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Healthy Drinks Galore

Nutrition is the wellspring of our lives and comes in many shapes and sizes – all things we consume in one form or another.  We consume food and beverages, we consume the very air around us, we consume knowledge and stuff, plenty of stuff.  So why not make smart choices that nourish your body, excite your palate, and make you feel good all over?  It’s easy in Coral Gables with healthy choices aplenty.

“Making food choices that promote a better life,” is one of the delicious mottos of Carrot Express. Juices and juice blends – enough choices to satisfy the craving for sweet or tart – all completely refreshing.  Put down the iced coffee and grab a juice after exercise or during your stroll along the Miracle Mile.  Carrot Express serves up delicious power bowls, healthy hamburgers, a 6, yes six, varieties of avocado toast, and even dessert, all going to show us that healthy food can taste great.

Dr. Smood on Giralda Avenue offers “smart food for a good mood.”  Their goal is to proffer unprocessed, organic food and beverages and their menu is “carefully crafted,” with delicious “performance foods and juice programs backed by science for optimal performance, body, and mind.”  Check out their artisanal pasta made from grains including farro, corn, and Kamut.  The sauces are constructed by nutrition experts and award-winning chefs in Italy.  Lip-smacking good.

GreenLife Organic Bistro also on the very beautiful Giralda Avenue boasts the best Acai bowls in town, cold-pressed juices, and healthy options for every meal of the day.  Their Instagram photos are stunningly yummy and IRL the food is truly delish.  Need a pick-me-up from the heat and your active day, try a Vida Verde Shot of ginger root, cayenne, and lemon.  Wow in a tiny bottle if you ask me.

Giralda Avenue is clearly the place for healthy options.  Sweetgreen, founded in 2007, cooks up straightforward, seasonal, healthy food. They believe that “the choices we make about what we eat, where it comes from, and how it’s prepared have a direct and powerful impact on the health of individuals, communities and the environment.”  Hurry in before summer is over for the Elote Bowl of sweet corn, heirloom tomatoes, shredded cabbage, cilantro, goat cheese, and more.  The spicy sunflower seeds are truly miraculous.

To quench your thirst – plain or with every healthy ingredient known to (hu)man, there’s Smoothie King on Ponce de Leon.  To beat the heat, check out the “Hydration” offerings including the Watermelon Extreme and Tart Cherry Lemonade.  You will never be thirsty again if you keep Smoothie King on your weekly rotation.

What more could you ask for than a product that has anti-aging and colon cleansing properties, immune system support, hydration and so much more?  It’s all present in alkaline water and bringing this to your home and office is easy with Miami Alkaline Water.  Refreshing, hydrating, and delivered right to your doorstep – all you have to do is pour and drink!

WellFed just opened on Miracle Mile and offers the most sensational organic smoothies, with super fresh ingredients and flavors that beg for more. Hydrate while you experience the Little Red Corvette or the Blue Suede Shoes.

The staff at the world-famous Mayo Clinic say that studies vary and the amount of water you need daily is based on many factors including your level of activity, your health, and where you live.  The high heat and humidity of South Florida make water an absolute necessity for all.  “Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 50 to 70% of your body weight.  Your body depends on water to survive,” says Mayo Clinic Staff.

The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that women should have 11.5 cups of fluids per day and 15.5 cups for men.  These recommendations include fluids from water, other beverages, and food.  So go out there, eat, drink and be merry in Downtown Coral Gables, and get your nutrition on!