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8 Healthy Restaurant Dishes in Miami That Are Also Delicious

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In a perfect world, you could alternate between eating meatball subs and trays of loaded nachos every day with no repercussions for the planet, your blood pressure or the steadily increasing obesity rate in America. But sometimes we are troubled with the burden of "making good choices," especially when it comes to the foods we eat.

Misconceptions about healthy food include assumptions that it is tasteless, boring and not satisfying. Here are eight places in Miami that challenge those fallacies with dishes like creamy ice cream alternatives, healthy — yet delicious! — pizza, lightened up versions of Cuban classics, and other mouthwatering dishes that taste as good as they make you feel. Promise.

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1. Diced Food

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10840 SW 104th St
Miami, FL 33176
At Diced you begin with a choice between a wrap, a rice-based bowl or salad, seem familiar? Protein options include hormone-free chicken, grass fed beef and tuna. There's white rice, brown rice and quinoa, all sodium and gluten-free, vegan black and pinto beans, ten different veggies, and mozzarella and cheddar cheese. And good luck choosing between the house made sauces: tomato basil, spicy guava, garlic pesto cilantro and vegan sauce (get all of them).

2. Bianco Gelato

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3137 Commodore Plz
Miami, FL 33133
(786) 717-5315
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Although vegan and healthy are not always synonymous (see: Oreos), when it comes to ice cream you can be sure the lactose-free alternative is a healthier option. Bianco Gelato's array of handmade ice creams are all made using natural non-GMO ingredients. Vegan favorites include strawberry, pistachio and raspberry and pomegranate.

3. Gaucho Ranch

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7251 NE 2nd Ave Ste 113
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 751-0775
A meat shop on a healthy map seems counterintuitive, but not all carnivores will happily eat a beet salad. Conscious meat eaters can find 100% grass fed beef free of hormones and antibiotics at Gaucho, sourced from a century-old family owned farm in Uruguay where the cattle roams free. Some of the cuts include tenderloin, ribeye, brisket and tri-tip.

4. DIRT

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232 5th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 239-3000
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Dirt is one of the few eateries that break down the protein, fat and carb content of each dish, a calculation nearly impossible for the average eater. The lemongrass chicken wrap is one of the healthiest options with only 300 calories and 14g of carbs. Its free-range chicken thigh is paired with carrot kitchen slaw, avocado aioli and local greens. Pro tip: ask to have it wrapped in collard greens.

5. Blocks Pizza Deli

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1447 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 763-8788
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You must be eating pizza wrong if it makes you hate life. Or maybe you're eating the wrong pizza. At Blocks the pizza is baked to order, meaning the dough has been leavening for a couple of days before it's prepared, making the freshest pie possible. None of the ingredients, all of which are locally sourced, are ever frozen. Choose from five of the specialty pies or top your own.

6. Green Garden Organics

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When you wake up on a Sunday afternoon and realize you can't undo the damage you've caused, you may resort to a shot... of wheatgrass. Green Garden Organics is South Florida's oldest wheatgrass grower, providing certified wheatgrass to all Whole Foods in the state. It is known that a single ounce of wheatgrass is equivalent to 2 1/2 pounds of veggies. Choose efficiency.

7. LatinLite

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12234 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33184
305 225 2999
It's hard to finish an entire Cuban meal (yes all of it, it's rude if you don't) without hating your life a little bit afterwards. LatinLite is there for when you're craving vaca frita without the meat sweats. In fact, the vaca frita is actually grilled shredded chicken breast served with brown rice, beans and veggies, totaling just 200 calories.

8. Smart Bites to Go

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791 NW 20th St
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 894-6325
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Smart Bites to Go is part food delivery service, part restaurant. Its custom meal programs have long proved effective for both athletes and people with extreme weight loss goals. If the meal plan life isn't for you but you still want to feel like you tried, order the signature black bean veggie burger served with a homemade chipotle mayo.

1. Diced Food

10840 SW 104th St, Miami, FL 33176
At Diced you begin with a choice between a wrap, a rice-based bowl or salad, seem familiar? Protein options include hormone-free chicken, grass fed beef and tuna. There's white rice, brown rice and quinoa, all sodium and gluten-free, vegan black and pinto beans, ten different veggies, and mozzarella and cheddar cheese. And good luck choosing between the house made sauces: tomato basil, spicy guava, garlic pesto cilantro and vegan sauce (get all of them).
10840 SW 104th St
Miami, FL 33176

2. Bianco Gelato

3137 Commodore Plz, Miami, FL 33133
Although vegan and healthy are not always synonymous (see: Oreos), when it comes to ice cream you can be sure the lactose-free alternative is a healthier option. Bianco Gelato's array of handmade ice creams are all made using natural non-GMO ingredients. Vegan favorites include strawberry, pistachio and raspberry and pomegranate.
3137 Commodore Plz
Miami, FL 33133

3. Gaucho Ranch

7251 NE 2nd Ave Ste 113, Miami, FL 33138
A meat shop on a healthy map seems counterintuitive, but not all carnivores will happily eat a beet salad. Conscious meat eaters can find 100% grass fed beef free of hormones and antibiotics at Gaucho, sourced from a century-old family owned farm in Uruguay where the cattle roams free. Some of the cuts include tenderloin, ribeye, brisket and tri-tip.
7251 NE 2nd Ave Ste 113
Miami, FL 33138

4. DIRT

232 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Dirt is one of the few eateries that break down the protein, fat and carb content of each dish, a calculation nearly impossible for the average eater. The lemongrass chicken wrap is one of the healthiest options with only 300 calories and 14g of carbs. Its free-range chicken thigh is paired with carrot kitchen slaw, avocado aioli and local greens. Pro tip: ask to have it wrapped in collard greens.
232 5th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

5. Blocks Pizza Deli

1447 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
You must be eating pizza wrong if it makes you hate life. Or maybe you're eating the wrong pizza. At Blocks the pizza is baked to order, meaning the dough has been leavening for a couple of days before it's prepared, making the freshest pie possible. None of the ingredients, all of which are locally sourced, are ever frozen. Choose from five of the specialty pies or top your own.
1447 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

6. Green Garden Organics

Coral Gables, FL
When you wake up on a Sunday afternoon and realize you can't undo the damage you've caused, you may resort to a shot... of wheatgrass. Green Garden Organics is South Florida's oldest wheatgrass grower, providing certified wheatgrass to all Whole Foods in the state. It is known that a single ounce of wheatgrass is equivalent to 2 1/2 pounds of veggies. Choose efficiency.

7. LatinLite

12234 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33184
It's hard to finish an entire Cuban meal (yes all of it, it's rude if you don't) without hating your life a little bit afterwards. LatinLite is there for when you're craving vaca frita without the meat sweats. In fact, the vaca frita is actually grilled shredded chicken breast served with brown rice, beans and veggies, totaling just 200 calories.
12234 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33184

8. Smart Bites to Go

791 NW 20th St, Miami, FL 33127
Smart Bites to Go is part food delivery service, part restaurant. Its custom meal programs have long proved effective for both athletes and people with extreme weight loss goals. If the meal plan life isn't for you but you still want to feel like you tried, order the signature black bean veggie burger served with a homemade chipotle mayo.
791 NW 20th St
Miami, FL 33127

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