Staying Healthy on a Trip to Miami Beach

In Miami Beach, there are a bevy of nutritious eateries, luxurious spas, state-of-the-art fitness centers and skin specialists that can make for a totally different vacation.

For many people, vacationing at luxury rentals means relaxing, indulging and as a result - packing on a few pounds. In Miami Beach, though, there are a bevy of nutritious eateries, luxurious spas, state-of-the-art fitness centers and skin specialists that can make for a totally different vacation. If you're looking to detox, kickstart a new diet or just work on overall improved well-being, these places are a must.

If you like Mediterranean food, Pasha's on Lincoln Road is the best place to start your day. Satisfying meals like an omelette with grilled fresh Atlantic salmon, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and cheese are bound to keep you full until lunchtime. Rest assured that everything on the menu is additive, trans-fat and MSG-free. You might even find yourself back here at lunch for a falafel wrap or an eggplant ratatouille rice bowl. The peanut butter cup smoothie with soy milk, bananas and chocolate protein powder is so decadent you'll forget it's good for you.

Jugofresh is one of the most popular smoothie joints for both bottled and made-to-order blends. Don't be fooled by the tiny Carrot Express - though it's a hole in the wall inside a gas station, the smoothies here are top notch. Add a shot of protein powder, bee pollen or spirulina to the piña colada blend for a perfect liquid breakfast on the beach.

While in Miami Beach, you'll want to try some of the Cuban-inspired cuisine. Sample a healthier take on traditional dishes at Bernie's L.A. Café, like chicken churrasco on a whole grain baguette. There are also plenty of vegetarian choices, including tofu tacos and spinach empanadas. Wash it all down with a tropical juice of the day.

Vegans and raw food dieters will rejoice at Thrive, which offers a multitude of unusual organic entrees like squash pasta in a basil pesto sauce, cabbage tacos and portobello mushroom pizzas. You can even opt for one of their four detox programs, which range from one to seven days and include all the juices, blended elixirs and raw meals you'll need to rid your body of impurities.

The dishes at SUSHISAMBA are a unique fusion of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine. Sample the extensive raw bar, opt for a Rainbow Dragon Roll or try the tropical Lobster Salad with coconut, cilantro, roasted poblano peppers, grapefruit and sweet potatoes.

For fancier fare, head to Essencia, where chef Julie Frans prepares wholesome meals made mainly from an on-property organic garden and other local sources. Start with the local squash blossoms with ricotta, goat cheese, roasted red peppers and kale-pine nut pistou. Fresh seafood dishes have an innovative flair, such as the local snapper with toasted quinoa, grilled corn and pumpkin seeds, or the gulf-caught corvina with fennel-apple-celery root slaw, citrus, Marcona almonds and caramelized sunchokes. Even the wines here are organic, sustainable and biodynamic. 

Stick to spots like these when you rent luxury villas, and you might even come back from trip with a fresh outlook, more wholesome habits and higher energy than ever before.

Are you interested in luxury vacation rentals? Contact Villas of Distinction today at 800.289.0900 where a qualified villa expert will help you explore which luxury villa best suits your lifestyle.