The Sunshine State has a unique cuisine that's a blend of American, Hispanic and Caribbean foods. There's also a Seminole influence that adds a different note. Packed with flavor, many dishes with a major connection to Florida are a healthy option that fit well in your active lifestyle. Fueling your body with vitamins and minerals is important for good health, but also gives you the energy you need to get through your exercise session. You want to satisfy your appetite without feeling deprived, which is why you need to add these mouthwatering Florida recipes to your repertoire. Whether you're in Florida or not, you'll feel like you are with each bite.
Key West Chicken
Florida is indelibly connected with citrus fruit so you can bet that at least one of them takes center stage in many recipes from the state. This simple chicken recipe from the Keys features a marinade made with lime juice and honey that is both delicious and easy. Grill the chicken and serve it with rice and beans for a Florida meal that can't be beat.
Arroz con Pollo
Though popular in many countries of Latin America, this dish has been firmly adopted by Florida. Everyone seems to have their own unique version that gets passed down through the family, maybe being slightly altered by each generation so don't be afraid to mix and match the spices and change the amounts to get the flavor you love best. This is a great meal to make in bulk so whip it up for a crowd anytime the mood strikes.
Ceviche is a citrusy seafood dish originating in Peru but it has been made Floridian by the use of Key Lime. Freshly caught snapper is best and is marinated with the lime as well as lemon juice. Served with plenty of crispy, crunchy vegetables, it's the perfect meal for a summertime lunch party. But feel free to enjoy it anything you want to.
Florida Stone Crabs Claws with Mustard Sauce
Stone crabs are a delicacy in the Sunshine State and are a healthy choice because seafood contains lean protein and healthy fats. By serving it with creamy mustard sauce instead of melted butter, you save quite a few calories and still get to eat something that feels totally indulgent.
Conch fritters are an iconic Florida food. Since they are usually fried, they aren't the healthiest option but they are a delicious occasional treat. Cutting the calories and ramping up the nutrients, this salad makes great use of the deliciously creamy seafood. You're going to love the citrusy spicy dressing that goes on top.
Caribbean Mango Slaw
If you're looking for a bright and tropical side dish, this is it. The mango and cabbage blend well together to create the base of the salad. The dressing is a fresh and zesty blend of orange, grapefruit and lime juice. Serve this alongside grilled chicken or fish for a healthy Florida meal. It adds a sunshine touch whatever the weather.
Florida Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage
So much of Florida is close to the ocean so you can't talk about Florida cuisine without some mention of fresh seafood. Shrimp is abundant and super versatile. It's low in fat and calories but contains protein. It's the perfect option for filling these light and tasty tacos.
Orange Roasted Tilapia
This recipe perfectly melds what Florida is known for - fresh oranges and fresh seafood. The citrus perfectly complements the white, flaky fish and makes for a refreshing meal that is perfect for dinner.
Avocado Chicken Salad
Avocados are a Florida must-have and this recipe makes good use of the creamy fruit. It's an easy and tasty way to sub out some of the mayo and make a classic dish healthier. The addition of grapes and walnuts adds a great boost of flavor and loads of vitamins and minerals.
You haven't had Florida cuisine until you've tried mango salsa. The sweet juicy mangoes perfectly balance the heat of the peppers. The chunky texture makes this perfect to scoop with corn chips, but you can also use it as a topping for chicken or fish.
There's something about Florida that makes you want to eat bright, fresh and delicious foods. You don't have to give up your health goals to do so. These recipes are good for you and easy to make. You're going to love them all!