Best known for its delicious pizza and pasta, Florence makes it way too easy for visitors and residents to pack on extra pounds, which we like to call the Florence Fifteen. Of course, you can’t visit or study abroad in Italy without trying the famous pear ravioli and indulging in paninis the size of your face, but it is possible, and necessary to balance out the amazing carb-loaded dinners and gelato desserts with healthy lunches around the city.
An American favorite, Oil Shoppe, offers customized salads, paninis and omelets. Don’t be fooled by its unassuming appearance. Inside this hole in the wall, lies loads of fresh cooked veggies that make your options endless. In fact, menu items are hung around the store with recommendations of good combinations. The owners are very welcoming to those living on a budget as they offer low prices and loyalty cards.
This modern, trendy café is the perfect lunch spot for those looking for unique health food options and vegan dishes. This spot's list of salads and wraps include ingredients such as tofu and hummus, which can be difficult to find in the city of tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. They also offer fresh fruit smoothies and organic yogurt parfaits for a refreshing treat. While this is the perfect place to pick up on-the-go meals, because of its great vibe, it also a nice place to enjoy a sit-down lunch.
This juice bar will remind you of your favorite juice place in the states. With fresh fruit and base options such as yogurt, almond milk, and orange juice, you can choose from the delicious menu options or create your own smoothies. We love Kick Start, a smoothie containing banana, coffee, almond milk, cacao and yogurt. Similarly, you can make your own salads with a variety of healthy ingredients. Lovelife caters to gluten and dairy restrictions.