Fit for Feasting

Diners looking for healthy menu options, including plant-based and heart-healthy meals, can choose from a growing number of restaurants throughout Mississippi. Some of our favorites are listed below.

Cultivate Good Health

Mississippi chef, author and entrepreneur, Katie Dixon, is one of Mississippi’s most passionate advocates for healthy eating, serving up fun and tasty dishes at her restaurant, Birdhouse Cafe, in Hattiesburg. Reality TV fans may also recognize Dixon from her appearances on Season 7 of the Fox reality show, MasterChef, and season 14 of Food Network Star.

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Heart Smarts

One of Coastal Mississippi’s favorite Italian restaurants, Salute, is showing its commitment to healthy dining through a range of heart-healthy menu items developed in coordination with Gulfport’s Memorial Hospital. Specially designated dishes feature lean proteins, vegetables, plant-based fats and whole grains, with gluten-free options available. The restaurant recently added a meal prep service, providing healthy meal packages for pickup and delivery.

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Eat Well

Living Foods Wellness Cafe and Juicery, in Oxford, offers fruit smoothies, smoothie bowls, organic juices, and unique lunch dishes. Their menu is vegan and vegetarian friendly, with antibiotic and hormone-free meat options available as well. Healthy grab-and-go meals, including freezer casseroles and soups, are available at the counter.

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True Blue

Blue Dog Bistro touts itself as the first vegan, keto, paleo, and gluten-free friendly restaurant on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Ocean Springs restaurant offers a number of tasty items suitable for customers with food allergies and intolerances. Blue Dog is open Tuesday through Sunday, serving breakfast, lunch, and beverages from their full-service barista bar.

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