While fans are chomping on nachos and beer, many athletes have adopted a plant-based diet to maintain form and function.
Monica Auslander, dietitian to the Miami Marlins and Soho Beach House, thinks everyone should seek plant-strong options that are light on sugar and heavy on nutrients.
Just because something is vegan doesn't mean it's healthy (Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos, anyone?). And though such things might be OK in moderation, most of the time you should probably give your body the care it deserves by feeding it fresh, healthy, whole foods.
"I'm looking for dishes that aren't too starchy, that contain vegetables, fiber, and protein," Auslander explains. "I also look for meals that contain anti-inflammatory spices. I like fermented foods to promote a healthy gut microbiome and are lower in sugar. Of course they have to pass the palate test." Here are her favorite options at some of the city's hottest veg-friendly spots.
Dirt. The umami spinach bowl ($11) is pure veggie power. It includes cancer-fighting mushrooms and protein-packed hummus for fewer carbohydrates than a banana. 1834 Bay Rd., Miami Beach; 786-453-2488; dirteatclean.com.
Plant Miami. The "cheese" platter is really good, and it comes with fermented pickles! I'd order the cacio di fungi for dinner — mushrooms are great at fighting cancer, have a lot of vitamin D (which vegans are often deficient in), and have some protein. Kelp noodles have iodine, which most people get from seafood but would be lacking in a plant-based diet. I'd probably split a cauliflower with someone as well — they do it really well here. 105 NE 24th St., Miami; 305-814-5365; plantfoodandwinemiami.com.
Dr. Smood. The organic kale works salad ($10.95) is a decent steal. Sunflower seeds lend some protein, and the dressing has anti-inflammatory spice and fat in it to round out your meal. Pair it with some dried spicy eggplant, available in the to-go fridge. 2230 NW Second Ave.; Miami; 786-334-4420; drsmood.com.
Choices Cafe. Choose a base of greens, add tempeh for protein, sprinkle on carrots and onions (onions are potently antioxidant), and opt for their cashew or tahini sauce for healthy fats. 2895 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove; 305-569-4300; choicescafe.com.