Dining — 03 January 2015
Dining out with a healthy new year’s resolve

There is something liberating about the post-holiday season. It’s the time of year when we are most inspired to de-clutter, detoxify or otherwise make changes for a better life, most notably in how we eat. Thus, in the spirit of the post-holiday season, we’ve selected local restaurants dedicated solely to healthy eating.

 By Rebecca Cahilly

Apura Juicery & Coffeehouse 

Inspired by the ancient Greek concept of eating “apura” (raw) fruits and vegetables, this newly opened café in Boca Raton is a charming spot for a unique cold-brewed coffee or cold-pressed juice. “I want people to understand the link between what they eat and how they feel,” says owner Susan Mussaffi. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Apura Juicery & Coffeehouse also offers handmade nut “mylks” to accompany its menu of delicious, minimally processed and plant-based dishes. You won’t quickly realize that you’re eating vegan, raw or gluten-free here.

Apura Juicery & Coffeehouse

Palms Plaza

22191 Powerline Road, 20B,
Boca Raton

561-430-3596

apurajuicery.com

Apura Chocolate Tart  

Filling

1/2 cup pitted dates

3 medium bananas

1 cup cashews (soaked for at least four hours, then rinsed)

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup chocolate cacao

1/2 cup almond milk

 

Crust

2 cups walnuts

1 cup shredded coconut

3/4 cup dates 

Combine all pie ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.

Blend all the crust ingredients in the food processor using the S blade until smooth but slightly chunky.

Press the crust into an 8-inch round pie pan, then place filling on top of crust.

Sprinkle with coconut shreds.

Freeze to set for four hours. Defrost 30 minutes before serving.

 

Darbster 

Natural, organic and vegetarian-friendly cuisine designed to satisfy all tastes are the basics at Darbster. Animal rights and welfare are a focus of Darbster founders, with 100 percent of the restaurant profits donated to the Darbster Foundation, a volunteer organization that promotes animal interests in the local community. Serving dinner nightly from Tuesday-Sunday and brunch on the weekend, Darbster offers discounts Sunday evenings for patrons who bring their four-legged friends.

Darbster West Palm

8020 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach

Darbster Boca Raton

6299 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton

561-586-2622

darbster.com

 

DeliverLean

DeliverLean is determined to change the perception that “detox” means “hungry” or “no food.” South Florida’s fastest growing healthy meal delivery service has created a 100 percent vegan, organic and plant-based detox program called DL revAMPThe five-day reset program combines all organic, high-energy raw foods with cooked foods designed to provide pure energy and allow your body to expel impurities and toxins. The 1,200-calorie program is free of dairy, gluten, tree nut, wheat, night shade vegetable, garlic, onion and grain. DeliverLean offers healthy delivered meal programs that range from paleo to vegan.

DeliverLean

4351 NE 12th Terrace, Oakland Park

561-807-6080

deliverlean.com

Farmer’s Table 

Founded by local real estate developer Mitchell Robbins and chef/restaurateur Joey Giannuzzi, Farmer’s Table opened in late 2013 with one shared idea: to offer pure and natural foods in a welcoming, community-oriented environment. Farmer’s Table’s menu centers on whole, fresh, high-quality ingredients and avoids unhealthy factors like excess salt and fat, antibiotics, hormones and processing. No butter or cream is used in any dishes, and the restaurant does not have a deep fat fryer or microwave. They source organic and local ingredients, some even from the garden in their front yard, including fresh herbs, arugula, edible flowers and onions.

Farmer’s Table

1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton

561-417-5836

farmerstableboca.com

 

Green Bar & Kitchen

The folks at Green Bar & Kitchen have a manifesto – to be real, be raw, and be radiant; to make each day fresh-from-scratch, to stand up for what’s right, but always sit down for a good meal. With a concept inspired by founders who embrace the wholesome lifestyle, Green Bar & Kitchen focuses on food that is organic, vegan, locally sourced and always fresh. Many gluten-free options are available and their smoothies are deliciously satisfying options for when you’re on the go. New express location opening soon on Galt Ocean Drive.

Green Bar & Kitchen

1075 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale

954-533-7507

greenbarkitchen.com

Green Bar & Kitchen
Pumpkin Soup 

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil or coconut to sauté garlic & onions

1 yellow onion (chopped)

3 garlic cloves (chopped)

1 tsp ground cumin

8 cups pumpkin purée

5 cups veggie stock

1 tsp nutmeg

2 tsp salt (to taste)

1/2 tsp black pepper (to taste)

2 tbsp lime juice

toasted pumpkin seeds (garnish)   

In a stock pot, heat oil. Add onions and sauté until they become transparent. Add garlic and seasonings with the remaining ingredients to pot. Using an immersion blender, purée until the desired consistency is reached. Bring to a simmer. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed. Serve warm and garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds.

Note: To help thicken, add a cooked potato and purée with immersion blender after cooked. The starch will help thicken the soup. Maple syrup is an option to sweeten if desired.

 

Green Spot Kitchen

This “one stop health emporium” places equal importance on fitness as well as healthy eating. Green Spot Kitchen offers sandwiches, salads, tapas and a juice and smoothie bar. Custom meal and juice plans are available and Green Spot offers catering for special events.

Green Spot Kitchen 

1506 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

754-223-5558

greenspotkitchen.com

Seasons 52 

The concept behind the casually elegant Seasons 52 restaurant is simple: what’s good now. That is, the best seasonal, locally sourced ingredients crafted into tasty dishes using cooking techniques designed to bring out the natural flavors. A notable perk is that everything on the menu – including dessert – is naturally lighter in calories. A great place for lunch or dinner, Seasons 52 also offers a piano bar with nightly entertainment to accompany its global wine list and seasonal cocktail creations.

Seasons 52 Fort Lauderdale

At The Galleria Mall

2428 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

954-537-1052

Seasons 52 Boca Raton

2300 NW Executive Center Drive, Boca Raton

561-998-9952

seasons52.com

Seasons 52 Cedar-Plank
Roasted Salmon 

Notes: Wild or organic salmon filets preferred. Soak cedar planks overnight in water.

Ingredients

4 fresh salmon filets (6 to 8 oz. per piece,
boneless, skinless)

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp malt vinegar

1 tsp soy sauce

1 lemon, zest and juice

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (plus some for planks)

Combine ingredients and lemon zest in a small glass dish. Coat salmon filets with marinade and allow to marinate for one hour. Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.

Preheat oven to 475°. Remove cedar planks from soaking water. Rub planks with extra virgin olive oil. Place salmon filets on planks and season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Roast salmon 8-10 minutes (depending on size of filet). Serve with lemon and your favorite side dishes.

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