252 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North VIC
03 9481 8406
When you’re trying to eat healthy, it sometimes seems that everywhere you turn there’s something leading you astray.
In order to succeed, it feels like you need to be surrounded by people that have the same health goals as you. Healthy Planet does just that, serving up feel good food and saving you from a world of nasty additives and preservatives.
While healthy eating may seem like a bit of a food trend, owner, Janaka Wijeratne, has been dishing out health foods since he opened the wellbeing eatery, Invita, at the Queen Victoria Market 14 years ago. After realising that people are now more and more aware of what they put into their mouth, Janaka saw the need to bless Fitzroy with its own healthy haven.
While the name Healthy Planet might suggest a mystical place, there is no galaxy theme here. The look is rustic yet modern, where neutral tones of brown and white allow for the colourful food to shine through. Janaka hopes that customers will fall in love with the food not because it’s healthy but because it tastes good.
‘Janaka hopes that customers will fall in love with the food not because it’s healthy but because it tastes good.’
The menu is 90% gluten free so no one has to miss out. Salad has come a long way from the typical green leaf with a bit of veg, and the quinoa or scrambled tofu salads are constant crowd pleasers. Whoever said eating healthy means eating weird and whacky was wrong; other popular dishes include soups, vegan wraps and lasagna. The only difference here is that they are made with ingredients that are good to your insides.
Satisfy that sweet tooth with a smoothie or juice, or try the chocolate cake – you’d never guess it’s both gluten free and vegan.
You may be eating healthy but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on all of your indulgences. At Healthy Planet you can enjoy award-winning coffee from Axil Coffee Roasters accompanied by unhomogenised, soy, almond or rice milk.
The Healthy Planet name is two-fold. Janaka strives to ensure that everything the cafe does is sustainable for the environment. To continue the friendly feel, the eatery offers wholesale items to other cafes, as well as providing a catering service for special events.
If you’re struggling for healthy food options, then maybe you’re just on the wrong planet. But not to worry – you don’t have to venture far. Healthy Planet is ready and waiting to take you on a good food journey.