Restaurants with healthy menus are in ample supply in Rio de Janeiro. Although the traditional local meal is a heavy medley of meat, rice and beans, there´s a growing emphasis on restaurants catering to the body-conscious types that frequent the famous sands of Ipanema, Copacabana and Leblon. After all, Rio's's social scene revolves around the beaches, and the year-round toasty temperatures mean less is definitely more when it comes to clothing.
Along with a wealth of ´natural' restaurants (to use the local term for health-food joints) such asNew Natural in Ipanema, Vegetariano Social Clube in Leblon and Cultivar Brazil in Santa Teresa, the city´s many buffet restaurants are excellent places to load up on colorful salads. Kilograma, in Centro, is an inexpensive place to load up on veggies as well as more calorie-dense options.
There's a growing number of vegatarian and vegan restaurants in Rio, too, with Prana our pick of the bunch for its delicious, energising dishes.
Sushi is also hugely popular among Rio´s middle and upper classes, and the sophisticated Sushi Leblon is the best of an impressive range of sushi restaurants.