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Doral Yard Finally Opens The Backyard for Live Music, Events, and More

After months of anticipation, The Backyard at The Doral Yard in Downtown Doral is now open to guests.

The community gathering concept created by Della Heiman Goldkind of Yard Hospitality and Joseph Furst, founder of Place Projects, is an outdoor addition to The Doral Yard’s existing indoor food hall and events space, which opened in October 2020.

The Backyard features a large live outdoor music stage with covered turf, bar and self-serve seating, as it looks to recreate some of the magic guests grew accustomed to at The Wynwood Yard. Catch live performances by local talent playing everything from Cuban son montuno and bolero son to jazz, soul and R&B, every weekend from Thursday through Saturday evenings and DJs on Sundays.

The Backyard also offers semi-private event spaces, a garden by Little River Cooperative and is also home to existing The Doral Yard sweets culinary vendor, Santo Dulce! Churros. A large screen for showing movies and sporting events as well as a private event space is coming soon, too.

The Backyard will continue to iterate post-open, with the final stage opening this fall, that brings Barbakoa by Finka, the full service restaurant by Chef Eileen Andrade of Finka Table & Tap, featuring a fusion menu revolving around coal-fired fresh ingredients, along with Pokekai, creators of customizable Hawaiian poké bowls. Paletas Morelia will also set up a bigger, better kiosk in The Backyard. 

Existing vendors at The Doral Yard include: 

  • Plant-based and globally-inspired della bowls 
  • Authentic Venezuelan comfort food like 'pollo en brasa' or rotisserie chicken from un pollo
  • Dim sum made from scratch daily by Yip
  • The Bar at The Yard, a full-service bar serving cocktails, beer, wine, coffee, juices and more

The Doral Yard in Downtown Doral is located at 8455 NW 53rd St. Suite G106, Doral, FL. For more information on The Doral Yard, follow @DoralYard on Instagram and Facebook and at www.thedoralyard.com. The Yard is actively hiring for all front-of-house and back-of-house positions as well. Interested candidates can visit www.thedoralyard.com/careers for more information.

After months of anticipation, The Backyard at The Doral Yard in Downtown Doral is now open to guests.

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Healthy Eating Miami
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4 Healthy Spots To Fuel Your Body This Summer

Summer is in full swing and if you’ve been partaking in too many BBQs or boat days filled with beer, you might want to consider adding some nutritious bites back into your daily routine. Not only will your body delight in nutrient-dense meals, but maintaining a healthy, balanced diet can help fuel your workouts and keep you from crashing. And since we know meal prep doesn't always happen (if ever), here are some local spots to help you stay fit, healthy and full. 

Summer is in full swing and if you’ve been partaking in too many BBQs or boat days filled with beer, you might want to consider adding some nutritious bites back into your daily routine. Not only will your body delight in nutrient-dense meals, but maintaining a healthy, balanced diet can help fuel your workouts and keep you from crashing. And since we know meal prep doesn't always happen (if ever), here are some local spots to help you stay fit, healthy and full. 

1. Chicken Kitchen 

This is a Miami institution for a reason. Their Chop-Chop®  put healthy bowls on the map and their World Famous Mustard’n Curry® Signature Sauce is legendary. Chicken Kitchen only uses fresh, never frozen, all-natural & locally-sourced food and their chicken is always juicy, tender and white meat chicken breast (which is healthier than dark meat.) We’ve always marveled at the plethora of chicken that they have grilling at one time, not to mention the way in which the staff wields their knife to precisely dice it for the Chop-Chops® , Wrapito® and salads. If you’re looking for a healthy lunch or dinner, or even catering for a party, make sure to add Chicken Kitchen to the top of your list. And lucky for us, they have plans for 18 more stores in the next 18 months. 

Multiple locations, https://www.chickenkitchen.com, @chickenkitchen

2. Miami Squeeze 

Recently opened in Midtown Miami, you can stop in the new location of this North Miami staple for healthy wraps, salads, melts, juices, and smoothies. Try the Falafel Salad, Wrap Me Wrap, and Salmon Platter paired with iconic drinks like the Vitamin C juice, Mango Loco smoothie, and Mint Lemonade. We love the casual vibe along with the refreshing smoothies to help cool off in the summer heat.

Miami Squeeze Midtown, 3252 Midtown Blvd #117, Miami, FL 33137, http://miamisqueeze.com/, @miamisqueeze

3. Carrot Express

Brickell residents get ready - Carrot Express is opening in just a few weeks. Founded in 1993, Mario Laufer saw the lack of nutritious cuisine in Miami Beach and started serving a balance of delicious and healthy fare inside a gas station on Alton Road in South Beach. Nearly 20 years later, Carrot Express now has ten locations in South Florida including Aventura, Coral Gables, Midtown Miami, South Beach, Dadeland Miami, North Beach, Downtown Miami, Miami Shores, Boca Raton and Doral. We have so many favorites (tuna topped sweet potato being one) and are excited to try some of their newest additions, like the Middle Eastern Platter, Salmon Buddha Bowl, and Chicken Goddess Sandwich.

Multiple locations, https://eatcarrotexpress.com, @carrotexpress

4. FlyFuel 

From the creators who started Raw Republic, this Aventura spot offers a menu of ingredient driven bowls, nutritious salads, tropical and coffee based smoothies, and healthier treats for everyone on every diet (vegan, gluten-free, animal-based) at an affordable price. From the PB&A Acai Bowl made with acai, banana and peanut butter topped with granola, cacao nibs and banana to the Curry Bowl that is prepared with roasted chicken, warm quinoa, baby spinach, warm chickpeas, shredded carrots, shredded cabbage, cilantro and curry yogurt sauce, you’ll leave feeling satisfied knowing you’re fueled up on healthy wholesome eats.

FlyFuel, 20804 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33180, https://eatflyfuel.com, @flyfuel

FlyFuel Aventura
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FlyFuel in Aventura Celebrates 1st Anniversary With Free Drinks This Weekend

FlyFuel in Aventura is celebrating their one anniversary this weekend and is giving out free drinks to customers! Today through Sunday, get a free liquid fuel with a minimum purchase.

