Vegan food to be served at Nourish Cafe in Kingaroy.
Vegan food to be served at Nourish Cafe in Kingaroy. Monique de Martin

New cafe offers a healthy option

HEALTH food lovers rejoice - a new cafe chock full of nutritious options is coming to town.

Nourish Cafe and Smoothie Bar will fill the empty shop on Kingaroy St, where Giving Tree Cafe was previously.

Keeping with the theme, Nourish will offer nothing but vegan and gluten free options.

Business owner Monique de Martin said vegan food wasn't just for vegans.

"It's hearty, it's wholesome, it's nutritious and it's nourishing. I don't care about the word vegan, I don't want to push it on anyone," she said.

Ms de Martin finds creative ways to replace traditional baking ingredients such as eggs, butter, milk and cream.

"I love it from a health perspective, because when I replace all those things, I replace them with cashew cream, rice syrup instead of sugar, coconut cream instead of butter, so it becomes a really nutritious meal rather than just a dessert," she said.

Ms de Martin has been making raw vegan cakes and treats for three years and is excited to set up a permanent shop front near her home town of Cushnie.

"I'm going to try and source as much as I can from local producers and I'm growing a lot of vegies myself," she said.

Ms de Martin will sell vegan cupcakes and other treats, smoothies and smoothie bowls, coffee, as well as more substantial meals such as chickpea and cauliflower bowls.

She said there was more of a demand for healthy vegan food in the South Burnett than many might realise.

"I'm surprised by the demand for it. I'm scared to use the word vegan. I've been vegan for 10 years and vegetarian for 20," she said.

"I think sometimes it's a bad word, and I don't want to segment or exclude people."

Nourish is due to open at the end of September 2018.

 

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