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MIAMI'S HEALTHIEST RESTAURANTS

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UPDATED OCT 1, 2019

There are so many great options to choose from in Miami. We’re talking meals made with organic, locally-sourced ingredients, sushi made with fruit, meatless burgers, vegan desserts, and veggie-infused cocktails. So, make a reservation at one of Miami’s healthiest (and most delicious) restaurants and bring your appetite!

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CLARISSA BUCH

FITT MIAMI CONTRIBUTOR

If you’re familiar with Toronto, there’s a good chance you’ve already heard of Planta. The vegan restaurant, which opened its first stateside location in Miami, offers a colorful menu of sushi, pizza, burgers, and small plates — all made with ethically-sourced, plant-based substitutes. We recommend the spicy tuna roll, which swaps fish for watermelon, or the veggie burger topped with cashew cheese. Set up at the tip of South Beach, this hot spot is the perfect place for a healthy date night.

It’s hard not to love everything about GLAM. We’re all about the restaurant’s clever name: Green Living Animals Matter. And with a convenient location in Midtown Miami, the restaurant makes it easy to enjoy a veggie-focused business lunch or a casual dinner. Whatever you do, make sure to try the jackfruit tacos, which are stuffed with spicy tofu crema, red cabbage, and avocado. No worries if you’re gluten-free or allergic to nuts, either — they label menu items that are made with them, so you know what to avoid.

As the only vegan chef to come in first place on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, chef Chloe Coscarelli is a vegan master — especially when it comes to pastries and desserts. Situated inside St. Roch Miami in the Design District, Chloe runs this charming food stall, which is stocked with her best-selling, freshly-baked vegan treats — from rainbow sprinkle cakes to chocolate cupcakes and all types of cookies. Fitt Tip: If you’re throwing a party, reserve a vegan cake in advance.

By now, you’re probably familiar with DIRT, the Miami-based clean eating restaurant with spots in Miami Beach and Brickell. This place caters to almost every type of eater, from vegan and vegetarian to gluten-free and paleo. Whether you’re looking for a healthy breakfast, lunch, or dinner, DIRT makes finding a healthy meal easy. Order the So-Cal Burrito, filled with eggs, pepper jack cheese, and sautéed onions, the Matcha Protein Pancakes, or a grass-fed burger with vegan cheddar cheese on a Zak the Baker brioche bun. Whatever you choose, you’ll leave full, satisfied, and planning your next visit.

We’re not sure what we love most about Organic Bites — the restaurant’s cozy garden-like patio in Miami’s MiMo District or the fact that it’s open seven days a week, all day long. Either way, we’re all about sitting alfresco with a fresh heirloom tomato burrata and a coconut water. If you hadn’t already gathered — yes, everything is 100% organic. And, yes, you just hit the healthy food jackpot.

Plant Miami is where we go for an upscale healthy meal. Sporting a gorgeous location in Wynwood, some of Plant Miami’s best-sellers include cauliflower steak, watermelon caprese, and chocolate pineapple cake with almond crust. And you can bet everything on the menu here is vegetarian, organic, seasonally-inspired, and made with ingredients sourced from its sister property, Paradise Farms. Plus, the restaurant is only a few blocks away from the center of Miami’s arts district, so take yourself on a guided tour of the city’s street art before or after your visit.

Inside one of Miami’s Beach’s swankiest resorts, Plnthouse at the 1 Hotel takes healthy dining to the next level with a menu of bowls, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, and more that cater to every type of eater — vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, keto, and paleo included. With more than 60 items, narrowing it down to a single entrée and drink is a tricky. When in doubt, consider the Fig and Pear Flatbread paired with the Manic Botanic cocktail, infused with cucumber, kale, apple, citrus, and agave. End your meal with a boozy ice cream popsicle, like the key lime martini, the smoked sweet plantain, or the strawberries and rosé.

The South Florida outpost of Helene Henderson’s Californian restaurant, Malibu Farm is straight out of a dream. Facing the ocean, the beachside restaurant inside the Eden Roc Hotel offers a menu filled with fruits, vegetables, and hearty grains. Not only that, the restaurant sources many of its ingredients from local farms, recreating many of Henderson’s Los Angeles classics in Miami. Fitt Tip: order the Avocado Pizza.

This pastel-colored cafe in the Design District is our go-to for an afternoon coffee break. Give us an almond milk latte with a banana quinoa muffin, and there’s nothing that’ll stop us from nailing our afternoon meetings and finishing up that last assignment. OTL is also a great spot for a quick breakfast (it’s served all day) or lunch, with mouth-watering menu items like overnight oats with kiwi and berries, an Eggplant Panini, and an Heirloom Tomato and Peach Salad. We don’t blame you if you order one of each.

Icebox Cafe is one of Miami Beach’s longest-standing health-focused restaurants. The eatery is behind some of our all-time favorite plates, including the buffalo cauliflower wings, the Ropa Vieja Lettuce Wraps, and the Kale and Quinoa Fritters. Plus, the company operates satellite spots inside Miami International Airport, which makes traveling that much more bearable.

Another Wynwood spot, Love Life Cafe specializes in clean, plant-based eats. What you’ll find here are nourishing and delicious plates you can feel good about eating. The veggie burger is one of the restaurant’s most-ordered items, and for good reason — it’s topped with homemade guacamole, vegan cheddar, marinated kale, and cilantro aioli. If you’re gluten-free, they’ve got tons of options to choose from (including the pizza). Who said healthy eating can’t be fun?

This Miami-based fast-casual restaurant serves up rainbow bowls mixed with the most vibrant ingredients. At Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen, create your own lunch or dinner by first choosing a base of leafy greens, bulgur wheat, lentils, or turmeric basmati rice (or all of the above!). Then, go for a few dips and spreads and continue your culinary journey with slow-roasted beef, oregano-spiced chicken, falafel, or seasonal-roasted veggies. Oh, and add as many toppings as you like! With locations in Brickell, Kendall, and Aventura, this spot is a great option for a quick and healthy meal in-between errands or after a long workday.

Think of Jimmy’z Kitchen as the best of Miami flavor all on one plate. This American-Latin fast-casual restaurant, which operates locations in Wynwood and South Beach, offers handmade meats, sandwiches, and salads with a South America twist. The restaurant is best known for its Roasted Cuban Mojo Pork, which is prepared entirely in-house. And, if you’re looking for a place to cater your next event, ask Jimmy’z — they’re one of Miami’s best.

In Coral Gables, Green Gables Café is your quintessential neighborhood restaurant. While we’re fans of Green Gables’ breakfast and lunch, what really sets this place apart is its healthy brunch. Served Saturdays, go for the Smoked Salmon Club with avocado and chipotle aioli or the gluten-free pancakes with maple syrup and fruit, and wash it down with the spicy apple juice, blended with apple and ginger. The best part, though, is they go the extra mile, partnering with sustainable farmers to ensure they are serving organic foods, as well as pastured, grass-fed, hormone-free, and antibiotic-free meats and dairy.

Pura Vida in South Beach, Edgewater, and Coral Gables is all about health and happiness. That’s why they’re passionate about serving every type of restaurant-goer and use pasture-raised meats, and Florida-grown, locally-sourced organic ingredients whenever possible. They’re best known for their organic acai bowls and superfood smoothies, but if you’re looking for something heartier, order the Volcano Chicken, a wrap stuffed with spinach, tomato, cucumber, jalapeño and mozzarella. And when you’ve ran out of food (sans the half-eaten bag of chips), the restaurant offers fast delivery. No excuses.

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