Beach season is coming, so Long Islanders are hitting the gym and eating right to shed those holiday pounds, but finding the ideal local healthy eatery can be tough.

Here to help, the public voted Trader Joe’s the Best Health Food Store on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island competition and Panera Bread won Best Healthy Eatery on Long Island in that contest. Tula’s Kitchen and Wild Side Organic Bistro & Bar tied for Best Organic Eatery on Long Island this year.

Long Islanders know that Trader Joe’s is the place to shop for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The nationwide supermarket chain with seven Long Island locations is your home for affordable groceries, meat, and produce. Read the label on a Trader Joe’s product and you’ll find wholesome ingredients that you’ll feel comfortable serving to your family.

With its famed wood-paneled stores and staff in Hawaiian shirts, Trader Joe’s is a fun place to shop. It’s no wonder that Long Islanders who aim to eat healthy visit Trader Joe’s, which also features plenty of products for kosher or vegan diets.

At Panera Bread, the list of healthy, yet delightful, dishes at is endless, from the roasted beet, quinoa and citrus salad, seasonal greens salad, tomato mozzarella flatbread, to the Thai garden chicken wonton bowl. They even offer vegan and gluten-conscious items, proving that it is the perfect eatery for anyone who is looking to have a nutritious meal, without sacrificing taste. Whether you order to stay or go, Panera Bread is the ultimate place to visit for quality food made with a lot of love!

Wild Side Organic Bistro & Bar prides itself in providing its customers with organic, 100 percent non-GMO food. From local organic produce and organic lamb and chicken to grass-fed beef and organic rice, Wild Side Organic Bistro & Bar is helping make Long Islanders a little bit healthier. Plus, they also have vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free items on their menu. Some delicious options include coconut lentil stew, kale and black bean burger, and marinara pizza—just to name a few!

And Tula’s Kitchen believes not only in living to eat, but also eating to live. They’ve recently expanded and renovated with a new French chic space and a handcrafted Old-World bar. All of their offerings are prepared with organic and natural ingredients, whenever possible, to ensure all guests are eating well and fresh. Tula’s Kitchen offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

To find all the other 2017 Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Winners of the 2018 contest will be announced in February. Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Best of Long Island program starting Jan. 1.

Trader Joe’s, multiple locations, traderjoes.com

Panera Bread, multiple locations, panerabread.com

Tula’s Kitchen, 41 East Main St., Bay Shore, 631-539-7183, tulakitchen.com

Wild Side Organic Bistro & Bar, 1551 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale, 631-791-1800, wildsidebistro.com

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