With January resolutions long forgotten, it’s easy to slip back into unhealthy eating habits when dining out. But fear not, Miami’s healthy food scene is bursting with flavorful options to keep you on track year-round. So go ahead, indulge guilt-free, and make that resolution stick like peanut butter to celery.Read More
14 Miami Restaurants Offering Healthy Foods With Plenty of Flavor
These restaurants prove eating healthy can still mean big flavor
Flyfuel Food Co.
With locations in both Aventura and Midtown (and another soon-to-be-open Downtown Miami location), the expansive menu features a variety of nutritious options, including salads, acai bowls, smoothies, and protein-packed dishes such as the Autumn Bowl, made with roasted chicken, black lentils, kale, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, mozzarella, toasted almonds, and honey balsamic vinaigrette. The cauliflower crust pizza is also a fan favorite.
Juice & Java
Juice & Java offers a diverse menu beyond just coffee and juice. The all-day breakfast menu includes Alex’s Breakfast, featuring a combination of sautéed vegetables, quinoa, sweet potatoes, eggs, and microgreens. Those looking for something with a tropical twist can opt for the Hawaiian wrap, packed with grilled shrimp, brown rice, red cabbage, pineapple, and sprouts. Alongside wraps and bowls, Juice & Java offers pita melts, fresh juices, and wellness shots that are perfect for those on the go.
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In the heart of the Miami Design District, this vegetable-centric restaurant offers dishes that are almost too pretty to eat in a playful modern setting. Chef Alain Verzeroli is behind the Michelin-starred creations such as sunchoke veloute with glazed salsify and ora king salmon with vermouth emulsion, glazed cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. In addition to the à la carte menu, a tasting menu and desserts will satisfy any sweet tooth.
Love Life Cafe
Love Life Cafe’s thorough and well-priced menu, which features vegan and gluten-free options, has made it a popular choice for health-conscious diners. Customers can choose from various empanadas, including eggplant and jackfruit, or try the breakfast arepa, made with chlorophyll, Just egg, and cilantro aioli. The smoothie menu is equally impressive, with options like the Tropical Flow and Purple Dream.
The Rogue Panda
Featuring vegan dishes with a Chinese twist, this Time Out Market stall offers a variety of flavorful options. Guests can savor favorites like egg rolls made with shiitake mushrooms, pickled vegetables, and served with sweet chili sauce. Another must-try is the Dan Dan noodles with Impossible Pork ragu, bok choy, and onion crisps. Additionally, the sesame cucumbers dressed in black vinegar and sesame seeds are a refreshing side to balance out the bold flavors of the other dishes.
Plants & Bowls
During the pandemic lockdown, siblings Miguel and Eliana Ditrolio found solace in self-care and were motivated to open a nutrition-focused outpost inside Time Out Market. At Plants & Bowls, customers can indulge in various healthy smoothies, including acai, pitaya, and mango, topped with delicious granola, coconut flakes, and fresh fruits such as berries and bananas. The menu also features salads, cold-pressed juices, and sweet treats to complete the meal.
Pura Vida (Multiple locations)
Omer and Jennifer Horev’s side passion project has become one of South Florida’s most successful local restaurant chains with locations from Miami to West Palm Beach (including the newest one in Downtown Doral). The extensive all-day breakfast menu offers cold-pressed juices, superfood smoothies, kombucha, and coffee. For lunch, diners can enjoy salads topped with ahi tuna, chicken, salmon, or lentil-based adashah, and a wide variety of gluten-free and vegan desserts.
Carrot Express (Multiple locations)
A South Florida counter-service chain that began as a gas station has now grown to 20 locations across the region, including a new outpost in New York City. Carrot Express prides itself on offering healthy, flavorful dishes, including salads, bowls, wraps, fresh-pressed juices, and smoothies. Recently added breakfast items include the quinoa breakfast bowl and almond butter toast, while the chain’s 20th anniversary was celebrated with power smoothies made in collaboration with Vital Proteins.
Manna Life Food
In the heart of Downtown, this spot lives and breathes the “eat mas plantas” philosophy, reflected in the extensive menu of bowls, smoothies, and “superfood” arepas. In addition to daily ceviches and cold-pressed juices, customers can explore daily specials that expand their options and choices.
Planta South Beach
Planta, helmed by chef David Lee, has gained a dedicated following with its innovative vegan dishes. The restaurant serves completely plant-based sushi and nigiri options, including the popular dragon roll made with tempura broccoli, spinach, and spicy unagi sauce. Guests can also enjoy the California roll with hearts of palm, avocado, cucumber, and macadamia nuts, or the ahi watermelon nigiri with ginger and citrus soy. Larger dishes include the Planta burger, which is widely regarded as one of the best meat-free burgers in the city, and lettuce wraps with crispy Korean cauliflower, tofu, kimchi, pickled cucumber, nori, and sesame.
Abbale Telavivian Kitchen
In South of the Fifth neighborhood, this Israeli restaurant brings the vibrant Tel Aviv cafe culture to Miami with its charming ambiance, cozy seating, and Mediterranean-influenced dishes. The menu features “Salatim” small plates such as roasted beets, smashed avocado, and hummus with tahini and Aleppo peppers. The whole grilled branzino fish and charred baby cauliflower are crowd-pleasers.
Vale Food Co
This mini-chain offers build-your-own bowls, including acai, poke, and protein options, with various toppings such as braised beef, Impossible brand chorizo, and feta-infused turkey balls. Vale Food Co also offers meal plans and a full selection of beverages and baked goods. Vale, an old English word that means “to live an earthly life,” rings true to the loyal regulars who walk through its doors.
Venezuelan restaurateur Alvaro Perez Miranda brings his latest concept of fast-casual Japanese cuisine to this clean and minimalist restaurant in Coconut Grove. The menu is centered around donburi (Japanese bowls), omakase platters, and sushi. This quiet, hidden space carries Miranda’s signature commitment to an authentic Japanese culinary experience, featuring high-quality ingredients in an aesthetically pleasing space.
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Founded by Shannon Allen and her husband, former two-time NBA champion Ray Allen, the restaurant offers healthier versions of beloved comfort food classics. Start the day with breakfast items such as the breakfast salad or acai bowl, or opt for salads, sandwiches, or wraps for lunch.