Healthy Eats! 4


At Active Culture they strive to represent the unique culture of South Orange County the best way they know how – by providing their clientele with healthy, organic, elemental and delectable food at affordable prices. As a family owned business, they strive to focus on the little things that often get lost in today’s busy lifestyle, like getting to know the customers and community, offering foods that are both wholesome and quick, and consistently deliver excellent service!

111 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672



Captain Mauri’s on Del Mar is this little-hidden jewel that you would never suspect of having healthy eats.  From the organic salads to the juices and smoothies. You can’t go wrong!  Now if you like veggie burgers and wraps you have to give this place a try.  Dessert, well they have you covered in that department.

149 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672



For all you lovelies that have a sweet tooth that needs satisfying this is it.  Here is the owner Melanie’s story on why she started it.

My name is Melanie, and I am the proud mother of two beautiful little boys. Over the past couple of years, I have spent countless hours creating recipes for my youngest son Bradley.

Bradley was diagnosed with severe food allergies at about nine months old. Before that he suffered from severe eczema and nothing we could do would ease his constant scratching. He could not sleep or play as all his attention was focused on trying to find relief from his constant itching. I was nursing at the time and little did I know that what I was eating was affecting his health directly. Through testing, we determined that he could not eat anything that contained wheat, gluten, eggs, dairy, soy, and several fruits and vegetables. And, since I was nursing, I was limited on what I could eat as he would have reactions either immediately after feeding or sometimes days after. Through trial and error, we developed a rather limited diet for Bradley. Most gluten free recipes contain other ingredients that Bradley could not eat, and if he could (through substitutions of other ingredients), he just did not like the taste or texture. The saddest day came on his first birthday. He obviously could not have a birthday cake because, at best, he would have a severe reaction that could threaten his life. Instead, I decorated a cantaloupe to resemble a cake knowing that he would have only a mild reaction and that we could treat with medication.

It was after that day that I began to get serious about trying to develop a recipe that would not only taste good but most importantly, look like a birthday cake. I know I am not the only one in the world to have a son with severe food allergies and so I wanted to start this business to share what I have learned and provide something for those kids and adults who have limited options in their diet. I am passionate about this venture, and I work hard to provide an essential element of a birthday party, the cake.

362 Camino de Estrella, San Clemente, CA 92672



Raw, organic and vegetarian all in one place.

They offer organic, vegetarian, raw ingredients, with the exception of some cooked foods they consider healthy. Raw food is not for everyone 100% of the time. They strive to make the menu at least 90% raw maintaining the nutrients and enzymes necessary to digest and absorb the food we eat.

They believe in a holistic approach to health and also offer a variety of wellness products and supplements. Each is affected by the physical body, the environment, the mind, and spirit. They believe in balance for better health. Good nutrition, a healthy environment, a positive attitude and a connection to Spirit is a more balanced approach to better health.

804 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672



Looking for that perfect Acai bowl? Look no further.

Bonzai Bowls prides themselves on the quality of everything they put into their bowls. Their honey is raw and sourced from a local bee farm. They offer superfoods like maca powder, bee pollen and chia. The peanut butter and almond butter is organic, nothing is GMO and the açaí is pure – unlike other chains that add fillers like lime juice and soy.

120 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672



Want to kit it up a notch? Spicy that is.  Mongkut Thai on Del Mar has been around for almost 30 years.  The owners pride themselves on fresh food and speedy service with a smile.  When you think of eating healthy, you don’t think Thai food or eating out at all. Their menu has several vegetarian choices that are low in calories and carbs.  You can always ask for lightly sautéed with no sauce to cut even more calories.  Next time you are craving a little spice try them out.

212 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672