Healthy Orlando Guide
Orlando, nicknamed “The City Beautiful,” is in fact, quite beautiful- with many wonderful things to see and to do. Whether you’ve just moved to the city or you’re simply looking for something new to do, this Healthy Orlando Guide will be continuously updated with our favorite healthy restaurants, activities, adventures, hidden gems, and so much more! Exploring new restaurants, parks, nature trails, sports events, and shopping local is a great way of discovering the real beauty and magic of Orlando- right in the heart of Florida.
Feel free to save this link to follow along with our continuous updates- and if you try out any of these places, we would love to know what your experience was like. If you have any spots you love in the beautiful city of Orlando, feel free to reach out at any time and we will be sure to update our guide to share with everyone to see. Let’s get started!
Healthy Eating Orlando
When it comes to food, it is important to note that every body is different and discovering what works for you can be fun- especially when you approach it through an exploratory lens and decide to create health. Within healthy eating, there are many categories but I have found that going gluten- and dairy-free seems to be a great way to still stay social while decreasing inflammation and shift your system into a healing mode naturally. Many restaurants now offer gluten-free and dairy-free menu options but if you are unsure, it is completely okay to let your server know ahead of time that you are eating gluten and dairy-free. If something that you want to order has these ingredients, they can let you know and make any adjustments necessary! For more on this topic and what to look out for when going gluten and dairy-free, check out our Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Diet article right here.
If you are interested in learning about meal prep services and how these could benefit your healthy everyday eating habits, please feel free to check out our Beginner’s Guide to Meal Prep Delivery Services right here. Some great options are Daily Harvest, Fresh n Lean and Paleo On The Go.
The key to healthy eating is to up the quality of how and what you eat so that you can provide your body with the key nutrients to help it function properly. Remember that food has the power to bring about vibrance and fuel your being- providing you a way to implement what you have learned, embracing the human experience and communicating with your body so that you can build a strong and intuitive relationship with it. Here are some options for healthy eating in the Orlando area.
Fast to Fancy Restaurants
Too Much Sauce. 100% Gluten-free cafe located in Orlando, Florida featuring signature & customized bowls with a variety of global sauces & desserts. They have a wide variety of bold flavors like chimichurri, Greek herbs, and sweet & spicy coconut ginger sauces. They also have a sauce bar with locally made hot sauces!
Chipotle Mexican Grill. If you are craving Mexican food, you can try these healthier orders from the popular Mexican Grill:
- A burrito bowl with protein (if you are looking for a way to cut down on calories, opt for the cauliflower rice or skip the rice altogether)
- Vegetarian bowl or salad with beans, fajita vegetables, fresh tomato salsa, roasted chili-corn salsa and guacamole
- A steak salad with beans, fresh tomato salsa, roasted chili-corn and guacamole
Whole Foods Hot Bar / Salad Bar. There is no menu at these food bars, so it is up to you to navigate and create your own meal that is both balanced and delicious. Although the Whole Foods bars vary by locations and days of the week, there are plenty of great foods such as simple roasted vegetables, tofu-based entrees, kale sautéed with raisins, etc. When building out your meal at the Whole Foods bar, try to have a plan in place by breaking down your container into categories such as: greens, vegetables, proteins, extras (nuts, seeds, croutons..) and dressing/sauces. By having these categories and a plan set in place, you can easily assemble a balanced meal.
Fresh Kitchen. This restaurant offers 100% gluten-free, dairy-free, anti-biotic free meats, and no processed sugar in their food choices. With locations in Westshore, South Tampa, St. Pete, Sarasota, Davie, Boca Raton and Orlando, their menu items are healthy, cheap and quick. Their mission is to create healthy meals from fresh, high quality ingredients that nourish and energize the body. In addition to their food, they offer pressed juices and teas that are prepared in-house daily.
Bolay. Bolay offers fresh and bold ingredients with 8 custom spice blends from chefs from all around the country. These globally inspired flavors bring nutritious to the fast and casual dining scene. The word Bolay combines the signature dish (the bol) with “olay” to bring forth excitement around the brand and good health!
Blaze Pizza. This custom make-your-own-pizza place offers 3 delicious gluten-free crust options- their original GF dough, Cauliflower dough, and the Keto dough. Workers are happy to change gloves and use separate pizza cutters to avoid cross contamination- just ask! They also offer spicy chorizo (vegan), vegan cheese (soy free) and a variety of fresh veggie options.
