My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali

This year sure has been a wild one. It included my cookbook launch along with some serious overseas adventures in Bali and Dubai.

Bali was honestly one of the most beautiful places I have ever experienced and to be honest, I haven't even begun to explore all it has to offer and I can guarantee that I will return to this little slice of heaven! The people are humble and kind and the environment thick, lush and tropical with warm balmy air. And don’t get me started on the spectacular food! As you can well imagine I ate my way through Bali one glorious cafe at a time. With most of the island being vegan and offering up healthy snacks and treats I felt like free-reign was essential to getting the full experience.

So here is one of the first blog posts from my trip and a little information on where you can go feast while soaking in the good vibrations of Bali.

We flew into Denpasar airport and took a cab (which should cost you no more than R250) straight through to Canngu. Canggu is a little surfers village on the west coast of Bali. Filled with gorgeous cafes that have well thought out interior and more often than not an extensive healthy menu that is made up of fresh colourful foods and smoothies. Be patient in the cab on the way from the airport as traffic is crazy and although the journey isn’t far it can take over an hour to get there as the roads are small in Bali.

If you are traveling on a budget I would say that the cafes are very well priced. You can get a meal for R80 ($6) however, if you want to change it up and go to a local warung which is a home restaurant run by the locals then you can get an amazing fresh meal for R20 - R50 ($3) Do make sure you experience a Warung as the food is fresh and delicious and you are supporting local which is always wonderful!

In no specific order here are the cafes I visited and loved!


Crate Cafe:

This little hipster cafe was my welcome to Bali spot. It has a simple industrial concrete decor with a menu that offers a wide variety of healthy smoothies, smoothie bowls and hearty dishes such as fluffy quinoa and perfect poached eggs. It fills up quickly so I would visit earlier in the day if you want to get a space. You order at the counter and most meals cost roughly R50. Which was brilliant value for money and some would argue the best breakfast in Canggu. The food was fresh and tasty. You can also order coconuts everywhere you go so make sure to try them. They are great for hydration and taste like heaven! The coffee was on point but don’t take my word for it! Make sure you pop around to this institution.


My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali
My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali
My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali
My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali

The Avocado factory

I mean who doesn’t love avocados toast? If you do then I have found your mecca. This little spot has a full menu designed around the glorious food that is avocado! With Avocado roses coming out of the kitchen on all dishes it was easy to fall in love with the food before we even ate it! A little more pricer than most cafes for breakfast however, if you have the spend in your budget then dig in and enjoy! The dishes are served on white plates making each one pop with colour! Not to mention the avocado toast was heavenly and combined with fresh elements such as sugar snaps. Yum! The branded coconuts didn’t go a miss either, its all in the detail.

My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali
My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali
My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali
My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali

Made famous on Instagram Nalu Bowls is a little cafe situated not 500m from the beach front of Canggu. If you find them on instagram you will get lost in the world of perfect smoothie bowls that are so beautiful you won’t want to eat them. Unless you are me. They are filled with fresh fruits and made fresh to order. The wait can take long so get there before you are hangry, it is well worth it!

My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali
My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali
My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali
My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali

Catch a bite at the local Warung. These are spots that have been set up in the front of a local families house. The kitchen is at the back and they have turned it into a family business. The offer a wide variety of fresh vegetables, noodles and of course rice. Try the red rice as this was my favourite and I am convinced a meal on its own. Nasi-goreng (fried rice) and Mie-Goreng (fried Noodles) are the famous local dishes and you have to try them to experience authentic food. This was our favourite way of eating as it was super affordable, you get a large variety and it is freshly made every day! Plus you are supporting local families.

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My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali
My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali

The Shady Shack

Ok so get ready to have the worlds best chocolate smoothie - yes I said it. It was simply mind blowing delicious and the best part? It had natural probiotics in it. So not only will you fill you belly with happy flora but you will send your taste buds into chocolate heaven. The rest of the food is just as utterly scrumptious and is completely vegetarian and healthy. They make yummy smoothie bowls however I dug deep into their full house style breakfasts with eggs. They also stock Ubud RAW which is a chocolate brand making healthy chocolate treats with local organic cacao. Whats not to love?

My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali
My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali
My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali
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Rise and Shine was my standard go to veggie breakfast bowl with delicious sourdough toast topped with avo! A utterly delicious carefully made breakfast that was well thought out and very filling. Space is limited so make sure you get there early or be ready to wait for a table as it is very popular. They also offer coffee that was sublime. I might or might not have lost myself in several coconut milk piccolos for the morning. Resulting in Lauren needing to keep up with my Caffeine high!

