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One of the hardest parts about eating healthy is eating out. Your friends want to grab a bite, but all of your go-tos—like a slice from Big Mario’s or bottomless hashbrowns at Beth’s Cafe—aren’t exactly going to help you achieve your gains goals.
Don’t panic — we’ve got good news: Seattle has your back in the healthy eating arena. We're seriously strapped with chefs, restaurateurs, and health fanatics who have brought amazingly flavorful and miraculously nutrient-dense eats to the foodie scene. So whether you’re in need of a late-night snack, an early morning pick-me-up, or a quick-and-healthy lunch, here are all the best (and healthiest) places to satisfy your cravings in the Emerald City.
Although Due’ has an array of delicious options on their menu, they’re best known for their healthy pasta. Yup — you read right: healthy pasta. This Capitol Hill spot offers homemade fresh pasta with a proprietary blend of flours resulting in a lower-carb, higher-protein option. Major bonus: they also offer gluten-free varieties. Do not pass up their Mushroom and White Truffle Oil dish. And if you’re feeling extra-indulgent, definitely try their authentic Panna Cotta for dessert.
Cold-pressed green juices? Check. Weekend brunch? Yep. Bright, plant-filled, Instagram-worthy space? You got it. Sometimes, when you’re trying to eat healthy, the best thing to do is to surround yourself with inspiration. And that's exactly what you'll find on the menu at Capitol Hill’s Juicebox Café. Swing by start your morning with their incredible Miso Oatmeal (made with gluten-free steel cut oats) and pair it with a Green Mint Chip smoothie (you can add matcha for an additional $1.50) — it'll be the best decision you make all week.
True to its name, Homegrown actually grows their own food on their own farms. They are all about farmer relationships, sustainably-sourced food, and reducing environmental impact. These values, paired with phenomenal dishes (like their Sonoran Grass-fed Steak Bowl) make them one of our go-to healthy eateries in the city. Plus, with a handful of locations all around the city, including in Capitol Hill, Downtown, Queen Anne, and South Lake Union, there’s always one nearby.
The Whale Wins in Fremont probably sounds vaguely familiar. No, it’s not The Walrus and The Carpenter or Barnacle Bar, but it was created by the same chef and restaurateur Renee Erickson. And we love this warehouse-turned-restaurant for its bright and airy space and distinct PNW beach vibes. Plus, here, you’ll find travel-inspired, locally-sourced plates like Hama Hama Clams and other dishes that change frequently depending on the availability of different ingredients. If you and your date are looking to indulge without entering a food coma, don’t miss their happy hour, Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 6pm — food specials are included.
Bounty Kitchen has amazingly flavorful, healthy eats down pat. Their menu, which is made up primarily of bowls, salads, and sandwiches, may seem simple, but the variety of dishes always keeps things interesting. From their Havana Libre Bowl to their Spicy Southern "Not-Fried" Chicken Salad to their Superfood Veggie Burger, you’ll definitely be able to find something worth coming back for again and again. Check 'em out in Queen Anne and Denny Triangle.
Have you ever had the biggest craving for a caesar salad — you know, that crunch and tangy flavor? If not, skip to the next. If you have, hold up here. Sprout has what you’re looking for. Head to their Pioneer Square or South Lake Union location, grab a Hail Caesar or Peanut Square salad and a house-made Pitaya Agave Lemonade and have yourself a healthy and satisfying meal.
Madison Valley’s Cafe Flora is one of the most innovative and yet unpretentious vegetarian and vegan spots in the city. Its light-filled, greenhouse-style seating area is super-cozy and their food is always on point; we especially love the Sweet Potato Gnocchi and the Coconut Tofu Lettuce Wraps. And with sustainability and environmentalism at the core of their mission, you know that the food you’re eating is not only nourishing and delicious, but good for the planet, too.
Evergreens is the Subway of healthy eating; they’re super-quick and have locations all over the city, making it easy to eat well, even on your busiest day. Their salads are the full-meal deal, packed with at least six delicious, filling ingredients… which means you’re not going to feel hungry an hour later. Fitt favorites include their The Notorious B.B.Q. and Dawson's Greek creations.
‘Fresh Off the Boat’ is one of the best poke bars in the city. This Belltown joint always has an amazing variety of toppings that, true to their name, are incredibly fresh. Seaweed (duh), jalapeño, jicama, pickled watermelon radish, a selection of super fresh fish — you get the idea. And with your choice of base, including brown rice, kale, or spring mix, you can curb your sushi craving while packing in all sorts of nutrients.
HeartBeet Organic Superfoods Cafe is the gold standard of healthy eating. Don't believe us? Just reread its name. They’ve got everything you could possibly want: smoothies, juices, elixirs, salads, vegan sushi, warm grain bowls, raw desserts, kombucha, Kangen Water — we could go on. Whatever you do, though, don’t miss sleep on their dessert menu, the Raw Energy Orbs are insanely delicious.
Plum Bistro is a community staple, claiming to be Capitol Hill’s ‘most loved vegan restaurant’, and we're not going to argue. They’re all about plant-based goodness, offering healthful salads, sandwiches, soups, and treats we can't get enough of. Sure, they’re not the cheapest spot around, but their happy hour makes them well worth the trip. And if you’re as much of a fan as we are (and we’re sure you will be), you’ll want to check out Plum Bistro’s smaller, sister-restaurants Plum Chopped, Sugar Plum, and Pantry by Plum.
Bowls—Buddha bowls, meal bowls, poke bowls—are taking the health food scene by storm. But here in Seattle, Chaco Canyon has been leading this trend since day one. They got their start serving espresso and raw, vegan treats, and now they have three locations in Greenwood, Queen Anne, and West Seattle, serving up a smattering of vegan and gluten-free goodness. Fitt Tip: the marinated tofu in their Buddha Bowl is mind-blowing. Grab that and a kombucha and you’ll leave feeling amazing.
Natural wood accents, light flooding in through the windows, bottomless drip coffee; Sunlight Cafe in Seattle’s northern Roosevelt neighborhood is the perfect spot to hit up if you feel like settling in at a mom-and-pop diner. Open breakfast through dinner, this place nails vegetarian healthy eats any time of the day, and they also have their fair share of gluten-free dishes. Check out The Vegan Highlander or the Tempeh Taco Plate and don't be surprised if you start coming up with every excuse you can to stop by multiple times a week.
This Ballard shop is an ethically-minded meat-eaters dream. Chef Linda Gair opened Carnivore in early 2017 in “protest against factory farms, processed food companies, pseudo-food producers and chemical manufacturers that are polluting our planet and our bodies.” With this vision in mind, she has cultivated an incredible gathering space centered around a menu that is not only (mostly) paleo, but packs a flavorful punch. This place is a bit on the pricier side, but we promise it’s worth it.
Broadfork is your one-stop shop for all things healthy. They serve up everything from sandwiches to bowls to juices to smoothies to salads — and they’re all vegan, organic, and locally sourced. Now at two locations in U District and Lower Queen Anne, be sure to try their Grilled Kim-Cheese or the Teriyaki Kelp Bowl. With their true farm-to-fork philosophy, we think you’ll fall in love just as much as we did.
**Updated May 2019.