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Spring is in full bloom, Summer is quickly approaching and many of us have healthy eating on the mind. The Carmel Valley and Del Mar area are graced with quite a few healthy lunch spots that are the perfect fix to help you eat well and feel good.
The create-your-own fresh salad restaurant has long been a local favorite. Pile on as many greens and fresh veggies onto your plate and move on guilt free to their made-from-scratch soups. The Carmel Valley location has recently gone through a “fresh lift” that includes menu additions and a fresh new farmer’s market style remodel. We love that they have added the protein option of freshly grilled cage-free and antibiotic-free chicken skewers and Niman Ranch steak skewers to add to your meal. Looking for a gluten free options at the restaurant? Souplantation provides a helpful gluten free guide monthly on their blog along with featured superfoods and their benefits to your health.
Many are praising Beaming’s cleansing and rejuvenation programs. Placing an emphasis on plant-based food, the Beaming program offers a realistic, comprehensive, nutritionally rich, delicious and educational lifestyle approach to cleansing and daily healthy eating. Beaming offers a wide range of cleanse programs that can be adapted to cater the needs of every individual. In alliance with their popular following, Beaming has recently opened a bBAR in Del Mar. Offering the only hydraulic available in a juice bar in San Diego, the superfood vitality bar offers cold-pressed organic juices, superfood smoothies, delicious salads, raw foods, snacks, and a menu of cleansing programs. One stop at Beaming’s bBAR and you’ll be radiating a spring glow!
SAMMY’S WOODFIRED PIZZA AND GRILL
While the Woodfired pizza may steal the limelight at Sammy’s, their healthy global cuisine offerings are equally flavorful and delicious. The menu features a delectable selection of globally inspired tapas like Japanese style chicken meatballs and hummus served with lettuce cups. A new featured dish, the Oak Roasted Salmon Filet with fresh wok’d vegetables packs a nutritious and savory punch. Don’t forget to try any one of Sammy’s tasty salads. The vegan and vegetarian friendly Red Quinoa salad tossed with golden beets and topped with a Citrus chili Vinaigrette is a crowd favorite. But you can’t forget the pizza! Classic toppings include Organic Arugula & Pear and the Vegetarian with grilled eggplant, red onion, zucchini, and red bell peppers. Each pizza comes with a whole wheat or gluten-free crust option, providing healthier alternatives for customers. Every dish at Sammy’s is made with locally sourced, organic, and sustainable items whenever possible making Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and Grill the perfect lunch and dinner spot.
WHOLE FOODS MARKET
The natural foods grocer recognized for its organic products provides an abundance of healthy meal options. Feeling creative? Build your own feast at the salad bar, stocked with fresh vegetables, pastas, soups and more. The bakery section offers gourmet pizzas, oven-baked bread (including gluten-free options), and tantalizing dessert selections like their vegan cookies. Need lunch on the go? Create a made to order sandwich from the deli or pick up your favorite, conveniently pre-packaged hand-rolled sushi. Rest assured that there is an option for every healthy palette. They also stock a delicious assortment of Suja cold pressed juices. Whole Foods has recently opened its doors at a new Del Mar location; make sure to stop by the drink booth and grab some coffee for the perfect midday pick-me-up.
Katherine Randall is a Cardiff Resident and founder of Katalyst Public Relations, a full service PR and social media agency, based in Solana Beach that works with clients in the lifestyle, hospitality, new media and technology space.
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