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Eating healthy can be a challenge, but when a truck playing catchy tunes pulls up with fresh fruit smoothies, neon-pink snapdragon smoothies, acai and pitaya bowls, and fruit-heaped parfaits, it's easy to make the right choice. The mixologists aboard the Rockberry Acai Bowls & Smoothies truck —known for their creative foods, designs, and street appeal— whip up smoothies with a top-secret "shaka" recipe when they're not packing berry bowls with energy-revving fruits. They also serve up a few extras, like chicken salad sliders served on Hawaiian sweet rolls. Goods are gluten free, and they happen to be as pretty and delicious as they are good for the body. As if this combo of positivity wasn't enough, Rockberry is also socially conscious, dedicated to employing community members and partnering with local charities. A dish from the truck, therefore, is good for the heart in more ways than one—plus it's easy on the eyes and tongue.

P.O. Box 18
Hermosa Beach,
CA
US

Whether perching underneath an umbrella on the patio, or admiring the eatery’s display case of freshly crafted treats, visitors at Western City Bagel can bask in the comforting scent of baked goods and deli sandwiches. Unlike firecracker sushi rigged with live pyrotechnics, the shop’s bagel sandwiches are a culinary experiment gone right, making the traditional sandwich even better with stacks of turkey, tomato, albacore tuna, and bacon between two halves of a toasty, chewy bagel. The bagels themselves come in a variety of flavors, such as everything, poppy seed, and sprouted wheat. The shop opens at 6 a.m., filling quickly with steam from an espresso machine as early risers dine on open-face bagel feasts smeared with cream cheese and topped with lox.

403 N Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach,
CA
US

Stop by Neighborhood Grinds and sample a variety of menu selections that include rejuvenating coffees and rib-sticking paninis. Sip on a tantalizing medium-sized Single Origin blend ($1.70) prepared with a siphon brewer, or opt for a dark chocolate mocha ($3.75, medium). Nosh on convenient eats like a grizzly bear ransacking a supermarket sampling stand with a mitt-fitting turkey cranberry sandwich ($7.95) or a palate-percolating prosciutto panini ($7.25). Munch on a selection of daily-baked goods and wash them down with a mango-plus-passion-fruit smoothie ($3.75, medium). Or cool off with an iced latte ($3.50, medium) instead of disturbing penguins at the zoo by cannonballing into their arctic habitat.

2315 Artesia Blvd
Redondo Beach,
CA
US

Sacks on the Beach serves up fresh breakfast and lunch dishes mere blocks from the Pacific Ocean, inviting diners to savor meals as they smell the ocean breeze. Visitors can lounge on the outdoor patio or inside the cozy café, where they can chew through sandwiches that teem with crisp veggies and fresh cheeses, or simply sip a cup of fragrant coffee.

1611 S Catalina Ave
Redondo Beach,
CA
US

Though Jasmine Micaela Sharp and Aimee Goeppner managed to cross paths in the same Pilates class one day, the journeys that led each one to that class were much different. Aimee became serious about taking care of herself after having six children, knowing she needed to boost her energy and equip her body to deal with a lot of activity. Jasmine, meanwhile, had been battling obesity since she was a child, turning to sports as an adolescent and later to Pilates and yoga to help slim her silhouette. Their success with Pilates led them to co-found formu+La Pilates + Juice, where they even use Pilates machines of Jasmine's own design. Today, those who come to their studio find a class selection that includes everything from traditional Pilates and gentle flow sessions to beachfront yoga and SVELTE courses focused on lengthening the body.

Of course, Pilates is only half of what they do at formu+La. Jasmine grew up in central California where she had easy access to fresh fruits, honey, mint, and veggies, and Aimee is so infectious with her love of nutrition that she even has a 1-year-old who adores beet juice. After a class, students can head to an onsite juice bar that serves cold-pressed juices, nut milks, and tonics made strictly from organic local produce and herbs, including plant-based nutritional products from VEGA. The beverages are designed to replace the water, electrolytes, and pocket-stashed snacks lost during exercise, fulfilling the second part of Aimee and Jasmine's motto—Feel Your Body, Fuel Your Body.

2403 North Sepulveda Boulevard
Manhattan Beach,
CA
US

American fare with a touch of southern flair is the specialty at Rusty Pot Cafe. And the portions are just as hearty as the flavors—the aptly named Overload breakfast sandwich arrives heaped with bacon, eggs, cheese, and veggies, while chicken and waffles and juicy burgers are transported to plates via miniature forklift. Guests indulge their comfort-food cravings in the cafe's casual dining room, or out on the sun-drenched patio.

324 South Market Street
Inglewood,
CA
US