New Year’s Eve just came and went, which means you’re probably in the throws of keeping up with your ill-defined new year’s resolutions. Exercise more, be nicer, eat healthier…we always set lofty goals for our resolutions that we struggle to keep up with. In a recent survey, it was determined that losing weight and eating more healthily were among the top three most common New Year’s resolutions, right behind exercising more frequently. Well, if you live in Seattle and losing weight and eating healthily are among your new year’s resolutions, you’re in luck because there are plenty of healthy places to eat in Seattle, many of which are celebrated as much for flavor as they are for nutritional value. So, if you’re looking for healthy meals that you can enjoy and that still help you keep you with your new year’s resolutions, here are 7 healthy places to eat in Seattle, WA.
A staple of the U-district, Chaco Canyon is an organic cafe that’s been around since 2003. Since their inception, the folks at Chaco have been driven by the narrative that a business cannot be successful and sustainable while also being good for people and the planet. This delightful cafe challenges that idea at every turn by providing its customers with an assortment of healthy offerings that range from breakfast and lunch, to juices and smoothies, to coffee and pastries. Everything is done with sustainability, organic ingredients, and health in mind and it’s all delicious. They have four locations around town, and the U-district spot is just a quick jaunt from Eleanor Apartments.
HeartBeet, which used to go by the moniker Thrive, is a Healthy place to eat in Seattle unlike any other. They do vegan, organic, and raw food in ways you’ve never experienced, utilizing superfoods to create bowls, salads, smoothies and juices that are both delicious and healthy. In fact, if you’re currently trying to keep up with New Year’s Resolutions, their juice cleanse program is by far the best in the city. They also do kombucha and ginger beer, they cater, and they provide health and nutritional classes. Located right near Eleanor on 65th, HeartBeet’s mission is to get America hooked on superfoods and to provide convenient access to delicious and nutritious food and they’re well on their way.
Another Roosevelt staple, and one right near Eleanor Apartments, Sunlight Cafe is a vegetarian eatery that’s been around since the 70’s. In fact, it’s the longest standing vegetarian restaurant in the Emerald City! They are known for the incredibly satisfying and nutritious food, and the fantastically laid back atmosphere. Their weekend brunch is out of this world, the lunches are great, and so is the coffee. Many of their dishes are a healthful, vegetarian take on classic american cuisine, like the variety of burgers they offer; the nut burger is particularly outstanding. If you’re keeping after new year’s resolutions and you want some healthy fare that checks all the comfort food boxes, Sunlight is your best bet.
Roosevelt Whole Foods
If you’re looking for a healthy spot to to eat in Seattle, specifically in Roosevelt, that’ll help you keep up with your new year’s resolutions, Whole Foods can be your one stop shop. They are by far the national leader when it comes to organic healthy grocery stores, and at Eleanor, we’re lucky enough to have one right around the corner. There are six locations throughout Seattle, but we’re biased when it comes to the Roosevelt store. Each Whole Foods location includes a remarkable deli counter along with prepackaged meals that are perfectly healthy and delicious. So if you’re struggling with a new year’s resolution to shop and eat better, you’ve found your spot.
Veggie Grill is a national franchise with two Seattle locations, one in South Lake Union and one in University Village. If you’re not yet familiar with Veggie Grill and you’re looking to kick your New Year’s resolutions into gear, here’s you’re #1 new takeout spot. Veggie Grill is a healthy, vegetarian take on ‘fast food’ – think Chipotle but with better, healthier ingredients and some serious flavor. The best part about Veggie Grill is that you can eat well while pretending to be bad. All of their food features wholesome vegetarian ingredients that are presented in traditionally unhealthy forms. Their assortment of burgers are so delicious, you’ll be entirely tricked into thinking you’re enjoying a traditional burger with a meat patty, and don’t get me started on those french fries.
Speaking of takeout, if you’re in the downtown area and you’re looking for a quick and healthy option that lets you keep up with your New Year’s Resolutions, you don’t want to miss Lovage. While their creativity with vegetables is certainly their strong suit, they also provide chicken, beef, tuna, and tofu. Meat can be healthy too in the right proportions, and Lovage has dishes that perfectly incorporate meat and it’s complimentary flavors without sacrificing nutrition. Taking inspiration from african cuisine, every plate they serve is fresh, colorful and piled high with deliciousness. When you eat at Lovage, you are eating some of the best food nature can offer. Keep an eye out for those grain bowls with rice and quinoa – simply incredible!
We’d certainly be remiss if we didn’t mention Portage Bay. With a number of locations around Seattle, all of which will be busy on the weekends, Portage Bay is likely the most popular brunch spot in Seattle. For the most part, Portage Bay does straight forward, no-nonsense american cuisine that leans toward, but is not committed, to health. If you want, you can go in for a decadent meal here, but you have a world of healthy options as well. And when they say local, organic, and sustainable, they mean it. The Roosevelt location actually raises chickens and other livestock onsite, so you know exactly where your food is coming from. If you’re looking for a healthy brunch option, Portage Bay should be your go-to. Just make sure to make a reservation!
Seattleites love their healthy eats, but they also love good, flavorful food. If your New Year’s resolution is to eat more healthily, just know that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor and satisfaction. We all know how hard it can be to keep up with your New Year’s resolutions, but with these fantastic healthy places to eat in Seattle, you’re sure to have an easier time keeping up with those 2017 goals.
Eleanor Apartments is committed to sharing and providing the best possible experience of Seattle with our residents. From the food, to the culture, to the nightlife and beyond, Seattle is a truly remarkable city with some wholly unique offerings. If you’re interested in life in the Emerald City, get in touch with Eleanor and schedule a tour! You won’t regret it!