Chicken Guy. This restaurant, founded by Guy Fieri and renowned restaurateur, Robert Earl, features all natural fresh chicken tenders and many sauces to choose from. Menus vary by location so make sure to check out what they have beforehand to see their specials!
Sus Hi Eatstation. This fast-paced restaurant has customizable sushi rolls, bowls and burritos. They are the first restaurant I’ve seen in Orlando with gluten-free seaweed. Fast sushi with high quality ingredients and all about creativity and expressing yourself. Sus Hi is a must try!
Salata Salad Kitchen. This restaurant offers fully customizable, tossed-to-order salads, wraps and soups. All of their ingredients- fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, etc. are chopped daily in-house. They also offer organic teas and lemonade. With more than 5 salad bases, more than 50 toppings, and house made gluten-free dressings, you can create a wonderful meal.
HUMBL. Offering fast casual favorites such as pizza, burgers and salads- but 100% plant based! All food is prepared with fresh all natural ingredients and crafted by celebrity chef and founding partner, Matthew Kenney. If you are looking for a vegan twist to your favorite foods, this is a great place to try out.
Black Rooster Taqueria. Contemporary Mexican tacos, bowls & ceviches can be served with coffee and a variety of drinks amid colorful decor. Their mission is to create a place where delicious food is served and enjoyed by people with a passion for art, sustainability and real ingredients.
The Hangry Bison. Located in Winter Park, this restaurant has hand-built burgers with a create-your-own burger concept and is committed to sourcing the freshest ingredients within our community. They offer a gluten- and dairy-free burger options and have events throughout the week with different themes- from music events to small plate specials, The Hangry Bison is a great place to check out!
Kabooki Sushi. Where the food is almost too pretty to eat. Diligent detail is put into each dish, as well as creative freedom, showcasing the best from many parts of the world. Their menu features sushi, sashimi, sushi rolls, ramen and more. Consider having a memorable experience at this beautiful sushi restaurant, there are two locations in the Orlando area: one on East Colonial and one on Sand Lake.
Ta-Ke Sushi Bar & Grill. Ta-Ke Sushi has a cozy and comfortable atmosphere, offering sushi, a variety of appetizers, and hot entrees. I have ordered the “double trouble” roll here and it has been the best sushi roll I’ve ever had in my life. If you are in the downtown Orlando area and craving sushi, this is the place.
Roccos Italian Grille. This romantic Italian restaurant is located just a 10 minute drive from downtown Orlando, offering a warm wood-accented interior, bar and even a scenic garden. They offer authentic Italian cuisine prepared by experienced chefs and even have gluten-free pasta options.
Francesco’s Ristorante & Pizzeria. An excellent option for upscale/casual where service is engaged. This authentic Italian restaurant also offer gluten-free pasta options along with oven-fired comfort food in an antique-chic space with a bar. These flavorful Italian entrees are made using only the freshest local ingredients.
The Alfond Inn. This Winter Park boutique hotel offers traditional southern fare prepared with a modern twist and served in a warm setting. They fuse locally sourced ingredients with a rustic and open-table charm. This inviting space offers gluten-free avocado toast as well as many other delicious options.
Sixty Vines. A comfortable and sophisticated restaurant inspired by California wine country. This space features an open exhibition kitchen, several dining spaces to choose from, and even a greenhouse patio. All dishes are made with local, fresh ingredients.
Kres Chophouse. This steakhouse serves both steak and seafood with a Mediterranean twist. They have been rated the best Orlando steakhouse experience, located in the heart of downtown Orlando. They emphasis quality local ingredients, and they even offer a vegan menu– truly a unique experience.
Grocery Stores & Farmers Markets
Freshfields Farm. A cute barn house grocery store that provides local produce, meats and even an ice cream shop! A majority of the produce comes directly from farmers, growers and packing plants located in Florida- offering fresh farm foods for cheap because they buy straight from the source, eliminating distribution and warehouse costs. Keepin’ it simple!
Whole Foods Market. This multinational supermarket is known for its organic selections of foods, selling natural and organic foods and maintaining strict quality standards such as no hydrogenated fats, artificial flavors, artificial colors, and preservatives. This is a great place to explore new flavors and new ideas for cooking.
Trader Joe’s. Here you can find unconventional, delicious and interesting products that are high quality while keeping costs relatively low. They buy directly from suppliers whenever possible and bargain hard to get the best prices to pass the savings on. Trader Joe’s believes that every customer should have access to the best prices on quality products.
