How a Mediterranean Diet Can Save Your Life

Belltown may be a long way from Jordan, but Petra’s authentic Eastern Mediterranean lunch and dinner menus help close the gap. Named after the Rose City in our owner’s home country of Jordan, our bistro and cafe honor Jordanian culinary tradition, as well as the delicacies of Greece, Lebanon, Turkey, North Africa, Syria and Cyprus.

Lucky for Petra guests, Mediterranean ingredients are not only renowned for their flavor, but also for their impressive roster of health benefits. Several studies suggest that the Mediterranean diet can improve cardiovascular disease risk factors such as high cholesterol levels, and may also help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.

Online health resource Authority Nutrition provides a thorough guide to the Mediterranean Diet, including a meal plan, weeklong menu sample and sample shopping list. According to the article, the below foods can be enjoyed regularly, while red meat should be eaten in moderation and refined, processed foods and added sugar should be avoided. We’ve taken the liberty of pairing the recommended components with select Petra dishes that can offer your next serving for an extra-delicious spin.

  • Vegetables: Veggie Kabobs, Veggie Shawarma, Veggie Combo
  • Legumes: Hummus, Red Lentil soup
  • Grains: Tabouli
  • Seafood: Mediterranean Salmon, Mediterranean Prawns, Seafood Kabobs
  • Poultry: A wide variety of chicken entrees, including Petra Royale, Khal’s favorite dish
  • Herbs, spices, extra virgin olive oil: Some or all are used in the majority of our cooking

Be sure to check out our drink menu, as another staple of the Mediterranean Diet is a recommended 1 glass of red wine per day. We are proud to offer a selection of local, domestic and imported wines by the glass and by the bottle.

Finally, in between meals at Petra, stay satisfied with the following Mediterranean diet-approved snacks:

  • A handful of nuts or seeds (almonds, walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, etc.)
  • A piece of fruit (apple, banana, orange, etc.)
  • Sliced veggies (carrots, cucumbers, etc.)
  • Berries or grapes
  • A small handful of olives
  • Greek yogurt