FlyFuel in Aventura is celebrating their one anniversary this weekend and is giving out free drinks to customers! Friday, August 6 through Sunday, August 8, stop by and get a free liquid fuel with a minimum purchase.

This includes their signature coffee creations, iced teas and refreshing lemonades including Dirty Matcha Latte -- coconut water, almond milk, matcha and a shot of cold brew or a tropical Dragonfruit Coconut Green Tea -- cold brew green tea, coconut milk, dragonfruit and agave. 

FlyFuel features a vast menu including healthy salads, acai creations, smoothies and ingredient driven bowls.

“Since opening in Aventura, we’ve noticed an incredible rise of new fitness studios and more people are becoming health conscious,” said Jesse Gimelstein, co-founder. “As much as we loved our vegan fare, we wanted to offer more fueling options – especially for a post-workout or hearty meal. Our goal is to give back to the community and provide the best of both worlds.”

FlyFuel prides themselves on only using the freshest, cleanest ingredients in every dish. Vegetarians and vegans alike can enjoy a spin on tuna salad made with chickpeas or delight in a wild caught roasted salmon. New items incorporate chicken roasted in-house and sustainably caught ahi-tuna including the Curry Bowl and Avocado Ahi Wrap.  

Other menu highlights are Cauliflower Crust Pizza topped with tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan, tomato sauce, arugula and olive oil, Sweet Potato Toast layered with almond butter, honey, berries and coconut, and a Lentil Veggie Salad filled with arugula, chopped romaine, black lentils, shredded carrots, avocado, roasted sweet potato, roasted asparagus, almonds and honey balsamic vinaigrette.

FlyFuel has something for everyone and Gimelstein wants his guests to become family - even dogs are welcome! FlyFuel is located at 20804 Biscayne Blvd in Aventura. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 8 AM until 7 PM, and Sunday 10 AM until 7 PM. For more information, visit www.EatFlyFuel.com or call (305) 894-6936.

Chef Nicole Miami Meal Delivery
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Let Chef Nicole Miami Deliver Flavorful, Healthy Meals to Your Door

Eat healthy without the planning, prepping, and portioning that comes with meal prepping. Let Chef Nicole Miami deliver flavorful, well-balanced meals right to your door!

Eat healthy without the planning, prepping, and portioning that comes with meal prepping. Let Chef Nicole Miami deliver flavorful, well-balanced meals right to your door!

For Nicole Retchin, providing Miami with a healthy meal delivery service is her passion. About 6 years ago, Nicole started small and part-time out of her own kitchen before beginning to rent kitchens, and as the business really took off, she purchased her own.

The meal plans are portion-controlled into two sizes - Lean Machine with meals between 400-500 calories and recommended for someone who is looking to maintain or lose weight and learn proper portion control, and Ultimate Warrior, with meals between 700-800 calories and recommended for people who live an active lifestyle.

Chef Nicole's meals are healthy but not restrictive. They are made with whole foods and real ingredients, without eliminating any food groups. All meals are comprised of lean protein, complex carbs, and vegetables.

Some of her recent meals have included: 

  • Turkey vaca frita with brown rice and black beans, grilled plantains, and asparagus.
  • Dijon salmon over farro with orange-grated brussel sprouts and goat cheese
  • Slow-cooked brisket with cauliflower mac and cheese and green beans
  • Sauteed shrimp linguine with saffron garlic cream over spinach

Nicole loves trying new foods and that inspires her weekly menus, which are anything but boring. There will always be lots of cultures represented with new meal options every week. The menus feature as many seasonal options and locally sourced produce as possible. Nicole also has breakfast and snack options available, as well as kid’s meals.

We love that Nicole acknowledges that food is fuel for your body and you don't have to eat less, you just have to eat right!

"I have been an athlete my entire life running high school cross country and track & field, to training and completing half marathons and triathlons," said Nicole. "I am very passionate about the role proper nutrition plays in overall health and well-being, and athletic performance. Food is fuel for the body and mind."

To order, head to chefnicolemiami.com and check out the menu. Orders are due by midnight on Thursdays for delivery the following week. Deliveries take place on Mondays and Wednesdays across the greater Miami area.  First-time users can get 10% off their first meal plan order with promo code STAYFIT10.

Lastly, be sure to follow @chefnicolemiami on Instagram for all the mouthwatering food pictures and the latest menus.


Environmentally Conscious Meal
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6 Ways to Eat to Minimize Your Environmental Impact

Ready to cut your environmental impact and improve your health along the way? Follow these steps to put it into action.

Ready to cut your environmental impact and improve your health along the way? Follow these steps to put it into action.

1. You don’t need to go vegan to make an impact.

Remember, the planetary health diet emphasizes consuming mostly plant foods and limited amounts of animal proteins, so if you can't fathom giving up your Sunday morning bacon, don't sweat it. "We're not saying you can never eat a cheeseburger again, but the goal is to try to reduce your consumption of red meat to maybe once a week," says KC Wright M.S., R.D.N., a nutritionist and sustainability advocate. And on that note...

2. Shift your plate slowly.

Before you try to overhaul your diet, understand that you're not going to have the healthiest, most eco-friendly diet right from the get-go, and slowly making changes is the key to preventing yourself from feeling overwhelmed, says Wright. If you make a chili, swap your meat for a variety of beans, or use mushrooms and lentils in place of ground beef in tacos, suggests Wright. "If, right now, you're consuming meat 12 times a week, then can you get it under 10, then five, then maybe down to three times a week?" she adds. "Know that it's not perfection, but it's practice, and anything is better than nothing.

4. Opt for poultry and certain seafoods instead of red meat.

ICYMI, cattle production is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, and noshing on red meat every day can also have serious health impacts for your personally. Poultry, however, doesn't require as much water, feed, or land to raise, so it's a slightly more eco-friendly choice if you really can't give up meat a couple times a week, says Jessica Fanzo, PHD. "Poultry is also much lower in saturated fat than red meat," adds Wright. "The quality of fat in the skin of poultry is not as saturated as the fat in a hamburger or trimming off a piece of steak. It's high in calories but not necessarily going to clog your arteries."

