So you want to eat cleaner, huh? Every year, millions of Americans head to the gym with the hopes of dropping the holiday pounds, but as many of you know – the secret in the weight loss sauce is really what you consume. For a moment, let’s picture a new you — a you that likes kombucha, tea instead of a frappé and sometimes maybe a salad instead of the fries (blasphemy, I know!)
If you’re reading this, you probably love to eat just as much as I do, so consider committing to make small, but impactful changes every week until they become habits.
Let’s raise a smoothie to the new you in 2017 and explore my favorite places to eat clean in and around Orlando. Because hey, a little kale salad here and there never hurt anyone.
Eats: Mixed, raw and clean options
1. The Sanctum | Colonialtown North
Major’s Pick: Shiva Salad (Half Salad) Massaged kale, roasted butternut squash and house-seasoned tempeh with pink lady apples, celery, carrots and raisins. All tossed in curried peanut dressing and finished with candied walnuts, toasted chickpeas and flaked coconuts
2. Dandelion Communitea Cafe | Mills 50 District
Major’s Pick: The Giddyup ($6 on Mondays!): tempeh chili topped with blue corn chips and fresh diced tomatoes. Served with vegan queso or organic dairy cheddar cheese. Get in a bowl or wrap, and check out the new menu! (Tell them Major sent you.)
3. Infusion Tea | College Park
Major’s Pick: Nut & Honey wrap: local honey, organic cashew nut butter, bananas, strawberries, and granola for a sustaining wrap
4. Create Your Nature | Winter Park
Major’s Pick: Nutty By Nature bowl: blueberries, banana, organic granola, almonds, walnuts, pecasn, chia seeds, hemp seeds and local raw honey
Drinks: Cold-pressed, blended and over ice options
1. Juice Bar | The Milk District
2. Juice’d | Thornton Park
Major’s Pick: Kale Smoothie: apple, banana, ginger, kale, mango, pineapple, spinach *add coconut water
3. Grounding Roots | College Park
Major’s Pick: Sweet Potato, Pineapple & Red Apple
4. New Moon Market | College Park
Major’s Pick: Cheeky Monkey: almond milk, banana, oats, almond butter with maca powder
5. Skyebird | Audubon Park
Major’s Pick: Thai Hot: spinach, celery, cilantro, orange, apple, lime, lemongrass and jalapeño
Share your food adventures with us on Instagram! I’m so excited to see what you let your palate explore in the year!
Chauniqua Major, but we’re friends so call me Major!