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by Yadira (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer, living in Canbooora. I mean, Canberra. But no, really, it's fun! I live for health, fitness and food. Kind of in that order, and sometimes ramble at Still want more? Tweet me @yadscauchi
Published December 18th 2012
Festive people rejoice!

I'm a bit of a health freak. I know that. So I'm not sure why it took me forever to go eat at Maple and Clove.

It's located at the Realm Precinct Park in Barton and prides itself on being a wholefood joint with healthy eats, treats...and (my favourite things ever) - super foods!

So again, I'm not sure why it took me forever to go there. Maybe I needed to have been just a little too festive the night before and therefore in no state to even think about making breakfast.

After all, tis' season to be jolly. I did have visions of riding out there though, looking all healthy and fit, feasting on delicious food and then riding home, looking even fitter and healthier than when I rode in (naturally).

But instead, when I went, my fiancÚ drove, I clung to my water bottle, struggled to make conversation and cursed myself for not taking a few Panadols before we left. Ha! But we got there. Hoorah!

So what was the food like? The drinks? The flavours?? Woaaah so many questions.

Okay, let me start.

Well, the morning after being too festive I often tend to crave weird foods. When I got there, I scanned the menu and didn't head straight for the eggs and butter and super yum fatty foods (as festive people usually would). Instead, I saw the homemade granola and wanted that more than anything in the world. Weird, hey! Anyway, my body thanked me.

They brought it out with a side of almond milk, and you get to choose. It's either normal, almond or coconut. I chose almond although am sure coconut would be super delish as well. And there's not too much milk, so if you're scared of all the (good) fats that coconut milk might bring, don't be. They're good for you. Next time I'm getting that for sure. You also get a blueberry berry type compote (superfood) to sprinkle on the top. It's pretty small, but you don't need much anyway.

My fiancÚ man friend on the other hand got the big breakfast, preservative free sausages, bacon, eggs, spelt toast, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes. The lot. And I picked at most of it. So can attest that it was good.

I guess for breakfast you could probably go anywhere else and get similar dishes so maybe that's not what Maple and Clove can do for you. But have you heard about the drinks? The smoothies! Some are even green. Now, tell me who does that in the Berra!

In the world of health foods, right now, green smoothies are the shiz. And the fact that there's somewhere in Canberra that can pump them out in takeaway cups or straight to your table gets massive kudos in my books.

Unsurprisingly then, when I was there, I ordered the 'ultimate green smoothie' filled with: kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, parsley, lemon, ginger, green apple, kiwi fruit and mint. Sound weird? Maybe. But it's good for you, and things that are good for you are often weird, but it's worth a try. Kale is the greatest gift to your body ever - but don't get me started on that.

Anyway, if green smoothies sound like way too scary a thing right now, they also have a selection of other amaze-ball smoothies. My man friend got a coffee walnut creation, espresso, milk, banana, walnuts, dates, Valrohna cocoa and cinnamon. And they have banana, strawberry and other chocolate creations too. I very much would like to try them all.

Ps: Check out their website here for more.
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When: Monday to Friday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 7:30am - 3:30pm
Where: Realm Park, Burbury Close, Barton ACT
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