The planetary health diet also advises eaters to keep seafood consumption minimal, so if you're going to add a helping to your plate, Fanzo suggests checking out online sustainable seafood guides, such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch. These guidebooks will tell you the specific seafoods that are caught or farmed responsibly, the amount of waste and chemicals the farms release into the environment, the impact the farms have on natural habitat, and more. "You can also eat lower on the food chain, such as shelled seafoods like mussels and clams," she adds. "These are a more sustainable source of seafood as opposed to large fish."

For the most part, though, you'll want to stick to plant-based sources of protein, such as whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and soy foods, says Wright. "As much as possible, I encourage people to consume the whole form, not super-highly processed, smoked barbecue-flavored tempeh, for example," she explains. Those products may contain added sodium, which can increase the risk of developing blood pressure when consumed in high amounts, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Plus, choosing foods that don't have the plastic packaging can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut down on the amount of plastic entering landfills, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

5. Consider your food’s water footprints.

Since carbon footprint doesn't always give the full picture of a food's environmental impact, Fanzo recommends thinking about its water footprint (how much water it requires to produce) as well. A single avocado, for example, uses 60 gallons of water to produce, so if you care about water resources, consider cutting back on your avocado toast intake, she suggests. The same goes for water-intensive California almonds, which require 3.2 gallons of H2O per nut.

6. Look to other cuisines for inspiration.

If you grew up in a "meat and potatoes'' kind of family, figuring out how to concoct delicious plant-focused meals can be a challenge. That's why Fanzo recommends looking to cuisines that are predominantly vegetarian — such as Thai, Ethiopian, and Indian — for recipes that will help you fuel up without requiring you to soul-search for your inner Amanda Cohen right from the get-go. You can also sign up for a plant-based meal delivery service to take out the work while your taste buds get acquainted with the tastes and textures.

The entire article can be found on Shape.com by Megan Falk here.

Miami Brunch
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6 Brunch Spots You Need to Try in Miami

Is there anything better than breakfast food? From sweet and savory, to fresh and healthy, here are 5 brunch spots you need to try in Miami.

Is there anything better than breakfast food? From sweet and savory, to fresh and healthy, here are 6 brunch spots you need to try in Miami.

1. Thatch

Enjoy an organic, plant-based menu filled with energy-dense superfoods and local ingredients. With both indoor and outdoor seating and open Tuesday through Sunday, find Thatch at 3255 NE 1st Avenue.

TRY:

Banana Almond Pancakes (they're gluten free!) - banana, almond butter, coconut vanilla cream, caramel sauce, and maple syrup

Thatch McMuffin served with mixed greens -toasted whole wheat English muffin, just egg, tomato, sausage, cheddar cheese, herbed cashew cream, and pickled jalapeño

2. Bebitos

Find bistro classics and delicious pastries at Bebitos, located at 1504 Bay Road. They have their own signature coffee blend for a signature cafécito or traditional café con leche. There is also a variety of seating that makes it perfect for getting work done or hanging with friends.

TRY:

Fried Egg Croissant - egg sandwich with brie, prosciutto, honey mustard, arugula, and caramelized onions

The Elena - egg sandwich with roasted adobo turkey, strawberry jam, and provolone

3. Café Americano

With outdoor dining on Collins Ave, the views and people-watching are a great way to start your day. If you like your brunch to be a little boozy, Café Americano has a unique Bloody Mary and a full bar. Find it at 1776 Collins Avenue.

TRY:

Carrot Cake French Toast - three slices of thick cut brioche, griddled in spiced batter, carrot, raisin and pecan cream cheese filling and candied carrots

Huevos Rancheros - crispy corn tortillas, two eggs any style, black beans, chorizo, ranchero salsa, cotija, avocado, colatro, and pico de gallo

4. Natura Eatery

Find lots of healthy treats at this little spot at 75 NE 16th Street. Open from 9 am - 9pm everyday, the menu uses local and farm-raised ingredients. Look out for their weekly specials or try their acai bowls.

TRY:

Mixed Berry Almond Butter Toast - multigrain toast with almond butter spread topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries,

Coconut Waffles - gluten-free waffles topped with bananas and coconut flakes

5. Pura Vida

A go-to spot for healthy and delicious food in Miami. With several locations in Miami, they offer all-day breakfast and a peaceful ambiance. You can also find quick grab-and-go options like juices, smoothies, coffee, and tea.

TRY:

Perfect Egg Sandwich - toasted bagel scooped, eggs, mozzarella, arugula, avocado smash, tomato, olive oil

Overnight Oats - oats, shaved coconut, almond milk, and chia seed topped with strawberry, blueberry, homemade vegan granola, and almond butter drizzle

6. Sagrado

This dog-friendly café has a giant outdoor patio in downtown Miami at 900 Biscayne Boulevard. The menu has a mix of Brazilian specialties and classic breakfast favorites. There is a reason there is always a line on the weekends.

TRY:

Sagrado Waffle - Belgian style waffle served with dulce de leche, Brigadeiro, berries, and whipped cream

Avocado Toast - Sesame toast, tomatoes confit, burrata, avocado, and microgreens

Lovvett App
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New App Lovvett Saves You Money and Helps Miami Restaurants Reduce Food Waste

Did you know that uneaten food is the third-largest contributor to climate change? At the same time, uneaten food impacts businesses at all levels. As environmental awareness increases and consumer eating habits are changing, the new app Lovvett aims to create a win-win situation for consumers, businesses, and our planet.

Did you know that uneaten food is the third-largest contributor to climate change? At the same time, uneaten food impacts businesses at all levels. As environmental awareness increases and consumer eating habits are changing, the new app Lovvett aims to create a win-win situation for consumers, businesses, and our planet.

Lovvett is helping local Miami restaurants to reduce food waste and turn surplus food into more revenue for businesses, while offering consumers great food for less and contributing to building more sustainable communities.

