MIAMI BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With 52 weeks full of sunny days, miles of coastline and residents who show off their fit physiques in swimsuits, shorts and tanks on bicycles, skateboards, and scooters, Miami Beach is a health-conscious urban center and residents take their exercise and food very seriously. It’s no wonder there are so many healthy, organic, vegan and natural food restaurant options throughout the city. From whole foods to sustainable fare, from meat lovers to vegans, there are an abundance of eateries to choose from whether you’re a health food devotee or just want to sample delicious meals in the land of beautiful people.
“Miami Beach not only has an active outdoor culture, our residents and visitors strive to be healthy in this fresh, clean, exceptionally attractive city,” notes Peggy Benua, Chair, the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA). “The range of chefs and restaurant choices here have become increasingly sophisticated. Organic, natural ingredients infused in farm-to-table and ocean-to-table programs are making healthy food a priority for our local chefs and easy to access for diners.”
“Miami Beach has it all and there’s no better city for the healthy food lover,” adds Grisette Roque Marcos, Executive Director, MBVCA. “As more consumers become savvy about educated eating, they’ll discover many Miami Beach restaurants are at the forefront of cutting-edge health trends and that this city is a playground of wellness – in and out of our local eateries.”
A recent J. Walter Thompson roundup of 2015 food trends found that more consumers are conscious not only of their food’s nutritional value but also its carbon footprint. In addition, health and health foods are being reimagined by creative brands for a savvy Millennial audience leading to future movements like healthy, ethical fast food which will gain momentum in 2015 as a range of virtuous brands appropriates junk style for the Millennial generation and terms like “haute vegan,” will begin to infiltrate our collective terminology.
Already, from budget conscious to high-end, several Miami Beach restaurants are offering delicious, locally sourced foods that incorporate fresh, organic everything for the vegan to the carnivore. They include places like GO-GO Fresh Food, a hidden gem on Alton Road that has a cult following among locals. With a menu of big and mini salads, as well as an extensive selection of homemade empanadas ranging from traditional steak chimichurri to a more original spicy Thai chicken, Go-Go is the go-to choice for picky eaters. Juice and Java, a mainstay since 2002, has a menu which unfolds to a 24-inch bible of healthy offerings including crepes, soups, appetizers, wraps, quesadillas, salads and over 25 fresh specialty juices.
For the serious, gourmet-loving foodie, places like Semilla, a modern Gastro-Pub, is the perfect choice. Featuring tapas and small plates, Semilla says their main focus is to provide the best food prepared with organic farm products while offering friendly service in a cozy atmosphere. The restaurant also recently started Farm-to-Table service. Also, mid-priced, 27 restaurant at the Freehand hotel has a communal atmosphere, and utilizes the freshest local ingredients and highest-quality produce available, grown on the property’s on-site garden. The menu also includes fresh fish and choice meats.
Well known, high-end properties like the Fontainebleau Miami Beach have also invested in the organic health trend launching their BleauFish Ocean-to-Table program. The Fontainebleau recently poured $100,000 into its “Water World;” an underground stack of pristine aquariums that holds live fish and seafood for the hotel’s nine on-site restaurants. It also spent six figures on a 43-foot boat docked at Dinner Key Marina that delivers hundreds of pounds of fish daily.
Add restaurants like Oolite and Essensia to the list of high-end healthy food concepts. At Oolite, chef and partner Kris Wessel's Healthy Regional Cuisine is inspired by the bounty of product in Florida, the American South, the Caribbean and South America. The entire menu is gluten-free and protein-specific. At Essensia, they embrace a farm-to-table philosophy and offer a seasonal selection of global, wholesome cuisine made primarily from the on-property organic garden. Essensia calls itself a “conscious” restaurant, placing a genuine focus on purity and taste.
In a city that encourages residents and visitors to swim, kayak, bike, hike, walk, run and skateboard among many other activities and where the weather is perfect for outdoor living all-year round, it’s only natural that its restaurants are leading the way in delivering “conscious” cuisines that not only please the palate but are exceptional bastions of healthy food.
About Miami Beach
A favorite destination among travelers worldwide, Miami Beach is renowned for its unparalleled culinary offerings, extravagant nightlife, rich culture, luxe shopping and plush hotels. Home to unique museums, New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Miami Beach Convention Center, international festivals and art exhibitions, boat and auto shows, over 187 boutique and resort hotels and 12 public parks; it is no wonder the beautifully diverse city is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. Boasting seven miles of breathtaking beaches, Miami Beach is easily accessible from the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport. The City of Miami Beach has been named one of the top cities worldwide for 'walkability' and is equally easy to navigate by bike or boat. Known for its year-round sunny skies, the vibrant destination not only produces its own branded sun care line, MB Miami Beach Suncare, but has been ranked by TripAdvisor as number one in 2011’s Top Winter Sun Vacation Rental Getaway Destinations and was also part of Top 25 Beaches in the World and Top 25 Destinations in the U.S. Additionally, Miami Beach was recently awarded a 2014 Magellan Award by Travel Weekly under the “Destinations | Mobile App” category. Miami Beach is like no other place in the world!