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My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali

This Vegan emporium will leave you mind blown at what you can achieve sans meat. Meet Peloton Supershop. A cafe that offers a full vegan experience from burgers to tacos and non of it will make you long for their meat counter part. Coupled with a bicycle store this spot is all about the environment which means I am all about it. The menu is extensive and you will find something for every occasion. The menu was created together with Indonesian/Australian vegan and foodie Lauren Camilleri. The food is colourful and the hardest part is deciding on one dish. Which I couldn’t do so I ordered 3. It’s a problem! A must visit vegan or not! The interior is industrial meets vintage and the staff are always happy to help!

My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali
My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali
My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali
My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali
My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali
My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali

Cafe Vida - Im not sure what I was more in love with, the extensive list of healthy elixirs or the wide variety of chocolate and sweet treats that were made from raw healthy chocolate. This establishment is housed inside a balinese authentic home and is filled with the smell of coffee and you can soak up the culture while you feast. The smoothie bowls were my favourite in Canggu. Topped with bee pollen and seed mix they were perfectly balanced in their fruit to super food ratio. The menu is well thought out and offers one of the widest varieties of herbal tea I have seen! It was so good, I went back twice!

My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali
My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali
My Canggu breakfast cafe guide - Bali

Canggu is filled with hip and happening cafes around every busy or quiet corner. I only got to small handful and wish I got to so much more. The one thing I do know is that this little surfing village prides itself on the quality of the cafes and you can’t really go wrong because exploring is part of the adventure. If you find yourself in Bali, be brave, take a shot left and try something new. You will most probably fall in love with it. This list is just my experience and I hope you will go out there and make your own!

Happy Eating!

Sweet potato and Acai smoothie bowl

Sweet potato and Acai smoothie bowl
Sweet potato and Acai smoothie bowl
Sweet potato and Acai smoothie bowl
Sweet potato and Acai smoothie bowl
Sweet potato and Acai smoothie bowl

Guilty as charged! I promised you guys more recipes and to be honest, with the launch of my cookbook WHOLE - bowl food for balance, it has been crazy! I am hoping that this insanely delicious smoothie makes up for it. If you haven't shopped my book yet then click here to get your hands on a copy! 

As you guys know I have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) This is an endocrine disease that stops me from having a regular cycle. I used to feel really ashamed about sharing it with others. However, I have since learned that 8-10% of females at childbearing age have it. I have also learned along the path of discovering my health that it is a solvable problem through healthy eating and lifestyle changes. 

It can be overwhelming when you look at the whole picture and you have so many people telling you what not to eat and what to eat. I have learned that the only way I am going to succeed is to make one small change a day or even in a month. All the little changes eventually add up and before you know it you will be leading a healthier lifestyle. 

This smoothie bowl is unique because I recently discovered that banana isn't ideal for me to be having as someone with PCOS because it is higher in sugar and sugar triggers hormonal acne. It's not to say a banana is bad. It's just to say that it isn't necessarily good for me as an individual right now. The problem is though, is that I love creamy smoothies. I mean duh, who doesn't. I went down the rabbit hole to find out what solution and I found it. Steamed sweet potato. Yes, you heard me. I steam it, then I freeze it, then I blend it and it is glorious! It makes the smoothies super decadent and delicious and it doesn't overpower the flavours. It's a healthy carb and a great kick starter to my day! I steam the sweet potato then I freeze it placed out on a baking tray so that it doesn't stick together. Once frozen I add them to a freezer safe Tupperware.

If you do this you end up with at least a weeks worth of supply and you can give the bananas a break. Try it and see how you feel. Does your body love it or not so much? It's about listening to what works for you. For now, I am on a mission to make as many small changes as I can in order to achieve normal health and hormonal balance! 


Ingredients:

1 1/2 steamed and frozen sweet potato (about 2 cups) – white or orange sweet potato
1 cup of frozen berries of your choice (I used blueberries) 
1 teaspoon acai
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1/2 ripe avocado
1 serving of pea protein powder or protein powder of your choice
2 majool dates, pitted
1 tablespoon of almond butter + extra for drizzling on top
1/4 cup almond milk, you can add more if needed. 

toppings all optional:

chia seeds
raspberries
sliced banana
coconut
strawberries
almond butter
pumpkin seeds
buckwheat
sunflowers seeds
 


Instructions:

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Decorate with toppings and serve! 

-Melissa 

Buckwheat porridge with caramelized banana

Buckwheat porridge with caramelized banana

*Serves 1

This is a really great meal if you are bored with your usual, mundane breakfast. It is easy, delicious and different. Banana is decadent and sweet paired with the crunch of the almonds this breakfast is enough to satisfy any cravings! 


Ingredients:

  • 300g buckwheat
  • coconut oil
  • 1 ½ cups almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • 1 teaspoon agave or raw honey
  • 1 banana, sliced to your liking
  • 1 handful raw almonds

Instructions:

Soak the buckwheat in water overnight, then drain and rinse.