Did you know that 30-40% of all food produced in the US is wasted? Even if everyone in need was fed, still there would be surplus that ends in landfills.  Restaurants are one of the primary sources of food waste.

Lovvett was started by a local husband and wife team in Coral Gables. The goal is to contribute to more sustainable communities and ensure conscious consumption. The app enables South Floridians to order and enjoy great food at heavily discounted prices, while benefiting restaurant partners by giving them additional revenue for food items that might otherwise go to waste.

Since Miami is a cultural melting pot, almost every ethnic cuisine is represented with new restaurants continuing to be added.  There is even a filter on the app for any food allergies.

After downloading Lovvett, it is as easy as browsing meals, placing your order, and picking up your food within the designated time window. Some of the restaurants on the app include Miam Miami, DBakers, Rodilla Wynwood, and Spris Artisan and deals are upwards of 50% off, changing daily.

Now you can get $5 off your first $15+ order one week after downloading Lovvett.

Lovvett is looking to start offering the regular menus from participating restaurants alongside their surplus deals. They will start to offer delivery and hope to expand services nationwide. Click here to download the app or visit their website at lovvett.com.

Jrk! Jamaican Aventura
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Jrk! Is Aventura’s New Fast-Casual Jamaican Food

Traditional Jamaican meets health-conscientious with Jrk! in Aventura. This new restaurant has chef-inspired dishes using high-quality ingredients in a fast-casual environment. 

Traditional Jamaican meets health-conscientious with Jrk! in Aventura. This new restaurant has chef-inspired dishes using high-quality ingredients in a fast-casual environment. 

Owner Harrison Berstein grew up loving Jamaican cuisine, influenced by Kavan Burke. Kavan Burke housed Wayne Sharpe for free when he initially moved here from Jamaica until he moved to Atlanta to open his first restaurant. Once Harrison and Kavan decided to join forces and open Jrk!, they convinced Wayne to move back to Miami and the rest was history.

At Jrk! your meal is served bowl-style with a combination of bases, proteins, and toppings. Choose from one of the signature bowls, or make your own. Proteins include Jerk BBQ, Jamrock Pepper Steak, and Oxtail. For vegans, there is even Vegan Jerk. Some of the mouth-watering topping options are Pineapple Plantain, Cabbage Slaw, Pineapple Mango Salsa, Sweet Scotch Bonnet Cauliflower, and Jerk Peppers and Onion. Top off your bowl with a number of sauces with names like Rude Boy and The Tropics.

Finish your meal with a chocolate or pineapple 305 Rum Cake. The restaurant also carries a range of juices, Jamaican sodas, beer, and wine.

Jrk! is open from 11:30 am - 8 pm Sunday through Wednesday, and 11:30 am - 8:30 pm Thursday through Saturday.

Find Jrk! on the third-floor food hall at the Aventura Mall, 19565 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura. For more information head to eatjrk.com or check them out on social media at @eatjrk on Instagram and Facebook and even TikTok.


Gluten-Free Miami Eats
Food

No Wheat? No Problem! 8 Spots for Gluten-Free Eats

If you’ve sworn off gluten because you have a sensitivity, allergy, or intolerance, or simply want to give your gut a break from wheat, barley, or rye, the most common forms of gluten (which are found in pretty much everything these days), don’t fret. You can still eat out with ease. Here we explore 8 places that you can partake in a full meal as well as satisfy your sweet tooth - all without gluten-containing grains. 

If you’ve sworn off gluten because you have a sensitivity, allergy, or intolerance, or simply want to give your gut a break from wheat, barley, or rye, the most common forms of gluten (which are found in pretty much everything these days), don’t fret. You can still eat out with ease. Here we explore 8 places that you can partake in a full meal as well as satisfy your sweet tooth - all without gluten-containing grains. 

Dora Gluten Free (Coral Gables)

This is the only fully dedicated gluten-free restaurant in Miami. Get a hamburger and fries for a fulfilling meal or opt for some, croquetas (ham and chicken, and vegan). Finish off your meal with desserts including lemon loaves, key lime pie (also available in dairy-free), cinnamon rolls (also available in guava and Nutella), or some brownies and cookies. They now offer shipping on their gluten-free goodies. @doraglutenfree

Carrot Express (multiple locations)

With an extensive menu of good-for-you eats, from smoothies to bowls to platters, Carrot Express has a number of gluten-free options for those avoiding wheat. Be sure to check out the Shaved Kale Brussels Sprout Salad, Pesto Salmon, Mahi Mahi, BBQ Chicken Platter, or Grilled Chicken Platter for lunch or dinner. @carrotexpress

Coyo Taco (multiple locations)

Don’t get sidelined when your crew hits this local taco institution because of your dietary restrictions. Opt for the new “secret menu” option, the Yogi Bowl (available through the end of April). This delight for gluten-free, vegetarians, and vegans alike, consists of layers of mixed greens, quinoa salad, roasted cauliflower and mushrooms, avocado, pickled red onions, jalapeños, citrus slaw, pico de gallo, and toasted pepitas. You can add salsa and proteins if desired. @coyotaco

Thatch (Midtown)

Pop into the market for a smoothie, a grab-and-go bite, or dine-in for lunch or dinner at this plant-based establishment with an extensive gluten-free offering. From salads to bowls, to gluten-free pad Thai and the not-to-be-missed Shattered Potatoes, you will not leave hungry. For brunch seekers, be sure to try the banana almond pancakes. @thatchmiami

And you can satisfy your gluten-free sweet tooth here:

The Chocolate Chip Bakery (Midtown)

This newcomer to Midtown, offers vegan, gluten-, soy-, refined sugar-,GMO-free cookies, brownies and baked goods that will frankly blow your mind. We stopped in to purchase one of everything and we simply couldn’t choose a favorite from the selection cookies, banana bread, and a light and fluffy sweet potato bun. We were already pre-caffeinated when we dropped in, so we passed on the iced latte, but we’ll be back as they looked just as good as the baked goods.  @thechocolatechipbakery

Bunnie Cakes (Doral) 

