Sometimes it can be hard to find a good, healthy meal — whether you’re at home or on vacation. These days more and more people are trying to make healthy eating choices and the South Walton area has plenty to offer that is fresh, light, satisfying AND good for the body.
Check out these recommendations for where to get a healthy meal on 30A:
Raw & Juicy
Raw & Juicy, which has an airstream trailer and a new storefront location, both in Seaside, is a sure spot to grab a healthy meal, whether you are looking for solid foods or those of the liquified kind.
Everything they serve is made from scratch using only organic ingredients, meaning no preservatives or additives that many people have sensitivities to.
Also, customers won’t find soy, dairy or refined sugars on the menu, and they serve up plenty of gluten-free options.
Choose from their delicious juices and smoothies, like the Green Goddess or Spicy Rabbit, or grab an item from their menu of raw food and warm meals, perfect for a healthy lunch or snack.
“At Raw & Juicy we really make eating healthy easy,” said owner Jenifer Kuntz.
Tip: Try the Costa Rican, a delicious bowl of organic brown rice, seasoned black beans, house-made salsa fresca, avocado and a squeeze of lime. Or, go for the Veggie sandwich on house-made, gluten-free onion bread with house-made mustard, macadamia nut cheese, avocado, pickled onions, greens, tomatoes and cucumber. (Both are pictured above.)
For the Health of It
Though it’s been a staple for foodies for 20 years, even many locals still don’t know about this organic grocery tucked in a shopping center in Blue Mountain Beach.
For the Health of It recently installed a Fresh Foods case where customers can pick up ready-made meals including kale and quinoa salad, spring rolls and Indian curries. The case also features prepped, fresh fruits and veggies for snacking or to make cooking healthy at home a snap.
The juice bar offers healthy, organic juices and smoothies as a meal-in-a-cup. One of our favorites is the refreshing Viva Verde, a blend of cucumber, kale, spinach, avocado, banana, orange, peach and apple juice.
For the Health of It is THE best place for regular shopping to cook and eat healthy at home. The entire produce section is organic and non-GMO and is a great place to discover new types of vegetables, including varieties of sweet potatoes, apples and greens that aren’t available at many grocers.
They also have pasture-raised eggs, a hard-to-come-by treat and they sell locally raised meats from Nature’s Hand and NoWal in almost any cut you can imagine, so grab that ribeye or filet, some locally grown greens and veggies and you can have a sustainable, healthy meal at your own table.
It can be a slippery slope at Chanticleer, the lunch and dinner spot in Grayton Beach, but if you have the willpower, this is a great place to get a healthy, hearty salad, such as their Harvest option, piled high with juicy orange slices, grapes, craisins, sweet apples, red onions, gorgonzola cheese and candied pecans.
Disclaimer: To stay on the healthy side, you have to avoid the many cheesy sandwiches stacked with crispy bacon and those powerfully aromatic baked goods. To resist temptation — and for a gorgeous view — we suggest getting your salad to go and heading down the road to feast in the sand at Grayton Beach.
George’s at Alys Beach
George’s at Alys Beach adds some fun to their menu with a “Behave” and “Misbehave” section. So, if you can steer clear of the naughty side, you’ll find plenty of healthy options, many locally sourced, such as organic chicken with white bean ragout and wilted kale or the abundance bowl, a mix of black beans, quinoa red rice, kale, shiitake mushrooms, avocado, tomatoes and carrots topped with an over-easy egg (pictured below). Who said healthy had to sacrifice on taste? Not George’s.
Twin Oaks Farm Stand
This new addition to locally sourced and organic food options in South Walton is located in the Grayton Corners shopping center. Stop in for organic, soy-free and pasture-raised eggs, chicken, duck, pork and sheep meat.
Twin Oaks Farm Stand also has a refrigerated case with prepared meals to go and often stocked with hearty and super-healthy broths made with the bones of their meat, which you can even get in a to-go cup — a quick cure for whatever ails ya.
The Farmers Markets
South Walton has an abundance of farmer’s’ markets, meaning you can get fresh-from-the-farm produce, locally sourced meats AND great ready-to-go meals many days of the week.
The Seaside Farmers Market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The 30A Farmers Market is held at Grand Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, at Rosemary Beach from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays and at the 30A-Craft Bar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays. During the season, mid-week farmer’s markets are held, as well.
Check the 30a.com events calendar for specific locations and seasonal updates to the schedule.