy or reaching for the moon, but I am going to try my best.
At home I try to cook a variety of nutritious meals, and I just take a packed lunchbox with me for my son if we go out to a café or restaurant. He is still young enough that I can do this without him protesting.
I can never help looking at the kid’s menu though, whenever I do go out to. I have noticed that often the options are limited, unhealthy or repetitive. Why does everything have to come with a side of chips??
Just Earth is all about using unprocessed, seasonal, organic and local ingredients. Everything is produced in house, and the coffee is roasted fresh daily. There is a great space outside for families, including a playground to keep the kids occupied while Mumma has her coffee.
The kid’s menu is truly incredible. Offering up items like organic popcorn, coconut pancakes with fresh strawberries and homemade ice cream, frittatas with side salads, vegie sticks with hummus and homemade corn chips, chicken fajitas and shepherd’s pie.
For dessert there is a selection of ice cream made fresh in house with both dairy and dairy free options. Or you can try fresh fruit with coconut yoghurt. How amazing does that sound! I will take something from the kid’s menu thanks.
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Location: 29 Vulture Street, West End (Opposite West End State School)
Opening Hours: Open 7 days, 6am to 3pm
Plum Tucker is renowned as one of the best child friendly places in Brisbane and for good reason. Cute as a button, there is a lovely garden courtyard and a kid’s area upstairs. The kid's area can also be booked to host a party.
The menu for the kid’s has many of the options that are popular at cafes. But what I love about it, is that there are more than just two or three options. And they have a healthy spin as well.
For breakfast, some of the items on offer include cereal and fruit with organic milk or avocado on toast. For lunch you can get a lunch pack with a sandwich, fruit and a marshmallow.
If your munchkin is thirsty, they can choose a babycino with organic milk and rainbow sprinkles, warm milk and honey or a yummy smoothies like mango coconut.
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Location: 1/5 Enoggera Terrace, Red Hill
Opening hours: Open 7 days, 6am to 2pm
This one is a bit out of left field as it is a juice bar with a bunch of locations throughout Brisbane. If you are into smoothies, freshly squeezed juices, nice creams and acai bowls, then this is the place for you. Think healthy plant based options and raw, gluten free and refined sugar free treats.
There is a gorgeous little kids menu, where you can purchase a kids sized juice, smoothie, nice cream or gelato, while you have the larger version.
Nice cream if you haven’t heard of it, is blended frozen fruit with additional mix ins like cacao, coconut or greek yoghurt. It is basically a healthier version of ice cream.
Raw squeeze also does a yummy variety of toasts and coffee. My favourite part is, you get a free bubacino with your coffee purchase. Which will save you the few dollars you normally pay for foam. Winning!
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Location and opening hours: Visit their website to find your closest store
Miss Bliss Whole Foods Kitchen is owned by a qualified nutritionist, and their healthy and delicious menu truly reflects this.
The section of the menu for kids is aptly titled ‘Baby Bliss’. Your child can enjoy granola with coconut yoghurt and fresh fruit, before having a play on the astro turfed backyard with the toys provided.
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Location: 85 Vulture Street, West End
Opening Hours: Weekdays 6:30am to 4pm and weekends 7am to 3pm
I am a big fan of Jamie Oliver and have so much respect for his mission to have families and children enjoy more wholesome and fresh meals. If you are looking for somewhere a bit more special to have a family meal out, then Jamie’s Italian in the CBD may be what you are after.
The kid's menu has an option for a big kid or a little kid, with the prices reflecting. All meals are served with a fresh shake-me salad and a choice of fruity water or juice. The kids can feast on spaghetti and meatballs, beef burgers, chicken lollipops, fish stew, gnocchi or chicken wraps.
The descriptions on the website of the meals all sound so mouth watering that I won't attempt to recreate them here.
Don’t stress about bringing your kids to a restaurant either, Jamie’s Italian is very kid friendly. And if you are worried about the cost of parking in the city, on Saturday’s and Sunday’s you can have free secure parking at Post Office Square courtesy of the restaurant.
Be sure to follow the Facebook page too, as they run regular promotions like 'Kids Eat Free' or '$10 pasta meals'.
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Location: 237 Edward Street (Rowes Arcade), Brisbane
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:30am to 10pm
As well as having an adorable name, Nana and Da's is an absolute gem in the northside suburb of Kedron. Both kids and adult will be charmed by the brightly colored décor of this renovated bakehouse.
There are toy boxes and books provided to keep your little one occupied and plenty of space for your pram. You are always made to feel welcome on arrival. It is like having a meal at your friend's house.
The kid’s menu is full of classic breakfast items that are all fresh and beautifully presented. They are very affordable too! You really cant go wrong with avocado on toast or boiled egg soldiers for only $4.50. There are also items like sweet potato and haloumi, koftas, hummus and Turkish bread for only $8.50.
Credit: Nana and Da's Facebook Page
Location: 12 Homebush Road, Kedron
Opening Hours: Open 7 days from 7am to 2pm