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MIAMI'S HEALTHIEST RESTAURANTS

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UPDATED MAR 4, 2020

There are so many healthy options to choose from in Miami. We’re talking meals made with organic, locally-sourced ingredients, meatless burgers, vegan desserts, and veggie-infused cocktails. So, make a reservation at one of these local restaurants and bring your appetite!

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CLARISSA BUCH

FITT MIAMI CONTRIBUTOR

A Toronto transplant, this incredible vegan restaurant, opened its first stateside location right here in Miami, and we're certainly glad they did! Stop by and you'll be met with an eclectic menu of colorful dishes, including 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. Oh, and be on the lookout, a second location is opening at CocoWalk in 2020.

As the only plant-based 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 treats. From rainbow sprinkle cakes to chocolate cupcakes and all types of cookies, you could stop by every day and try something new. Fitt Tip: If you’re throwing a party, reserve a vegan cake in advance.

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.

For upscale healthy eats, head to Plant Miami's gorgeous location in Wynwood. 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 we can't stop craving. And with more than 60 items to choose from, narrowing it down to a single entrée and a drink is a tricky. When in doubt, consider the flatbread with clams and Aleppo chili (just trust us here) paired with the Manic Botanic cocktail, infused with cucumber, kale, apple, citrus, and agave. Just don't leave without ordering a boozy ice cream popsicle — the Smoked Sweet Plantain is incredible.

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.

Lilikoi sits in the heart of South Pointe and is so committed to finding the freshest local and organic ingredients that they carefully evaluate each and every one that comes through their doors. And what that actually means is you won’t find anything processed or genetically modified in anything they serve, whether you order one of their big bowls of berries and greens, loaded wraps, or crunchy, crispy toasts. Reward your good choice with a craft cocktail made with fresh juice — because those too are organic.

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 much more bearable.

Another Wynwood spot, Love Life Cafe is another Miami staple that 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. 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 veggies. 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.

In Coral Gables, Green Gables Café is your quintessential neighborhood restaurant. While we’re fans of their breakfast and lunch, what really sets this place apart is its healthy brunch. Served on Saturdays, you can't go wrong with the Smoked Salmon Club with avocado and chipotle aioli or the gluten-free pancakes with maple syrup and fruit. The best part? They go the extra mile, partnering with sustainable farmers to ensure they are serving organic foods, as well as grass-fed, hormone-free, and antibiotic-free meats and dairy.

Pura Vida 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 delicious 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.

This 100% gluten-free spot at Aventura Mall offers a small but mighty menu full of seasonal flavors that we can’t stop craving. They have a short lineup of chef-designed, veggie-heavy bowls that manage to be both simple and unique, with picks like spirulina rice, sesame avocado, and vegan ranch slaw. But if you’re feeling adventurous, go ahead and customize your own creation to your heart’s content.

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