This cupcake mainstay that just moved their operations to Doral is the OG in vegan and gluten-free cupcake and cakes. You can stop in (or opt for delivery) to choose from a variety of flavors including some cookies and cream, red velvet, funfetti, key lime, dulce no leche, coconut, and more. Bunnie Cakes can also customize your order for cupcakes, cakes, and mini cakes all to be gluten -free. @msbunniecakes

Purely Baked By Sarah (delivery)

If you’re a fan of the Kardashians, you may have seen their obsession with olive oil cakes and cupcakes. Now you can get your very own from this local baker, who sells all organic, dairy-free, gluten-free and parve, cakes in a selection of flavors like original olive oil, chocolate, chocolate chip, guava (with coconut or without), and lemon poppy seed (with lemon glaze on top). Place your order via Instagram DM and choose to pick up your goods at the Fresh Market Parking lot in Aventura or opt for delivery. @purelybakedbysarah

The Oats Guy (delivery)

When we saw The Oats Guy’s stunning creations pop-up on our Instagram, we thought it was another case of ‘looks good, but can’t eat’ situation. Then we learned that these donuts can all be made gluten-free (as well as vegan and sugar-free if you’re so inclined) we dropped a DM and eagerly checked out the weekly menu of these oatmeal rings. We received a quick reply via a very accommodating baker and our donuts were delivered with care. They taste more cake-y than fried donuts (which is fine by us because we actually don’t like fried dough) and each creation looked (and tasted) better than the next. You can tell and taste there is a lot of love that goes into making these by the attention to detail each ring has. @theoatsguy

Sprouts Farmers Market
Food

Sprouts Farmers Market to Open New Stores in Miami and Broward

Sprouts Farmers Market plans to open as many as ten new stores in Florida, including locations in South Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.

Sprouts Farmers Market plans to open as many as ten new stores in Florida, including locations in South Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.

The Phoenix, Arizona-based grocer known for its unique selection of responsibly sourced products and a farmers' market-style experience will open approximately 20 stores this year, including five in South Florida. Several South Florida locations are in the works, from Homestead to West Palm Beach. Addresses are as follows (stores listed with cross streets don’t yet have addresses). Opening dates have not yet been announced.

  • Boynton Beach: W. Boynton Beach Boulevard and Jog Road
  • Homestead: 2631 NE Tenth Ct.
  • Miami: 12690 SW 88th St.
  • Oakland Park: 700 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
  • West Palm Beach: Okeechobee Boulevard and Military Trail

*This article was originally published on MiamiNewTimes.com by Nicole Danna and can be found here.

Surfside Farmer's Market
Food

Popular Outdoor Farmers Market Returns to Surfside, Florida on Sunday, March 7

The popular market returns to the area on Sunday, March 7 and is helmed by Surfside resident Javier Valmana, who is also the creator of Wavey Acai Bowls.

For a fresh way to spend Sundays and support local businesses, the Town of Surfside invites the public to its outdoor Farmers Market. The popular market returns to the area on Sunday, March 7 and is helmed by Surfside resident Javier Valmana, who is also the creator of Wavey Acai Bowls.  

With COVID-19 guidelines enforced, visitors can safely shop for home decor, artisan items, apparel, handmade jewelry and baked goods, or fuel up on delicious fare from a plant-based vendor, healthy acai bowls and Peruvian-style cuisine. The Surfside Farmers Market is conveniently located across the street from the beach. It is a must-visit during a trip to Miami’s charming beach town.

The following is a list of participating vendors…and the list is still growing:

  • Paz y Luna - hats, hand bags, handmade apparel. @paz_y_luna
  • Cherelune - artisanal soaps, crystals, candles @cherelunemia
  • LifeACTivated - bohemian clothes @lifeact_ivated
  • SueBeeQ Jewlery - handmade jewelry @suebeeqjewlery
  • Wavey Acai bowls - Acai bowls @waveyacaibowls
  • Ciabella - baked goods @ciabellabakery
  • Moana Kai - handmade baby and kids clothing and accessories @moanaandkai
  • Mind of art - decorative accessories, handmade concrete pots, refurbished artistic furniture @justart1970
  • Yessis - Peruvian-style ceviche, hot pressed paninis, handmade empanadas, vegan options, fresh lemonade, hot churros, banana bread & other baked good @Yessiskitchen
  • Planta sol -  freshly potted plants for indoor and outdoor @jengricas
  • Soapciety- handcrafted soaps, body scrubs, hand sanitizers, lip balms, small accessories @1934soapciety
  • Fruitsncahoots - Fruits and veggies @fruitsncahoots
  • Bussdown vegans – plant-based vendor that serves west coast flavors, featuring burritos and bowls. Everything is made from scratch: no GMOs or processed ingredients and soy free @bussdownvegans

WHEN:

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday, starting March 7, 2021

WHERE:

9500 Collins Avenue in Surfside

COST:

Free to attend

VENDORS:

New vendors are welcome to participate in the Surfside Farmers Market and can fill out an application online at https://form.jotform.com/210245312434139. For questions, contact Javier Valmana at 305-923-2518 or email surfsidefarmersmarket@gmail.com.

peanut butter products
Food

6 Peanut Products Packing a Nutritional Punch

If there was a Peanut Butter Anonymous, we’d be a part of the program. No matter the form - raw, butter, or even powder - we don’t discriminate. As far as nutrition goes, peanuts pack quite a punch with approximately 7 grams of protein per ounce, making them a great choice when looking for something to keep you satisfied. And while 14 grams of fat per serving might scare some off, most of the fats in peanuts are good fats and will keep your blood sugars low and keep you from getting hangry. 

If there was a Peanut Butter Anonymous, we’d be a part of the program. No matter the form -  raw, butter, or even powder -  we don’t discriminate. As far as nutrition goes, peanuts pack quite a punch with approximately 7 grams of protein per ounce, making them a great choice when looking for something to keep you satisfied. And while 14 grams of fat per serving might scare some off, most of the fats in peanuts are good fats and will keep your blood sugars low and keep you from getting hangry. 

