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Sitting down for a meal is a universal time for connection. Family, friends and good food go hand-in-hand – there’s a reason we often plan our catchups around it. And when it’s coupled with the stellar waterfront views at Marina Mirage, it makes for a pretty special day out. However, while food should be enjoyed, it’s important to do so in moderation. You want to walk away from your meal feeling energised, not sluggish, after all!

Luckily, there are plenty of healthier dining options on the marina, and coupled with these clever tips, you’ll be feeling happy and energised all day.

Read the menu online beforehand

You’ve locked in a day to catch-up with your loved ones and now it’s time to plan where to eat and shop. The beauty of planning ahead means you can not only get excited about the day but also have a squiz at the online menus of the cafes and restaurants you want to try. This is a big help when it comes to choosing healthier options because you can decide ahead of time and avoid temptation when you arrive.

Tip: when dining out for brunch, choose a high-protein dish with plenty of healthy fats like the always delicious smashed avocado on sourdough with poached eggs and a coffee from Café Mirage.

Pack some nutrients into your meals

For a big day out enjoying all that Marina Mirage has to offer, lighter meals may help you feel more energetic. And when you can pack some feel-good nutrients into them, like they do when blending the seasonal acai bowls at The Patio by Sunset, it’s a win-win! Not to mention, their bowls are topped with only the freshest, tastiest Queensland fruit.

Make some simple swaps 

You’ve likely heard it before, but we can often mistake thirst for hunger. And when you combine that with the 300 days of sunshine we have on the Gold Coast, keeping hydrated is even more important. So, the next time you feel like reaching for a soft drink at lunch, simply swap it for a bottle of water. Good for your health and your hydration! Another great swap is opting for a few plates of fresh sushi from Ace Wasabi or a delicious crunchy salad topped with juicy prawns from Sunset Bar & Grill rather than a heavy dish for lunch.

Tip: always ask for dressing and sauces on the side. You’ll be surprised at how much less sauce you eat, while still being just as tasty!

Order before everyone to avoid food envy

You might’ve chosen your meal ahead of time and were completely content with your choice, but it’s very easy to be swayed when your family and friends are indulging. Again, plan ahead! Pick your meal online and ask the friendly waitstaff if you can swap any cheeky sides with some fresh veggies or a crunchy salad. Thinking of dining at Omeros Bros Restaurant or Glass Dining & Lounge Bar? Their seafood menus are arguably some of the best in southeast Queensland and incredibly good for you!

And remember, going out to eat should be a fun experience. Do your best to make healthy choices Gold Coasters, but if you’ve been eyeing off the mango panna cotta – enjoy it!

Looking forward to seeing you at Marina Mirage, soon.

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