Did you know November is Good Nutrition Month? Good nutrition should be practiced all year long, but with the holidays quickly approaching, November is the perfect time to focus on eating healthily. Of course, good nutrition means something different to everyone but experts generally agree that loading up on fruits and veggies, and eating fresh, unprocessed foods are great ways to improve your health. If you are looking for ways to eat healthy in Orlando, check out these tips.
Drink your vitamins
One of the tastiest ways to get your daily recommended servings of fruits and veggies, as well as the vitamins and minerals your body needs, is by enjoying fresh juices. Featuring superfood ingredients like kale and açaí, fresh juices pack a powerful nutritional punch.
If you want to try a juice bar in Orlando, Clean Juice is a few minutes away from International Drive. Located on Dr. Phillips Blvd., Clean Juice serves 100% organic juices, bowls, and smoothies in a variety of flavors. Instead of a sugar-laden coffee concoction, try Clean Juice’s coffee smoothie made with cold-brewed coffee, almond milk, almond butter, bananas, and dates.
It can be hard to find healthy options while on vacation but fortunately, Orlando has healthy restaurants near the attractions where you can load up on your greens. Low in calories, but high in fiber and essential minerals like iron and magnesium, greens are essential to good health.
If you are shopping at the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, we recommend stopping at Greatbeat. Located in the food court, Greenbeat offers make your own salads and grain bowls with ingredients like fresh kale, wild rice, shrimp ceviche, and sriracha dressing.
Not far from the International Drive attractions you’ll find Green Kitchen Orlando. This Brazilian-inspired restaurant on 7055 Kirkman Road serves fresh salads, sandwiches, and wraps. The Brazilian churrasco sandwich, served with mozzarella cheese, organic greens, and tomato parsley vinaigrette, is a great way to sneak some extra greens into your diet.
Farm-to-fork restaurants offer another way to eat healthy while on vacation. Not only is local food better for the environment, the food also retains more of its flavor and nutrients since it doesn’t have to be harvested early. You can also enjoy a more diverse produce selection.
While you’re in Orlando, why not enjoy some local produce? The Sanctum, located at 715 N. Fern Creek Ave., serves farm-fresh foods that are sure to impress. Their menu is 100% vegetarian and includes dishes such as curry fried rice, lemon pesto, and even freshly-baked brownies for dessert.
The Rusty Spoon is another beloved farm-to-fork restaurant in downtown Orlando. Started by Chef Kathleen Blake, The Rusty Spoon focuses on preparing simple yet delicious meals made with locally sourced ingredients. The menu, which features meat and vegetable dishes, changes seasonally so there is always something new to try.
Bring your own snacks
In addition to choosing nutritious options at restaurants, it’s also smart to choose healthy snacks. A day at the theme parks requires lots of energy, so staying properly nourished is key. Since theme parks allow you to bring certain foods, stop at these Orlando health food stores near the theme parks and pick up healthier versions of your favorite snacks to take with you.
You’ll find the ever-popular Whole Foods at 8003 Turkey Lake Road, just a few minutes away from Universal Orlando Resort™. Whole Foods has one of the largest selections of natural and organic foods in the area, so you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.
Located at 8323 Sand Lake Road, Trader Joes offers healthy gourmet food at competitive prices. This grocery chain has a cult-like following and offers a great selection of individually packaged snacks like kale chips, fruit leathers, and roasted almonds.
Just down the street from Walt Disney World, Lucky’s Market sells affordable organic food. Their bulk section is perfect for stocking up on healthy snacks and you can choose as much or as little as you want. Visit them at 11601 Regency Village Dr.
Rosen Inn International is a short drive from all of the healthy restaurants and grocery stores mentioned in this blog. We also have our own healthy buffet restaurant in the lobby, as well as a mini market that sells fresh fruit and other snacks. Good nutrition is important to Rosen Hotels & Resorts, so much so that our founder, Mr. Rosen, even created his own healthy version of pizza which is available at our hotel. To book your Orlando vacation with us, give us a call at 407-996-1600 or simply click the orange button at the top of the page.