When you hear “eating healthy” you probably think of a bland salad, and wish you were eating a burger instead. Turns out, eating healthy is a lot tastier than you’d think. From fresh fruit smoothies, and hummus wraps loaded with grilled chicken and veggies, there are plenty of awesome, healthy restaurants in Cocoa Beach.
Green Room Café
The Green Room Café is the real deal when it comes to eating organic. Located in downtown Cocoa Beach, Green Room is serving up sandwiches, wraps, salads, fruit smoothies, delicious vegetarian and vegan choices and wheat and gluten free alternatives. Yes, they even have healthy desserts. Popular items on the menu include The Yogi wrap, The Sunrise sandwich and the Acai smoothies. While you’re there you have to try their soup of the day. It’s homemade with the freshest ingredients, and out of this world. This laidback café is the perfect spot to go to for some good, fresh eats after a day at the beach with your pals. For more on the Green Room Café, visit http://greenroomcafecocoabeach.com/.
Locals know The Surfinista for their good vibes, fresh food and awesome décor. This downtown Cocoa Beach spot is a haven for healthy food and eclectic art. The menu has a wide variety of healthy breakfast and lunch food options. A few of the favorites on the menu include the breakfast bagels and the acai bowls. You can’t go wrong with “Da Bomb” bagel, which is the bagel of your choice topped with peanut butter, sliced bananas, honey and sprinkled with crunchy granola. The acai bowls are like a smoothie on steroids. The base is organic acai pulp, topped with a variety of fruits, seeds, granola and other healthy, sweet toppings. For more on The Surfinista, please call (321) 613-3864.
Juice N Java Café
Juice N Java Café, in downtown Cocoa Beach, is the go-to breakfast and lunch joint. As soon as you walk into Juice N Java, you’re greeted with a smile by the friendly staff and a whiff of delicious coffee. Must-try items on the menu include the Pesto Chicken Bialy, Milano Panini, Creamy Curry Chicken Salad and their fresh fruit smoothies. If you’re stopping in for breakfast, make sure to get the Pesto Chicken Bialy, which is toasted bialy topped with freshly prepared chicken salad, avocado, bacon and creamy pesto sauce. If you’ve never been, you have to check out Juice N Java Café. Everything from the wraps and salads to the paninis and smoothies are delicious. For more information, please visit http://www.juicenjavacafe.com/default.aspx
When you’re leaving the beach or walking in downtown Cocoa Beach, stop in New Habit. It may be easy to miss, but once you get inside you’ll be glad you found it. The menu is simple, but everything is homemade and tasty. They have everything from frozen yogurt and smoothies to sandwiches, salads and specialty items on the menu. If you have to choose only one item on the menu, it has to be the Chicken Pita. This isn’t your typical chicken pita sandwich. New Habit’s chicken salad is unlike others you’ve tasted before. Whatever their secret ingredient is, we love it. Make sure you get it served with sprouts on top. New Habit’s specialties include a Spinach Pie, black bean enchiladas or burritos and stuffed filets. For more information, please call New Habit at (321) 784-6646.
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By Alyssa Brady, Staff Writer