Sprouts Farmers Market. This specialty grocery chain now has 3 locations in central Florida, all offering natural and organic grocery items to purchase. You may explore fresh produce, meats, vitamins, supplements and more in the store. They also offer many gluten- and dairy-free foods.
Publix GreenWise Market. An organic grocery store that offers a natural way to shop with earth-friendly prepared foods and products. All GreenWise products meet strict requirements of being USDA Organic, made with at least 70% organic ingredients, and made without preservatives, artificial flavors, artificial colors, raised without antibiotics or added hormones, etc.
Fancy Fruit & Produce. Fresh fruit and produce every day, delivered directly from the producer to the store. Prices are great for high quality products! This is a family business that was started in 2006 in a small location in Longwood and now have expanded to 5 stores from Orlando all the way to Orange City.
Fresh Market. Offering easy meals and fresh foods, including meats and seafood, as well as premium fresh produce in a friendly environment. Fresh Market often offers many weekly features and weekend features, with great prices on quality products. They also have beautiful fresh-cut flowers!
Earth Fare. This supermarket has a unique food philosophy that pledges that their food is free of added hormones, antibiotics, artificial fats/trans-fats, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, artificial preservatives, bleached or bromated flour, and artificial colors or flavors. They guarantee high quality ingredients in every aisle.
Chamberlin’s Natural Foods Market. A store that has been recognized as one of the most innovative retailers of natural foods, providing not only fresh foods but also vitamins, supplements, and a diverse offering of homeopathic remedies such as herbs. They offer groceries as well as prepared foods and drinks.
Costco. There are many natural and organic finds that you can discover at Costco, both in their warehouses in person and also online. They have a variety of selection of organic meats, juices and other products to choose from, all while keeping costs low and being able to buy in bulk.
Frog Song Organics. This farm was founded on six acres 15 miles east of Gainesville in 2011. They practice organic, small-scale, sustainable growing practices and distribute directly to customers. Today, they grow over 80 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs on 60-plus acres and offer pasture raised port and eggs from free range chickens.
Southern Hills Farms. A family owned and operated u-pick and commercially harvested blueberry farm! This farm allows you to pick your own seasonal berries, flowers, and often have weekend events with food trucks and live music. They strive to provide people with the freshest, highest quality fruit available.
Coffee Shops & Teahouses
Lineage Craft Coffee Roasters. This coffee shop is a craft coffee roaster from the beautiful city of Orlando, Florida- set on sharing delicious coffee with the central Florida community. They have coffee brew guides on their website, and also ship hundreds of pounds of roasted gourmet coffee to offices and restaurants around the state. They have many gluten-free and dairy-free options.
New General. A cute little shop located in Winter Park, selling freshly prepared foods, coffees, apparel and even home decor. They offer many dairy alternatives such as oat milk- and they do not sweeten their milk with additional sugars. Unsweetened milk is actually unsweetened here!
Nourish Coffee Bar + Kitchen. Offering a made-from-scratch menu, renowned chef Collette Haw is the creator of the menu here- coming up with new items each season using the healthiest and best ingredients. This coffee bar and kitchen offers healthy dishes which taste like traditional comfort classics. Chef Collette also teaches regular cooking classes at the CHWB Nutrition Theatre!
Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar. A bohemian-themed cafe with house-roasted coffee, sandwiches and snacks. This low-key spot is vegan friendly and has lots of “homestyle” foods. Their wi-fi is always free if you want to stop by to sit for a while, or if you are just wanting something quick to go, they also have a drive-thru!
Craft & Common. This welcoming cafe serves specialty coffee, craft beer, wine, cocktails and food. They have vegan options as well as crafted toasts, gourmet sandwiches and fresh salads. They have sugar-free syrup options and dairy milk alternatives. Located on Robinson Street in Downtown Orlando!
The Robinson Cafe & Cocktail Lounge. Throw on some cocktail attire and head to this sophisticated spot located in a restored 19th-century building. This place is luxurious, trendy and historic all at the same time. They are focused on being a gathering spot for any time of the day or occasion and offer breakfast, lunch, and evening snack options.
Infusion Tea. This is a cute, bright teahouse offering light vegetarian options and a wide tea selection that highlights organic blends. The organic teahouse is both vegetarian and vegan friendly, offering lots of gluten and dairy-free options to choose from.