All in the name of research we tested a selection of peanut butter products to deliver our top 6 (narrowing it 5 was just too hard!)

1. Brooklyn Roasting

Coffee and peanut butter don't sound like they’d be a good match, but the folks at Brooklyn Roasting dared to combine the two. The result is a delicious peanut butter infused with fresh roasted Turkish ground single-origin coffee. We tried the Ethiopian Natural Peanut Butter and our taste buds freaked out in the best possible way. This creamy spread has a deliciously nutty flavor combined with coffee and you can taste the most delectable hint of blueberry thanks to the Ethiopian natural processed coffee. https://brooklynroasting.com, @brooklynroasting

2. R.E.D.D. Peanut Butter Protein Bar

With a soft, cookie dough-like texture this bar is packed with superfoods, adaptogenic mushrooms, probiotics, and 10g of plant-based protein, and a perfect peanutty flavor. These bars are chock full of peanuts and are gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO and Kosher and  https://www.reddbar.com, @reddbar

3. Catalina Crunch Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal

With zero sugar, non-GMO, grain-free, and 100% vegan, we were shocked by how crunchy, flavorful, and frankly irresistible this cereal is. While we admit we didn’t go for the traditional milk and cereal in a bowl, rather we ate it by the handful or sprinkled on acai bowls, this cereal uses seven plant proteins and fibers that are designed to keep you full longer and promote gut health. And the Catalina Crunch Peanut Butter Cookies, those are a must-try, too! https://us.catalinacrunch.com, @catalinacrunch

4. Quinn Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets

These gluten-free, crunchy peanut butter-filled pretzels have been a go-to snack of ours for some time now. The little pillow-looking pretzels have a crunchy exterior with creamy peanut butter filling inside, and use whole grain sorghum, an ancient whole grain that is naturally gluten-free and better for the environment.  https://www.quinnsnacks.com, @quinnsnacks

5. Organic PBfit Peanut Butter Powder

If you’re like us and have a hard time putting the spoon down and walking away from the jar, then this powder formula gives you goodness without the guilt. With just three ingredients including gently pressed roasted peanuts, coconut palm sugar, and a pinch of salt, it has 87% less fat and ⅓ the calories of traditional peanut butter. Just add water and mix to get a creamy texture that you won’t want to put down. https://pbfit.com, @betterbodyfoods

6. Gr8nola Peanut Butter Granola

When two of our favorite snacks, peanut butter and granola, collide AND give back, we consider that a major win. That’s why we are fans of this woman-owned BIPOC superfood granola brand, who has partnered with Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation initiative uniting girls to change the world. 8% of all Peanut Butter sales will be donated to Girl Up. Five girl leaders were chosen to work alongside gr8nola’s founder Erica Liu Williams to bring this flavor to market - from ideation to launch. Through this partnership, Gr8nola strives to inspire young women to achieve gr8ness by giving these girls real-world entrepreneurial experience, while supporting Girl Up's mission to achieve gender equality worldwide. https://www.gr8nola.com, @gr8nola

Pura Vida South Florida
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Pura Vida Continues to Expand, Opens Location in West Palm Beach

Pura Vida opened their sixth all-day cafe location in West Palm Beach this winter. The opening of this new outpost arrives on the heels of Pura Vida’s latest opening on West Avenue in Miami Beach this past October, as the brand looks to continue growing its footprint across South Florida.

Pura Vida opened their sixth all-day cafe location in West Palm Beach this winter.   The opening of this new outpost arrives on the heels of Pura Vida’s latest opening on West Avenue in Miami Beach this past October, as the brand looks to continue growing its footprint across South Florida.

Located at 460 S Rosemary Avenue, Pura Vida West Palm Beach will inhabit 2,500 square feet of the newly rebranded Rosemary Square. This location is designed in Pura Vida’s signature breezy aesthetic that includes a cornerless NanaWall for a truly indoor-outdoor experience.

What began as a side passion project in 2012 for founder Omer Horev, has grown into a wellness hub for South Floridians, providing an array of all-day breakfast menu items, superfood smoothies, fresh juices, flavorful salads, wraps, and bowls, along with a wide variety of gluten-free and vegan sweet treats, sourced using all local and organic ingredients whenever available.

Pura Vida was originally established in Miami Beach and has since launched several locations in the Miami Design District, Edgewater, South Beach, in Coral Gables at the University of Miami, and in West Avenue in Miami Beach. 

 “We are so excited about the debut of our West Palm Beach location, especially in such a walkable area like Rosemary Square,” states Horev, Chief Executive Officer at Pura Vida. “This marks Pura Vida’s first cafe outside of Miami and a huge milestone for the Pura Vida brand. We have always had big plans in the works for expansion, and it’s great to see those come to fruition while continuing to positively impact the local economy.”

“At Pura Vida, we pride ourselves on providing a welcoming space, where visitors can enjoy healthy and nourishing dishes, sourced from the highest quality ingredients,” states Jennifer Horev, Chief Brand Officer at Pura Vida. "This year, our brand has shown how strong and resilient we are, and we can't wait to welcome residents and visitors of West Palm Beach, and the surrounding area into our space to experience what we have to offer."

 Pura Vida plans to welcome three more locations in the coming months including establishments in Aventura, Bay Harbour, and Las Olas. Pura Vida West Palm Beach is located at 460 S Rosemary Ave., Suite 186, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Hours of operation will be 8 AM - 4 PM daily with both delivery and pick up available through the Pura Vida app. For more information, please visit www.PuraVidaMiami.com


Carrot Express South Florida
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Carrot Express Opens In Downtown Dadeland and Announces Expansion Plans Across South Florida

Carrot Express opened their doors in Downtown Dadeland this week, bring their nourishing foods to South Miami in a 7th location. Since 1993, Carrot Express founder Mario Laufer has been on a mission to create Miami’s healthiest dishes with a flavorful twist.

Carrot Express opened their doors in Downtown Dadeland this week, bring their nourishing foods to South Miami in a 7th location. Since 1993, Carrot Express founder Mario Laufer has been on a mission to create Miami’s healthiest dishes with a flavorful twist.

