Dining out is extremely popular in Seattle, with more than a third of Americans eating away from home on a daily basis. While most diners do not have to put a lot of thought into eating out, those living with dietary constraints have to be a bit more fastidious when it comes to picking a suitable restaurant. At present, up to 100 million adults in the USA are living with diabetes according to the CDC, making diabetic-friendly menu items increasingly important. Although not every eatery will have a dedicated diabetes-friendly menu, it is generally possible to pick suitable items from the menu of a health-orientated establishment. In Seattle, there are now more restaurants, coffee shops and delis who cater to a wide range of patrons with varying dietary needs.
Carnivore is perfect for Paleo
Carnivore is, without a doubt, one of the hottest eateries in Seattle. Situated at 5313 Ballard Avenue, the restaurant is the perfect choice for patrons in need of diabetes-friendly foods, as they embrace the Paleo diet, which is known to help balance glucose levels. The Carnivore menu may seem rather odd at first, as it is devoid of grain, processed sugars, legumes, dairy, white potatoes, fructose and vegetable oils (apart from organic extra-virgin olive oil). Some of the most popular menu items include the Painted Hills Petite Filet Mignon, Naturally-Fed Pheasant with kale, broccoli, crushed fingerlings and sherry jus, and spaghetti with heirloom tomatoes, pomodoro, preserved duck yolk and sweet basil.
Sprout is a foodie hotspot
Sprout has become a health food-hotspot in Seattle, and with very good reason. While the menu is not specifically aimed at diabetics, it is filled with delicious and nutritious salads, wraps, and drinks that are not only good for the body, but for the soul as well. One of the best-loved salads on the menu is the South by Northwest, which is made from chicken, white cheddar, tomato, chili-roasted sweet potatoes, toasted tortilla strips, and a corn and black bean salsa served on a bed of Romaine and Arugula. Containing only 470 calories, it’s easy to see why this salad is so popular among health-conscious Seattleites. Even if your elevated blood glucose levels are temporary, like in the case of gestational diabetes, you're bound to fall in love with Sprout’s delicious offerings and return to sample more menu items in the near future.
Feast on sustainable fare at Homegrown
If you're looking for decadent, healthy and sustainable food, look no further than Homegrown, which aims to ‘change the food system so future generations can live in greater harmony with the earth.’ The restaurant prides itself on crafting a range of healthy breakfasts, salads, sandwiches and snacks that are all made with only the freshest locally-sourced ingredients. The majority of the menu items are diabetes-friendly, although there are a few stand-outs that simply take healthy eating to the next delicious level. The Matcha Chicken Avocado Bowl is immensely popular, and contains grilled chicken breast, feta cheese, avocado, farm greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, warm ancient grains, and a basil/lime matcha dressing. Another favorite is the Broccoli Melt sandwich, which is filled with smoky roasted broccoli, white cheddar, caramelized onions, farm greens and a chermoula aioli.
Living with diabetes does not have to put a damper on your social life. With so many healthy restaurants in Seattle, there's no reason why you can't go out and enjoy a meal with family and friends.