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Ever since Thr1ve opened their first shop at MLC Centre it has been one of my go-to lunch options whenever I don’t bring my own. It has also been one of my top sources of caffeine because 1) Allpress and 2) mountain coffee (their version of bulletproof coffee). And since a few weeks ago, they are also a source of ready-made meals whenever life gets too hectic to cook.

Thr1ve meals

The ready-made meals, which follow the company’s vision (and robbwolfism) look, feel, perform, are made with quality proteins, smart carbs, good fats, and are all gluten-free. The website has a nifty filtering option so that you can select meals that are dairy free, keto friendly, nut free, post training, seafood free, snacks or vegetarian. The meals that contain grains have either a mix of brown rice and quinoa or gluten-free pasta in the case of the lasagna (which is delicious BTW).

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They have such a wide variety of meals that is hard for me to name a favourite. We’ve ordered most of the meals they have available: beef cheeks, beef madras, beef stroganoff, cottage pie, healthy lasagna, hearty Bolognese, Mexican chilli, Rogan Josh, slow cooked brisket, pulled lamb, butter chicken, chicken cacciatore, chicken tagine, jerk chicken, green chicken curry, grilled chicken, roast chicken, fish cakes, and teriyaki salmon.

 

I’ve tried a good percentage of those meals and enjoyed all of them, but I gotta say I have yet to find a paleo-friendly meal delivery service where the cauliflower rice stays fresh for a few days. The good news? Most of the meals come with a few different choices of sides, such as ratatouille, seasonal greens, sweet potato mash, and roasted vegetables.

 

Meals come in a sealed split plastic container (good for those people who can’t stand the components of their meals mixing up). The label lists all the ingredients, allergens, nutrition information, use by date and reheating instructions. That being said, all the meals can be frozen so go ahead and order a big batch (shipping is free for orders over $120).

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Review: Thr1ve new gluten-free buns

Thr1ve has recently introduced sandwiches in gluten-free buns to their menu. Yep, gluten-free buns are still buns (i.e. a source of excess carbohydrate that you may or may not need) but sometimes it’s nice to sink your teeth in a pillowy starchy bun.

An inside source told me Notorious P.I.G. (Asian style slow roasted pulled pork w. kaleslaw & sesame seeds) was his favourite of the range, so that’s what I ordered. I liked the fact that it comes tightly wrapped (burger-style) and packed in a box for easy transport. The sandwich looks small but it’s pretty filling. The meat was awesome but I was not a big fan of the crumpet-y bun. I do know it has better ingredients than most commercial gluten-free buns, so I would rather eat these.

Notorious P.I.G.

Notorious P.I.G. ($10)

So far my top gluten-free buns are from Grill’d for ingredients and Bar Luca for taste and texture.

Thr1ve

MLC Centre
Shop 28, level 6
19-29 Martin Place
Sydney 2000 NSW
(02) 9221 8173
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Better coffee

I drink my coffee black most of the time, but once in a while I have it for breakfast with some coconut milk, double cream or salted butter in it. This way it doesn’t upset my stomach as milk would, and the fat gives me extra energy, fills me up for several hours and helps me stay in fat burning mode.

Then I heard about the Bulletproof® Coffee, essentially a long black blended with MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil and grass-fed butter. This is the most famous invention of Dave Asprey, the biohacking guru behind The Bulletproof Executive. This coffee will keep you full and supercharged for hours. You can learn more here. If you decide to go ahead and make it at home you can buy the supplies here.

If you decide you want to try it first you can do so at Thr1ve or Paleo Cafe. The Thr1ve version is called mountain coffee because they don’t use the actual copyrighted coffee beans, but the idea is the same. It’s frothy, has a great taste and keeps you alert and satisfied.

Mountain coffee

Mountain coffee from Thr1ve ($4.90)

Thr1ve’s signature coffees also include the island coffee, with coconut cream and cinnamon, and the iceman coffee, a post-workout iced coffee made with MCT oil and vanilla whey protein isolate. Both great in flavour and very filling.

