With its Midwestern United States roots and retirement community, Naples tends more toward the meat, seafood, potatoes and pasta genre than health conscious dining. That has been changing slowly and subtly over the past decade as the movement to know the origins of what you are eating has gained steam. Like most places nationwide, the "eat local" initiative has sparked a healthy trend in dining out - healthy for diners as well as Mother Earth.
At the same time, aging populations and food allergies have caused restaurants to address dietary needs such as low sodium, low cholesterol, gluten free and peanut free. Organic growing is on the rise, making it easier for restaurants to source pesticide- and chemical-free products.
In Naples, the leader in the field of healthy eating was Food & Thought, which opened nearly a decade ago as a market for organic food with a hot food component. More recently The Cider Press Cafe opened with an all vegan, all raw menu.
In between, restaurants all over town have cleaned up their menus to offer not just token vegetarian dishes but well thought out meals with the guest's well being in mind.
This list picks the best of what Naples has to offer as far as locally sourced, healthy dining. Besides the strictly organic and vegetarian spots, it samples some fine houses that source carefully and even chain dining option that earns inclusion by its faithful adherence to good health.