If you truly want to control your diet, then the only way to accomplish this is to prepare all of your own meals and snacks everyday. However, this is nearly impossible for the average American. Life is just too busy. So, for convenience we often eat out, grabbing a quick breakfast or lunch at a fast food (McDonalds, Subway) or chain (Fire House Subs, Chili’s) restaurant. While these places are convenient and relatively inexpensive, their food quality is poor and often packed full of fillers, fat, sodium and too much meat protein.
So, below are my favorite restaurants that offer REAL healthy choices:
Delicomb Delicatessen & Espresso Bar
Location: Jacksonville Beach
Delicomb is one of my favorite restaurants in Jacksonville for breakfast, lunch & coffees. Very fresh food made with only the best natural and organic ingredients. Best of all, Delicomb does not serve sodas or french fries…only fresh, whole food entrees, sides and drinks. Try their homemade Kimchi…it’s a super healthy, great tasting addition to any salad or sandwich.
Native Sun Natural Foods Market
Locations: Mandarin & Baymeadows/9A
Awesome deli with great wraps and seasonal salads, hot bar features cooked meals, side dishes and soups AND their fresh juice bar is the best in town. Everything they prepare is made using organic produce and natural ingredients.
Soup’s On Jacksonville
Locations: Atlantic Beach & Riverside
This is one of my favorite lunch spots. Soup’s On offers a great variety of soup and sandwichs, ranging from vegan and vegetarian to seafood and meat recipes. The soup menu changes weekly and the primarily use only local produce…so, it’s always fresh and they’re always offer something new and unique.
Location: San Marco
Green Erth Bistro is an awesome Middle Eastern restaurant offering a wide variety of dishes, such as: Marinated kabobs plates, various Middle Eastern salads, wraps, flatbread pizzas, along with a great mix of vegetarian and vegan dishes and soups. Also, their hot black tea is very tasty & a much healthier choice than soda.
Location: 5 Points/Riverside
Great deli offering sandwiches, salads, soups, as well as a juice and smoothie bar. All ingredients are fresh and either organic, all natural or local.