Island coffee

Island coffee from Thr1ve ($4.90)

Iceman coffee

Iceman coffee from Thr1ve ($5.90)

If you don’t want to drink your coffee black and don’t like the idea of having (too much) fat in it, there’s hope. Both Paleo Cafe and RealFood Connection offer lactose-free, coconut and almond milks. Sadhana Kitchen offers coconut and almond milk, too (no cow’s milk ’cause they’re vegan). I’m sure other vegan cafes/coffee carts offer the same alternatives, so keep your eyes peeled.

Almond milk latte

Almond milk latte from Paleo Cafe ($)

As much as I enjoy coffee and these amazing variations I’ve scaled down my consumption. Now that I’m gluten-free, reflux is no longer an issue but I find drinking coffee too frequently drains my energy away. That’s why Jason Seib and others recommend having coffee only when your health, stress and rest are in check. I totally agree.

Thr1ve
Shop 28, MLC Centre
19-29 Martin Place
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9221 3885
www.thr1ve.me
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Bondi Junction NSW 2022
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Real Food Connection
2 Sterling Circuit
Camperdown NSW 2050
(02) 9516 0267
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Sadhana Kitchen
147 Enmore Rd
Enmore NSW 2042
(02) 9516 1334
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Review: Thr1ve (Sydney CBD) (2)

I’ve been to Thr1ve a couple more times since my first review in order to try some other lunch options.

The first time I had a lunch bowl with grass-fed minute steak and onion jam served on salad greens. The steak was tender and the onion jam delicious. Not a huge serving as a whole but a very decent amount of protein.

Lunch bowl - grass-fed minute steak with onion jam

Lunch bowl – grass-fed minute steak with onion jam ($12.50, main size)

Another time I had a lunch bowl with salmon teriyaki served on greens with extra steamed broccoli. While the salmon wasn’t as juicy as I like it, it wasn’t hopelessly dry. It didn’t have a lot of sauce on it, which is actually good (means less sugar). It was an enjoyable lunch but I felt that the amount and greens and broccoli didn’t justify the price.

Salmon teriyaki lunch bowl

Lunch bowl – salmon teriyaki ($12.50, main size) plus steamed broccoli ($4)

Thr1ve
Shop 28, MLC Centre
19-29 Martin Place
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9221 3885
www.thr1ve.me

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Review: Thr1ve (Sydney CBD)

One of the big challenges people find when starting a Paleo journey is eating out. I think it takes a bit of research and a mindset shift to be able to make good choices. On the rare ocassions I haven’t brought my lunch to work, my go-to choices have been a large salad from Salad Plus (formerly Saladworks), roast chicken and salad from Coles or a sashimi salad from a sushi place in Wynyard station. Now I can add Thr1ve to the (top of the) list.

In the midst of the usual food court suspects in the MLC centre (Martin Place) there’s a “revolutionary” blackboard announcing high-protein, low-carb, no added sugar meals. Yes, this is not precisely the advice that you get from the government (which by the way works wonders to make the population fatter, sicker, and more dependant on the pharmaceutical/medical industry).

Thr1ve

Thr1ve offers good food and supplements (also exercise programming but I’m not sure how it works) with a Paleo/Primal bias. According to their website, that means that most of their menu complies with the following characteristics:

  • No added sugar.
  • No processed carbohydrates.
  • No grains.
  • Nutrient dense vegetables and fruits options.
  • High quality animal and vegetable protein options.
  • Superfood and herbal garnish options.

