Healthy seasonal dining
Try these good-for-you dining options even kids will love
Sweetgrass Food Co.’s green and sunny juice with a Buddha bowl will keep you healthy.
PHOTO: JOSHUA HUSTON
Whether you’re looking to lose a few pounds following a New Year’s resolution or just trying a healthier lifestyle, eating out can often derail your best efforts. Here are a few options around Seattle to enjoy delicious and healthy food you’ll feel good about feeding your family.
Sweetgrass Food Co. is all about “100% good food,” offering an inventive menu of healthy choices for diners young and old. Everything is made in-house from mostly organic, locally sourced ingredients, and the menu is full of delicious options for those with dietary restrictions. Kid favorites include the vanilla chia pudding, overnight oats, and the smoothies and juices always go down a treat. Thoughtfully composed grain bowls and salads round out the menu, and be sure to check out the upstairs balcony, with a giant whiteboard for kids to doodle on. 1923 7th Ave, sweetgrassfoodco.com.
Sprout offers a selection of generous salad and wrap combinations packed with flavor and high-quality seasonal fare. Sprout is as good for the planet as it is your body as all of their packaging is either compostable or recyclable. Be sure to get one of their pressed juices on the side or some frozen yogurt for a treat. A second location recently opened in South Lake Union, but take the kiddos to their original spot in historic Smith Tower and follow lunch with a trip to the top to enjoy the view. 512 2nd Ave.; 501 Fairview Ave. N, sprout-salads.com.
Chaco Canyon is a mini chain of ecologically conscious vegan cafés offering healthful cuisine bursting with goodness and flavor. They offer a wide range of salads, sandwiches and gluten-free grain bowls (including the standout yam, kale and quinoa bowl punched up by a drizzle of smoky paprika oil). They make all ingredients in house and are very open to substitutions, making it a great choice for families navigating food allergies. Their West Seattle location is particularly kid-friendly with a spacious play area full of toys, games and books. 3770 SW Alaska St.; 4757 12th Ave. NE; 8404 Greenwood Ave. N, chacocanyoncafe.com.
Chop’t is the newest offering from Makini Howell, chef and owner of the popular vegan Plum restaurants. A great option for busy parents on the run, Chop’t offers a variety of grab-and-go salads packed with bold flavors and healthful ingredients for $9. The World Traveler is a house favorite: a protein-packed Asian salad with coriander-rubbed tofu and edamame. 1429 12th Ave., plumbistro.com.
Bounty Kitchen is a charming Queen Anne café offering organic food and an extensive children’s menu. They serve breakfast all day as well as a wide range of grain bowls, salads and a killer Banh mi served on a Sea Wolf roll — some of the best bread in Seattle. 7 Boston St., Seattle, bountykitchenseattle.com.