Thr1ve (spelling is with a ‘1’ instead of an ‘i’) is an Australian healthy fast food outlet based on paleo principles. The good news for coeliacs is that the paleo style of eating avoids grains and thus is usually gluten free and opens up more options for eating out. Their website describes the food as ‘a seasonally evolving menu that is nutrient dense, high in quality proteins and smart carbs, is always gluten free and utilises no added sugar’. You can find menus and nutritional information on their website thr1ve.me/
The first Melbourne Thr1ve opened at the Emporium Food Court on Lonsdale Street (not far from Melbourne Central or the Bourke Street Mall) and they now have also have stores in Collins Place and Chadstone Shopping Centre.
You order from the menu above the counter and then have a short wait while your meal is freshly prepared. Menus change seasonally and paper versions are available at the counter, or you can look online before you go. There are symbols to mark what is vegetarian and also what contains nuts and dairy.
The menu has a good number of standard menu items to choose from or you can build your own. The principle is to choose a base (eg brown rice & quinoa or greens) and then protein (choose from chicken, fish, beef) and then sides (such as boiled egg, veggies, smashed avocado, or feta).
Thr1ve also has a good range of smoothies with a choice of milks (including dairy free options): full cream or skim milk, almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk.
For Thr1ves in food courts, seating is in the food court area which is shared by all stores in the food court.
The meal above is a base of sweet potato mash and greens, with the beef and an avocado mash which was from the 2015 Spring/Summer menu. It was quite a generous serving and I wasn’t sure I would finish it, but I ate every last scrap as it was delicious and all the flavours went well together. I washed it down with a banana walnut smoothie which I enjoyed (it didn’t taste nutty despite the almond milk and walnuts).
The bun below is the ‘smokey joe’ pulled beef with superfood slaw from the 2016 Spring/Summer menu – absolutely delicious and such a treat to have a roll while out!
You can finish off with a choice of bars or balls. Below is the ginger ball, which has a good zing!
They have also recently launched the delivery of ready meals. Check on-line for more information.
If you have been aware of Thr1ve for a while, you may remember them originally using ‘gluten free’ oats for their muesli and porridge. This seems to have ceased sometime during 2016 (see grey box below regarding oats), although I will check again in winter as these items are not currently on the menu.
A note on oats: In Australia oats, even ‘gluten free’ oats cannot be legally labelled as gluten free due to labelling laws. For more information on this look at the Coeliac Australia website.
Thr1ve gluten free stores are a great addition to the Australian food court scene for a quick and healthy breakfast or lunch. There are also stores in Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide. If you are a coeliac going out with colleagues for lunch it should appeal to both meat eaters and vegetarians. I now need to go back for breakfast and try the paleo pancakes!
For location details, please see the thr1ve.me/ website (list below updated Dec 2016).
Emporium Food court, 7 days
Collins Place, weekdays only
Chadstone Level 1 Food court, 7 days
Pitt St Westfield, 7 days
Martin Place, weekdays only
Australia Square, weekdays only
Warringah Plaza Westfield, 7 days
Greenwood Plaza, weekdays only
Canberra Centre, 7 days
Post Office Square, weekdays only
For more gluten free in Australia options and travel ideas, please check the following links:
- 100% gluten free Melbourne
- Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine)
- Sydney (domestic) airport
- Foddies, fructose friendly in Albert Park
- 100% gluten free London
- London Heathrow & Gatwick airport gluten free options
- Paris gluten free
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