Healthy dining options in Miami

Whether it’s the frito misto appetizer or the house-made mushroom ravioli, Sublime Restaurant and Bar (1431 N. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale) delivers an authentic twist from the norm to satisfy vegan taste buds. Some popular dishes include the frito misto, fried crispy cauliflower stacked high and dipped in a sweet and savory chili sauce and the mushroom ravioli, daily home-made pasta served with a cashew cream and slow roasted tomato cream butter sauce. Specializing in gourmet cuisine, Sublimes’ award-winning vegetarian menu is completely cholesterol free and made with all natural ingredients.

Cathy Wood, 58, of Miami, was in the mood for something different and decided to give Sublime a try for the first time, she said she was impressed at how well the food was cooked and fulfilling despite it being animal-and-cholesterol free.

“After indulging in the fristo misto and veggie platter, I noticed that I wasn’t overly stuffed like I am when I eat out at other restaurants," Wood says. "I was still able to function aferwards without feeling sluggish.". Wood was even surprised by the fried cauliflower dish, which won her over. She says that she will be coming back for more. Increasingly, more Florida resident will need to seek out healthier alternatives that provide fried veggies instead of fried chicken or places that cut out the fried, oil-saturated and salt-injected dishes all together.. In 2010, The Trust for America’s Health reported Florida’s adult obesity rate was more than 35 percent within the African American community and within their white counterparts it was less than 25 percent. Despite the growing population of obese African Americans in South Florida, a market exists for people who desire to live a healthy lifestyle.

Here are four must-have dishes from residents who love to eat healthy and local in South Florida.

Sean Sadler

Age: 45
Ethnicity: Jamaican
Job: Purchasing University of Miami
Restaurant: Jamaican Kitchen
Dish: Chicken Chop Suey
Address: 8736 SW 72nd St, Miami, FL 33173
Phone:(305) 596-2585

Sarah Thompson

Age: 28
Ethnicity: Jamaican
Job: Data processor at University of Miami
Sango Restaurant
Dish: Jamaican & Chinese- Red Pea or Gungo pea Soup
Address: 9485 SW 160th St, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
Phone:(305) 252-0279

Ashley Canady

Age: 18
Ethnicity: Guyanese and Bahamian
Job: Student FIU
Restaurant: Sea Siam
Dish: Honey Glazed Salmon with steamed veggies
12735 S Dixie Hwy Miami, FL 33156
(305) 233-5599

Mustafaa El-Attiq Ali

Age: 41
Ethnicity: Africanist
Job: Personal Trainer at Shaq 24 Hour Fitness
Restaurant: Bombay Darbar
Dish: Aloo Ghobi
Address: 3195 Commodore Plaza, Miami, FL 33133
Phone:(305) 444-7272

Additional South Florida healthy eateries:

Choices Café (Brickell)
Address: 377-379 SW 15th Rd, Miami, FL 33129
Phone: (305) 400-8895

La vie en Raw Café
Address: 3808 SW 8th St, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Phone: (305) 444-3826

Mi Vida Café
Address: 7244 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Phone: (305) 759-6020