Royal Tea. A Chinese teahouse bringing authentic Asian style tea to the U.S. where each drink is made to order and every ingredient is made fresh daily. Their specialty is making freshly brewed tea with modern technology and drinks are infused with natural, healthy and nutritional ingredients. Freshness is the key here.
Organic Juice Bars & Acaį Bowls
Skyebird Juice Bar & Experimental Kitchen. This is a trendy place for organic juices and smoothies- they also offer a list of raw, vegan options to eat. The drinks here are unique and the food packed with flavor. They offer cold pressed juices, smoothies, all day breakfast, plant based meals, and some tasty extras such as kombucha! The “Thai Hot” drink is my favorite, with apple, celery, spinach, cilantro, orange, lime, jalapeño and lemongrass!
Purple Ocean Superfood Bar. A superfood bar that offers specialty Acai and Pitaya bowls that are sweet, raw and full of delicious flavors. Their sustainability efforts is a strong part of their business because their organic way of eating contributes to nourishing influences that also help protect our environment.
SOHO Juice Co. This is a vegan-friendly and allergen focused marketplace serving plant based products all made with wholesome ingredients. They offer a superfood bowl with options to mix and match bases, unlimited superfood toppings and homemade drizzles. They have cold pressed juices, smoothies, Acai bowls, and many grab-n-go snacks.
The Smoothie Room. This is a trendy cafe that also offers tea selections and wheatgrass/ginger shots. There are smoothies, acai bowls, and fruits + vegetable juices. Stop by this all natural smoothie bar today to try out their superfoods options in the SODO district.
New Moon Market. Serving fresh, eco-friendly juice to promote every day health and wellness in the Orlando area! All recipes are cold-pressed and packed with fresh, organic fruits and vegetables that are locally sourced whenever possible. A simple organic and locally-sourced juice bar. You may also order select products online!
Ice Cream Shops & Bakeries
The Greenery Creamery. A scratch made and small batch local ice cream shop in downtown Orlando offering vegan and dairy-free ice cream options in unusual, unique flavors. Plant-based ice creams are made from premium, organic, local and natural ingredients. Flavors often rotate, so be sure to visit for a curated experience.
BukuVegan. Jenny, her IG is @chef.chicoye, actually made my birthday cake which was a beautiful Mexican chocolate cake (there was cayenne pepper and cinnamon in it), and chocolate buttercream. Not only was it vegan, but it was keto-friendly! Jenny is a chef and baker, able to make special orders that are plant based.
Gideon’s Bakery. This is a sweets shop with a Victorian-feel, specializing in delicious cookies and rich cakes. Although they do not offer custom items, they sometimes have limited batches of gluten-free and dairy-free cookies. They also serve coffee with dairy milk alternatives and their coffee beans are locally roasted.
Valhalla Bakery. All items sold here are egg-free, dairy-free and completely vegan! They specialize in working with local suppliers to source the freshest and most authentic ingredients to make pastries. They also custom make gorgeous wedding cakes and hold cake samplings based on availability of appointments.
Sweet By Holly. This bakery offers a variety of customizable dairy-free cupcakes and self-serve yogurt with many fresh toppings. Holly’s mini cupcakes are offered daily and now exceed 30 flavors, including the classic sized gluten-free and vegan options, which are all baked from scratch daily.
Erin McKenna’s Bakery. A vegan & gluten-free bakery located in Disney Springs near the Walt Disney Resort. They focus on people with gluten, dairy, egg and soy sensitivities as well as the health-minded, allowing everyone to indulge in delicious pastries! Ingredients are selected responsibly and natural sweeteners are used sparingly.
Healthy Activities Orlando
There are many exciting activities to do in Orlando- including walking on nature trails, parks, bougie adventures, wellness centers, live events, and so much more. If you have any favorite places that you love to go or activity that you do in the Orlando area, please be sure to reach out and let us know what it is and we will be sure to update our list and feature you and your idea. Let’s work on this together!
Nature Trails & Parks
There is a great app that you can download to look for nature trails near you. Download AllTrails today or use their online search to see great trails for running, walking and more with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions + detailed reviews and pictures from other hikers.
Three Lakes Loop. This 5.3 mile loop trail takes you to 3 pretty lakes in Split Oak Forest, is accessible all year round, and is great for all skill levels. The trail is used for hiking, walking, and bird watching. No dogs are allowed on this trail.