The Downtown Dadeland location is 1,800 square feet featuring indoor and outdoor seating as well as takeout and delivery. The space will incorporate the similar relaxed atmosphere of Carrot Express featuring their branded colors of orange and green.

The menu has something for every kind of dietary restriction including a wide range of salads, smoothies, bowls, wraps, fresh pressed juices and smoothies.

Laufer is thrilled to grow the wholesome legacy throughout South Florida. “We are so excited for this new chapter of Carrot Express! We feel a lot of the neighborhoods we’re expanding to (like Downtown Dadeland) are lacking in healthier cuisine and we want to help fill that void,” he shared.

By the end of February 2021, the healthy empire looks to unveil their first location outside of Miami in Boca Raton. Later this year, additional outposts will debut in CityPlace Doral, Brickell, Weston, Kendall, and Fort Lauderdale. Currently, Carrot Express has locations in Downtown Miami, Midtown, South Beach, North Beach, Aventura, Coral Gables and Miami Shores.

Laufer also added, “People are becoming more conscious about what we put into our bodies and we want to help support their healthy choices.”

Downtown Dadeland is located at 8880 SW 72nd Pl., Kendall, FL 33156. Hours of operation are Monday through Sunday, 11 am until 9 pm. Deliver and takeout orders can be made directly through the Carrot Express website or via ChowNow, Toast, Postmates, UberEats and GrubHub.

Stay updated on their future openings and visit www.EatCarrotExpress.com or follow along on Instagram @CarrotExpress.

sweetgreen Coral Gables
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Fast-Casual Sweetgreen, Opens First of Four South Florida Locations

The Los Angeles based, seasonal fast-casual restaurant sweetgreen, opened its doors today in Coral Gables, marking the chain's first South Florida location.

The Los Angeles based, seasonal fast-casual restaurant sweetgreen, opened its doors today in Coral Gables, marking the chain's first South Florida location. Following Coral Gables, sweetgreen announced expansion to its local footprint with locations in Coconut Grove, Wynwood, and Sunset Harbour slated for early 2021.

“We were drawn to Miami because it’s truly a hub for real food, art and culture, a place we strive to be at the intersection of in all our stores,” said sweetgreen co-founder and CEO, Jonathan Neman. “We are passionate about entering new markets the right way, working with local partners to ensure our restaurants reflect and feel unique to the surrounding community. Our hope is that our Miami guests will experience that each time they walk into one of our restaurants.” 

Founded in 2007, sweetgreen is known for their menu of core and seasonal salads, warm bowls, plates and sides, that use fresh ingredients and produce delivered that same day. For locals, expect sweetgreen to serve up exclusive items that emphasize Florida’s year-round warm weather, including the Citrus Shrimp + Avocado Bowl with baby spinach, warm quinoa, roasted shrimp, avocado, roasted sweet potatoes, tomatoes, red onions, shredded cabbage, cilantro, tortilla chips, and a ceviche dressing that will be available only in Miami. 

To make you feel even more at home, sweetgreen partnered with local artists to feature custom art pieces in their Miami restaurants. For Coral Gables they tapped Élan Byrd, known for her use of natural fibers and other resources from the earth, who has created raffia on canvas artwork that nods to the warm beach culture while tying in sweetgreen’s focus on following mother nature’s lead and seasonality. 

Coral Gables and all Miami restaurants will open following sweetgreen’s new safety standards, including mandatory face masks, elevated sanitation schedules, dedicated concierges to ensure safety compliance, and more. 

For more information on sweetgreen Coral Gables and their other Miami locations, visit www.sweetgreen.com. Follow sweetgreen on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @sweetgreen.

Cristie Besu
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'Tis The Season. 4 Tips on Healthy Holiday Eating

The holidays are here and even though they look a bit different this year, the fact is, the holidays tend to be a time when people start to slack off on their healthy eating habits.

The holidays are upon us and even though they might look a bit different this year, the fact is, the holidays tend to be a time when people start to slack off on their healthy eating habits. We are all for everything in moderation and a ’treat yo self’ mentality, but there are ways to be mindful about indulging. That one cocktail (or two) here, the extra slice of pie here, the missed workout, all can play into holiday weight gain. 

We turned to Cristie Besu, Founder of Eat Me Guilt Free and Certified Sports Nutritionist who shares her tips on how to still take part in your favorite holiday treats yet stay the course over the next few months. 

Tip #1

Find and use “better for you” versions of your favorite foods.  Stuffing is a common holiday favorite and you can make a high protein, low carb version that is still delicious and satisfying using Eat Me Guilt Free Protein Bread (check out Eat Me Guilt Free's recommended stuffing recipe here)

Tip #2 

As we increase our calories and the pandemic continues to keep us distant for our close friends and family, it is a good time to organize #wfh workouts that are outdoors with them. It helps us stay close to those we want to see over the holidays without engaging in indoor activities that are more difficult to distance yourself socially at.  AND you burn off all the extra calories you are consuming. 

Tip #3

Indulge in holiday wine spritzers vs wine at holiday gatherings.  You use 50% wine and 50% club soda and, voila, your wine now has half of the calories. If you enjoy red wines, pinot noir works well and most whites are a perfect fit. 

Tip #4

Serve your holiday meals with measuring cups vs a large spoon.  Using the 1 cup measuring cup helps keep your portions in check and your calorie intake within what you normally consume.  


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Reach Your Health Goals with Miami-Based RSP Nutrition

Based in Miami, RSP Nutrition has the goal of providing products that are not only made of clean, proven ingredients but are also convenient and effective.

Over the past decade, RSP Nutrition has evolved with the modern consumer, establishing itself as a top brand in both the sports nutrition and health and wellness space. Based right here in Miami, RSP Nutrition has the goal of providing products that are not only made of clean, proven ingredients but are also convenient and effective.

