6 Healthy Places To Go in Gainesville

By Meredith Sheldon

Whether you are looking for a nutritious lunch or trying to break a sweat while working out, here are the top six fresh, fit and healthy places in Gainesville.


Substitute the rice and beans at Chipotle for some sweet potato noodles and kale salad at Bolay. This healthy restaurant located off of Northwest 13th Street has everything your healthy heart desires ranging from grilled chicken and tofu to fresh vegetables and and delicious sauces.  

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

Sometimes the StairMaster at the gym can get boring. Change up your workout regimen and hit the stadium. Running loops up and down the bleachers or even sprinting your way to the top is a fun way to get in shape and build muscle.  

Vale Food Co.

Another member of the healthy food scene in Gainesville is Vale Food Co. on Archer Road. This healthy restaurant offers build-your-own bowls with fresh ingredients like chicken meatballs, grilled shrimp and chipotle whole-grain mac and cheese.  

Orangetheory Fitness

If you are looking for a way to get motivated, Orangetheory Fitness in Gainesville is the way to get pumped up. Sign up for your first free class with a friend and increase your endurance on the treadmill and rower while also building muscle through weight training exercises.  

Big Island Bowls

Acai bowls are hot on the market, but they can also be loaded with sugar. If you are looking for a sweet treat without the sugary, calorie-dense additives, head to Big Island Bowls in Newberry to get a fresh acai base with healthy toppings like pollen.  

Sweetwater Preserve

This is one of the healthiest places to go in Gainesville. It is the perfect spot to go on a hike and get your steps in. Walking helps reduce your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and depression, according to Mayo Clinic. You might also see some wildlife like the Gainesville bison!

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