Orlando Urban Trail. A 4.7 mile back trail located near Orlando that features a beautiful lake and is great for all skill levels. This trail is primarily used for walking, running and bike riding and is accessible all year round. Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be kept on a leash at all times.
Lake Baldwin Loop. This is a 2.5 mile loop trail located near Winter Park that features beautiful flowers and is great for all skill levels. There are a few activity options here and it is accessible all year round. Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be kept on a leash at all times.
The Disney Wilderness Preserve. The Nature Conservancy’s 11,500-acre Disney Wilderness Preserve is near Kissimmee and has become a national model of sustainable development and state-of-the-art conservation management. This is home to more than 1,000 species of plants and animals! This preserve is not affiliated with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
Bear Creek Nature Trail. Less than a mile in length located near Winter Springs, this is a pleasant trail with two small bridges and a few picnic tables. It is a hidden oasis tucked away in the busy suburbia. An easy hike that is perfect for all ages and skill levels.
Little Econ Greenway. This is a 7.4 mile trail that offers riverside recreation, picnic spots, wildlife watching, and even canoe trails with a canal system where you can paddle along. There is a butterfly garden along the trail and everything is very well maintained.
Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake. This is one of the top 5 rated fishing lakes in the state of Florida, with many amenities such as fitness stations, grills, gazebos, canoe/kayak rentals, and much more. They also host many events such as nature workshops for kids, and guided tours around the park. View park admission fees on the orlando.gov website here.
Lake Eola Park. Walk a sidewalk that circles the beautiful Lake Eola, 0.9 miles in length, located right in the heart of downtown Orlando. There are many local restaurants, farmers markets, live events and beautiful art/wildlife to see at the park.
Lake Davis Park. Only a mile away from Lake Eola, but tucked away, featuring beautiful paved walking trails that takes you around the lake in only a few minutes. Across the street from this park you can find the 903 Mills Market, filled with local restaurants!
Pine Island East Loop Trail. This loop trail extends 3.4 miles away from Hunters Creek and features a river- great for all skill levels. There are a number of activities available and it is accessible all year round. Dogs are allowed at this trail but must be kept on a leash at all times.
Lake Druid Park. A beautiful lakeside park with mountain biking facilities, hiking trails, a sand volleyball court, and a fenced dog run. Everything has its own space with a lot of parking spaces and water fountains.
Blue Spring State Park. Available activities here include swimming, kayaking, fishing, camping, hiking, wildlife watching (manatees!), scuba diving, and canoeing. This is a designated manatee refuge featuring crystal clear water that stays 73 degrees in the spring.
Wekiwa Springs State Park. Emerald springs that feed the Wekiwa River- this park is minutes from downtown Orlando and perfect for a nature trail walk or quick swim. There are grills available and spots to lay down picnic blankets. There are many amenities such as kayak/canoe rentals, and food services are available.
Kelly Park/Rock Springs. A free flowing natural spring + natural “lazy river.” There are campgrounds, full-service concession, picnic pavilions, and playgrounds available. Tube rentals are available to float down the spring- or you can bring your own!
Silver Springs State Park. This park is famous for their glass bottom boats and crystal clear waters. As of now, swimming is not permitted here but guests can enjoy the waters first hand by boating, kayaking or canoeing. The main spring is surrounded by beautiful gardens and historical structures.
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. An enchanted spring where you can see… live mermaids!! Besides the classic mermaid show, this site is home to the deepest freshwater cave system in the country and has an abundant amount of protected wildlife.
Mead Botanical Garden. One of the first community gardens located in Winter Park- this garden provides organic vegetables and fruit for members to take home and share. Gardeners have also set aside a couple of beds to grow fresh produce for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orlando!
Lake Eola Heights Garden. This community garden has 36 plots and is located in one of downtown Orlando’s oldest and more architecturally diverse residential neighborhoods. They provide local garden access and gardening education to community members of all ages.
Festival Park Garden. A peaceful, urban green space that started in the Spring of 2010 and now provides over 30 plots in the downtown Orlando area. This urban oasis offers city residents space to plant, nourish and grow fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit.
Engelwood Neighborhood Center Garden. This neighborhood center has many amenities including computer labs, multi-purpose rooms, gymnasium, swimming pool, playgrounds, and much more. The community garden here harvests different fruits and vegetables.
Lake Druid Park Garden. A community garden that is located in Lake Druid Park, offering 50 plots to grow various fruits and vegetables. Located in a park with lots of open space and trails for biking or walking.
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