Jul. 1st, 2014

Keep the Diet On Track With Healthy Eats Throughout Miami


Miami is a health-conscious city. With a year-round swimsuit season and an eternal summer climate, residents take serious stock in looking and feeling good at all times. It’s an active town full of joggers along the beach, yoga devotees, and water sports enthusiasts. Sure, the South Beach Diet’s been around for over a decade, but what do citizens of the Magic City really fuel up on to stay in such great shape?

Fortunately, Miami has an abundance of healthy, organic, and natural restaurants to choose from with vegetarian and vegan options. Whether you’re a health food devotee or just want to sample the fare in the land of the beautiful people, here are some great picks around town for healthy eating options that happen to be delicious, too.

Photo Courtesy of Pasha's


With its original location on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, Pasha’s restaurants can now be found all over the Greater Miami area from Aventura Mall to the University of Miami. Serving healthy Mediterranean food in a fast, friendly setting, Pasha’s is a go-to for a delicious meal that’s light, but also satisfying. Everything on the menu is natural, and there’s no additives, trans fat, or MSG. Popular items include the choban salad with chopped tomatoes and cucumbers (add feta!), falafel wraps, and an assortment of fresh pressed juices and smoothies. 

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Go Go Fresh Food Café

This hidden gem on Alton Road has a cult following of South Beach locals who lunch there. With a menu of big (really big) and mini (perfect portion) salads, as well as an extensive selection of homemade empanadas ranging from the traditional steak chimichurri to a more original spicy Thai chicken, you’ve got to go to Go Go! Their super food salad (served mini or big) is made with spinach, quinoa, tomatoes, edamame, broccoli, chickpeas, toasted pumpkin seeds, and golden raisins served with a homemade carrot ginger dressing.

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Photo Courtesy of Whole Foods Market South Beach

Whole Foods

Whether you have a Whole Foods in your hometown or not, paying a visit to the South Beach outpost is worth your while. Stock your fridge with healthy, organic eats, grab a freshly prepared sandwich or sushi roll to go, or create your own lunch out of their extensive salad and hot bar. It’s a South Beach destination for locals and visitors alike. Whole Foods also has stores in Aventura and Coral Gables.

Pritikin Longevity Center
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Pritikin Longevity Center at Doral Golf Resort & Spa

The Pritikin program is a leading evidence-based, lifestyle-change health resort. Medically supervised, it is comprised of health exams, educational lectures, and real-world implementation in exercise, nutrition and cooking - and has produced life-changing results since 1975.

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Photo Courtesy of Barbar Grill

Barbar Grill

One wouldn’t expect to find a haven for authentic Greek food in the heart of Little Havana, but that’s exactly what you get at Barbar Grill on Calle Ocho. Known for its homemade pita (white and wheat), creamy hummus, and delicious falafel, it’s a haven for vegetarians and fans of Middle Eastern cuisine alike.

Forget packing on vacation pounds when you travel to Miami. With these great options you’ll look and feel great. Enjoy your time sampling these healthy, delectable selections across the Magic City!

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