Started in 2008 by former collegiate athlete Victor Davanzo, RSP Nutrition filled a gap in the market for healthy, everyday wellness needs. Prior to launching the company, Davanzo could only find supplements with unnatural or dangerous ingredients. RSP Nutrition aimed to bring clean, nutritional products for active people and fitness enthusiasts while never compromising quality or convenience. Even 10 years ago, Davanzo recognized that people were focusing more on natural food and that performance training was no longer just for athletes.

"RSP products are designed and crafted to be all-in-one solutions to someone's path to physical achievements," said Kevin Escalera, the Digital Marketing Director at RSP Nutrition. "These achievements look different to everyone but RSP's products can improve everyone's performance."

RSP Nutrition has a full line-up of products to meet your needs whether your goal is energy, recovery, building muscle, or just general health and wellness. There is TrueFit, their all-in-one grass-fed protein that includes fruits and veggies, prebiotic fiber, probiotics, and healthy fats, and TrueFit Shake, which is a portable meal replacement. AminoLean is RSP's pre-workout with natural caffeine, zero calories, and zero sugar. (The pink lemonade flavor is delicious!) AvoCollagen combines hydrolyzed collagen peptides with avocado oil. And those are just a few of their best-sellers.

"You'll find that RSP Nutrition products accomplish a multitude of goals for the consumer. The all-in-one benefits are a great way for consumers to save time and pantry space," said Escalera. "For example, with TrueFit alone containing pre and probiotics for gut health, fruits, and vegetables, plus grass-fed protein - the customer is receiving so much more than just protein. The AminoLean pre-workout can be used for anytime energy, weight management, amino acids for muscle recovery, and for a pre-workout boost."

All of their products come with a money-back guarantee and Stay Fit readers can save 15% on your purchase with code STAYFIT15 at RSPNutrition.com. In addition to shopping, their website also has a blog with a variety of recipes using their products. RSP Nutrition products can also be found nationwide at Whole Foods, GNC, and Vitamin Shoppe, among others, as well as on Amazon.

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Enjoy Cookies Baked Better from Jane Bakes

Cookies that are low carb, made with 100% natural ingredients, AND taste amazing? It may sound too good to be true but that’s what you get from Jane Bakes.

Cookies that are low carb, low sugar, made with 100% natural ingredients, AND taste amazing? It may sound too good to be true but that's what you get from Jane Bakes, a woman-owned business founded by Jane Carroll.

A self-made entrepreneur, Carroll was the owner of a successful floral design business before an insane 10 months that changed her life. After a hard turn that included a house fire, a heart attack, and the stock market crash, Carroll decided to pivot and open up a small café. It was there that Carroll found a love for baking and experimenting with healthy recipes, and Jane Bakes was born.

Jane Bakes cookies are a clean treat made up of simple, real ingredients. You won't find artificial flavoring here - Carroll's seven flavors of cookies use real ingredients like crushed hazelnuts and scraped vanilla beans. Real ingredients also means that the cookies are very satisfying for being such a small treat. They are inspired by a French sable cookie, which means they have a unique texture that is soft, crumbly, and melt in your mouth.

Other ingredients include cage-free eggs and non-hormone butter. The cookies are made with 100% whole grain, except for the two gluten-free varieties which are made with almond and coconut flours. They are also made with an all-natural sugar, wheylow, which has 75% less calories and carbs than traditional sugar. Every ingredient contributes to making these cookies a high fiber treat that does not raise your glycemic index.

Each cookie is around 60 calories and with flavors like Double Chocolate, Whiskey & Rye Chocolate Chip, and Vanilla Bean you'll be thankful that you can enjoy them guilt-free. My favorites were Maple Pecan and Raisin Oatmeal, but I also loved the Vanilla Bean because it tasted like shortbread.

While these cookies may not be local to Miami, they are packed in an environmentally-friendly kraft paper sleeve that has a ziplock bag inside to maintain freshness and keep the bakery quality. Jane Bakes makes the small batches of cookies in their New York store and then vacuum seals right before shipping to ensure freshness.

Jane Bakes is currently distributed to over 1,000 stores in and around the northeast. For those of us down south, the cookies are also sold online through their website and available on Amazon Prime! If you want to order your own cookies, you can get a discount on your order by using coupon code insta25 at janebakes.com.

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della bowls Launches Digital Cookbook for Healthy Bowls at Home

della bowls, based in Miami, is bringing their vibrant, plant-based recipes into your home with the launch of their first cookbook.

della bowls, based in Miami, is bringing their vibrant, plant-based recipes into your home with the launch of their first cookbook.

After the COVID pandemic forced them to change their plans for a grand opening at The Doral Yard, the team pivoted to focus on connecting with the della bowls community digitally through virtual cooking classes and their new digital cookbook.

della bowls’ core mission is to make healthy food delicious, affordable, and easily accessible. Now their recipes are in an easy-to-follow format, using simple ingredients that you can find almost anywhere. With the della bowls cookbook, you will be layering new textures and flavors and building your own bowls.

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All della bowls generally follow the magic number 5 to make what they call ‘healthy bowls of happy.’ The 5 components of every bowl are base + protein + veggies + sauce + boost. ⁠ The globally-inspired bowls in their cookbook include five house favorite bowls, like the Dalé Bowl, stacked with vibrant layers of brown rice, refried black beans, cashew queso, pico de gallo, panelle, and Verde Sauce, and the Caribbean Bowl, packed with marinated kale, coconut black forbidden rice, toasted coconut, plantains, avocado, and Yellow Sauce.

The della bowls team has compiled recipes for all lifestyles, occasions, and paletes. In their cookbook you will get:

  • recipes from their current della bowls menu
  • new recipes
  • old favorites
  • suggested bowl combinations
  • cooking tips and tools

⁠We loved the sweet potato hummus for snacking, and the della bites for a quick boost of energy. Whether you prefer to meal prep, or cook meals on the fly, all of the recipes are simple and easy to prepare.

The digital cookbook is now for sale on their website and on Amazon for $9.99.

della bowls is also currently delivering via Door Dash, Uber Eats, Grubhub, and Postmates in Miami 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 2:00 am. Please visit our website dellabowls.com for more information, or on Instagram at @dellabowls.