In a medium frying pan over a medium heat add a teaspoon of coconut oil and fry the buckwheat until golden brown, about five minutes.

Add the almond milk, cinnamon, turmeric, vanilla, and honey. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed. Dish the porridge into a bowl and set aside.

In the same frying pan, add a teaspoon of coconut oil and the banana and fry on a medium heat until sticky and caramelized, roughly five minutes. Once caramelized, add the banana to the porridge. Top with almonds and serve.

Health fact:

Buckwheat is high in fiber and gluten-free. Combined with the turmeric which is anti-inflammatory, this breakfast will pack a punch, and what is breakfast for if not for energy!

-Melissa 

 

Sweet corn polenta with crispy bacon

Sweet corn polenta with crispy bacon

I've been playing around with a few unique takes on breakfast. I've been wanting to mix things up and keep it fresh whilst still keeping it on the healthier side. I've used polenta as it reminds me of porridge. Maize is packed with energy and the parmesan and bacon topping will leave you in taste heaven! It's quick and easy to make and a wonderful recipe with this cooler weather as it is a very comforting dish! If you want to adapt it to vegan skip the cheese and bacon and add avocado and some crunchy greens like rocket! Start to play with the flavours and trust your palette and body when it comes to food. Life is too short to not enjoy flavours or feel bad after food. Some people enjoy meat for example where as others feel sluggish after eating it. For what ever the reason, make it yours! -Enjoy! 


*Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 200g streaky bacon
  • 1 sweetcorn
  • ½ cup polenta
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large spring onion
  • parmesan

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 200°C.

In a roasting tray lay the streaky bacon flat except for three pieces.

Pop your bacon into the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes. Keep and eye on it and make it as crispy as you like. 

Finely dice your remaining bacon pieces.

In a small frying pan over a medium heat add your bacon bits and fry until crispy. Set aside.

Meanwhile, remove the sweet corn kernels off the cob.

In a medium pot, over a medium heat add two cups of vegetable stock and teaspoon of salt.

Bring the water to a boil, turn down temperature and reduce to a simmer.

Slowly add your polenta while whisking continuously.

Whisk the polenta until it is all incorporated and there are no lumps. About five minutes. Add the sweetcorn to the polenta and continue whisking.

If your polenta gets a little dry, feed it with a small amount of hot water.

Your total cook time for the polenta is ten minutes.

Finely slice the spring onions.

For the last two minutes of the bacon being in the oven, turn the grill on to crisp it up.

Add the polenta to a serving bowl. Top with bacon, spring onion and parmesan shavings.

Option to add rocket if you are wanting to add more greens or top it with a poached egg! 

-Melissa 

Healthy hotcakes with berry compote

Healthy hotcakes with berry compote

Who remembers having cinnamon sugar pancakes doused in lemon juice when you were young? 

I sure do. 

Back when I was young and wild and free, mostly because I was on a sugar high. What happened to those days?

The days of guilt-free feasting on sugar-laced pancakes? 
We grew up. 

We became adults and with it came, (hopefully) a certain awareness. 
We realised that we couldn't have whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted it and discovered much to our dismay, that refined sugar is a carcinogenic killer and that it is hidden in almost every product that we consume. 
We know that we need to walk more, eat healthier and be aware of what we are putting into our bodies. 
As my good friend Nikita says, it’s time to stop counting calories and to start counting chemicals. 

When last did you actually read the ingredients on a package and not just the kilojoules or carb amount? 
Better yet, when last did you understand what the ingredients were??

I have taken a vow to not eat less but to eat better. 
At the end of the day that is what it comes down to. 
Mindless eating is out and mindful eating is in! 

Personally, I have become slightly obsessed with this new awareness and am pushing myself to learn new ways of having my cake and eating it! 
These hotcakes are delicious and will leave your Sunday mornings all the better for it! 
The best part?

They are (refined) sugar-free and in my opinion, guilt free. 

Now isn't that a relationship we all want with our food? 


Ingredients:

For the hotcakes

  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 large green apple, grated
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

For the berry compote

  • 1 cup mixed berries, frozen or fresh
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar

Instructions:

For the hotcakes

In a medium bowl whisk the eggs.

Add the flour, green apple, almond milk, cinnamon, vanilla paste and baking powder to the eggs and whisk until well combined.

In a large frying pan over a medium heat, add one tablespoon of coconut oil.

Spoon the pancake mixture into the pan, about two tablespoons per portion.

Cooking two to three minutes on either side or until golden brown.

For the Compote

In a small frying pan over a medium heat, add the berries and the coconut sugar, allow to simmer or until the berries reach a jam-like consistency.

Top the hotcakes and serve hot!

Health fact: Berries are rich with powerful antioxidants. They assist in neutralizing free radicals or unstable oxygen molecules, that can cause damage to cells which are a major source of disease and aging.

-Melissa