Picnic on South Beach: Healthy and Easy Alternatives for Your Basket
It's January in the Magic City. The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, and it's perfect picnic time. And since it's a new year and you're probably very much committed to the universal resolution of eating healthy and losing weight, Cheetos puffs and croquetas can't be on your basket's menu. Unfortunately, the only thing most South Beach restaurants and markets offer are an array of chips, dips, soda, and empty calories. As deliciously devilish as those are, there are better alternatives for the mind and soul. And the waistline.
Grab an oversize beach towel, a few friends, and head over to these spots for mindful eats. Don't forget your umbrella and hand sanitizer. Eating sand is no fun.
Conveniently on your way to the beach, on the off-ramp to Alton, Whole Foods is a sanctuary for the healthy eater, and the perfect place to pick up everything you need and want for a sumptuous picnic on the nearby sand. No Cheetos or Funyons to be found here. Instead, they have natural and kettle cooked chips and popcorn, an olive and nut bar, and freshly made and packaged dips and cold salads like smoked fish dip ($7), Mediterranean pimiento and creamy artichoke dip ($4), macaroni salad ($4), egg salad ($6), tabbouleh ($5) that are Miami weather and SoBe picnic perfect. A diverse natural juice selection and perhaps the most OCD fruit display that includes everything from apples to oranges and organic and healthy creme sans the whipped make Whole Foods a picnic destination. And in case you forgot protection, they've got organic sunblock here too (what did you think we were talking about?) Be sure to get here early or the parking lot will resemble a battlefield. People really take the organic thing seriously.
Rebelling against the healthy, natural, this is the way we should live life organic fad, or simply don't want to have a brawl at 9am over a supermarket parking spot? Hunger down. Epicure is just a few blocks away. A gourmet, and just as pricy (in case you were getting excited about spending less) market, Epicure is truly for the epicurean eater. And since you're fancy and having a picnic on a spring break destination, we're assuming you fall into this category. House made and packaged dried fruits, nuts, and vegetables like carrots ($6) along with exotic spreads like truffle mousse with sherry ($9), too many imported cheeses and a collection of delectable charcuterie that vary in price beginning at $5 is just what every picnic basket craves. French bread, seeded rye, pumpernickel, and others are also made daily and will be the perfect plate for all that other stuff you just put in your shopping basket. Fresh fruits, pre-made sandwiches, and a cold bar with items like chicken liver, cucumber salad, and caprese salad (all sold by weight) are also picnic commendable.