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Thr1ve

Thr1ve is open Monday to Friday for breakfast and lunch. These are some of the things I found really appealing:

  • The option of having raw almond milk (or A2 milk, for those who do dairy) as a base for smoothies.
  • The option of customising your smoothie with “superfoods” (their protein/greens products, acai, bee pollen, l├║cuma, or maca), nuts/nut butters (including coconut butter!), medium-chain triglycerides (MTCs), seeds, and spices.
  • The signature coffees: one with coconut cream and cinnamon, the other with MCTs and grass-fed butter.
  • The breakfast bowls with three free-range, dairy-free scrambled eggs as the foundation, instead of an early morning surge of insulin-spiking, gut-irritating carbohydrate (i.e. bread, cereal, porridge).
  • The lunch bowls and salads featuring quality protein (grass-fed beef, free range eggs and bacon).
  • Coconut oil mayonnaise. No explanation required.
  • Paleo treats made basically with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.
  • Interesting stuff for sale: their protein and greens supplements, plus Paleo/Primal books (for example, Mark Sisson’s The Primal Blueprint and my favourite cookbook: Melissa Joulwan’s Well Fed).

Having said that, it’s good to point out that the menu is not 100% Paleo/Primal (as a business they must cater for conventional wisdom believers, I guess). You will find things like soy milk, brown rice, oats, legumes, toast and bread rolls. Do not eat those.

In my first visit I ordered the B.L.T. chop chop salad, crisp free range bacon, boiled egg, chopped iceberg lettuce, chunks of tomato & watercress, with a balsamic honey mustard dressing that is served separately. It was good and packed a very generous amount of chopped bacon that kept me well nourished for the rest of the day, which does not happen with other takeaway salads.

BLT chop chop salad

BLT chop chop salad

BLT chop chop salad ($9.50)

Note: this salad has been replaced (upgraded, I should say) by the K.B.A. (kale, bacon and avocado) salad with roast bacon, kale, avocado, hazelnuts, hazelnut oil, orange and lemon juice, salt and pepper, mixed greens base, served with an orange wedge and watercress garnish. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s in my radar. Something else that has changed with the new menu is that now you can mix-and-match the dressings.

On my second visit I had breakfast after an early morning workout (yes, I used it as an excuse to have a smoothie). Although all the signature smoothies sound really tempting (for example, salted caramel – dates, banana sea salt, and cashew butter), I ordered a custom one with raw almond milk, mixed berries, banana, and coconut butter (no sweetener). I ordered it with PerformaProtein but apparently they forgot to add it. Bummer.

The breakfast bowls are customisable too: besides the three scrambled eggs (or three egg whites with one yolk) you can choose brown rice (just because you can doesn’t mean you should), wilted spinach or roast tomato. You can also add free-range bacon, smoked salmon, grilled Tasmanian salmon, spicy tomato salsa, smashed avocado or roast veggies, for a fee. Mine had three scrambled eggs, roast tomato, and smashed avocado.

Breakfast bowl & custom smoothie

Breakfast bowl ($8.50 + $2 for the avocado), custom smoothie ($6.90 + $1 for the coconut butter)

The smoothie was good but a bit watery compared to the ones I used to make at home back in the day. The eggs were slightly too set for my liking, but not bad. The peppery roast tomato was juicy and flavourful. I’m not very sure about the smashed avocado: it wasn’t fully mashed, nor completely chunky… I think it gives the wrong impression that they don’t care too much about presentation.

That was more than enough of a breakfast for me but I couldn’t resist the temptation of trying one of their signature coffees, specifically the mountain coffee: a long black with MCT oil and grass-fed butter. (A note on the butter: I panicked when I saw the dreaded pale yellow plastic container all artificial butter imitations come in and asked to see the ingredients. While it was not just cream and salt, it wasn’t that bad. Not Pepe Saya quality, but not crap.) I was expecting them to just stir the MCT oil and butter in the coffee (that’s what I do at home) but this is where the magic comes in: they blend a glug of oil and a super generous spoonful of butter with some coffee and add it to the rest of the pour. The result is frothy, creamy, unctuous, and delicious. At $4.90 it’s not precisely cheap, but to be fair it’s served in a large takeaway cup and can easily be considered a full breakfast. Even though I had trained that morning I was full for 6+ hours.

I will definitely post follow-ups as I work my way through the menu.

Thr1ve
Shop 28, MLC Centre
19-29 Martin Place
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9221 3885
www.thr1ve.me

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