At the William Sansum Diabetes Center we want to take the guesswork out of fun and healthy eating.

Each year, more than 550,000 residents and visitors with diabetes snack, drink and dine at our wonderful Santa Barbara establishments. With the help of a grant from the Mosher Foundation we have launched our “GuiltFreeSB” program with the goal to make Santa Barbara the world’s most diabetes-friendly destination.

Our registered dietitian has worked with our wonderful restaurant and retail partners to identify colorful and delicious meals that are nourishing and nutritious for those with diabetes. Don’t have diabetes? GuiltFreeSB menu items are great for ANYONE looking for balanced, healthy meal options!award

Check out our partners and their flavorful GuiltFreeSB menu items!

Bon appetite!



los arroyos

 Los Arroyos
14 W. Figueroa Street, Santa Barbara, CA. 93101
(805) 962-5541  |
1280 Coast Village Road, Santa Barbara, CA. 93108
(805) 969-9059   |

Tony Arroyo opened Los Arroyos Mexican Restaurant and Take Out in 1999 in downtown Santa Barbara.  A family oriented restaurant, many of the employees have been with the company for over 10 years. Los Arroyos is honored to be a local favorite, and continues to prepare excellent homemade Mexican food from fresh ingredients every day.
Mama’s Salad
474 Calories | 31.5 grams Carbohydrates
* With shrimp, add 155 Calories
*With chicken, add 335 Calories

California Salad
580 Calories | 50 grams Carbohydrates
* This is high fiber, so you can subtract
22 grams fiber from carbs

Tony’s Alambres
327 Calories | 32 grams Carbohydrates

Ceviche Tostada
355 Calories | 17.5 grams Carbohydrates ( + 52 cal and 11 carb)
* Order one toasted corn tortilla on the side instead of the shell

Raja’s Con Queso
220 Calories | 21 grams Carbohydrates


Paradise Café
702 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA. 93101
(805) 962-4416 |

The Paradise Cafe has the first and only grill to use Santa Maria live oak wood in the city of Santa Barbara. Their philosophy is simple and straightforward – to take the highest quality and freshest ingredients possible, and let them speak for themselves.  The staff takes great pride in the continuity of their traditions of great food, friendly service and patron loyalty.
Grilled Fresh Fish Tacos
570 Calories | 48 grams Carbohydrates
* omit rice when ordering
Grilled Chicken Salad
637 Calories | 30 grams Carbohydrates
* ask for the dressing on the side and only half the cheese

Shoreline Cafe

Shoreline Beach Café
801 Shoreline Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(805) 568-0064 |

At Shoreline they are committed to serving you fresh, healthy ingredients, locally grown and harvested whenever possible. These include produce from local growers, seafood from local harvesters and great wines from Santa Barbara County Vintners.
Grilled Fish Tacos
645 Calories | 46.3 grams Carbohydrates
* order corn tortillas
Chicken Tortilla Soup
145 Calories | 22.5 grams Carbohydrates
* order the 6 oz. cup rather than the 9 oz. bowl of soup

Armada Wine & Beer Merchant
1129 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA. 93101
(805) 770-5912 |

Tucked away in the historic San Marcos Courtyard right in downtown Santa Barbara, Armada Wine & Beer Merchant offers guests a neighborhood hangout. It is a comfortable, welcoming, and fun space to explore artisan wine & craft beer from around the globe.
Wines – 6 oz. pour
103 Calories | 6 grams of Carbohydrates
Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc
140 Calories | 3.7 grams Carbohydrates
Pinot Noir and Syrah
145 calories | 4 grams Carbohydrates

Beer – 17 oz. pour
Blonde Ale
225 Calories | 20 grams Carbohydrates
India Pale Ale
259 Calories | 17 grams Carbohydrates

Cheese Plates
3 Cheese Plate – serves 2

470 Calories | 25 grams Carbohydrates

3 Cheese Charcuterie & 3 Cheese Plate*
470 Calories | 25 grams Carbohydrates* go easy on the cured meats – lots of sodium and fat

Jamie Slone Wines
23 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA. 93101
(805) 560-6555  |

Jamie Slone Wines specializes in low production premium wines featuring Red Blends, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and more from the best vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Visit us in our new tasting room at the Wine Collection of El Paseo, in the Presidio Neighborhood, downtown Santa Barbara.* Note: We advise people not to have alcohol on an empty stomach
Sauvignon Blanc
140 Calories | 3.7 grams Carbohydrates

Aloysius Chardonnay
140 Calories | 3.7 grams Carbohydrates

2012 Pinot Noir
145 Calories | 4 grams Carbohydrates

Super Tuscan
145 Calories | 4 grams Carbohydrates


Mother Hubbard’s Restaurant
373 Ave Of The Flags, Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 688-3912  |

A family-owned restaurant that opened in 1978, Mother Hubbard’s welcomes visitors and neighbors alike to stop in for a home cooked meal. Generous portions are enhanced by the locally sourced and organic ingredients they use. Head on over to Buellton for the extensive menu and friendly faces at Mother Hubbard’s!
Monterrey Sandwich
594 Calories | 33 grams Carbohydrates

Baby Burger with Fruit on the Side
484 Calories | 52 grams Carbohydrates

Ahi Salad
538 Calories | 17 grams Carbohydrates

101 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 966-2112  |

Located on Santa Barbara’s pristine waterfront, the Santa Barbara FisHouse offers some of the central coast’s finest fresh seafood. Situated on Cabrillo Blvd across from East Beach and Stearns Wharf, the Santa Barbara FisHouse is a perfect destination for ocean-side dining, offering patio seating by an open fire pit.
Grilled Salmon
503 Calories | 37 grams Carbohydrates

Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese
302 Calories | 11.7 grams Carbohydrates

Pan Roasted Chicken
510 Calories | 26 grams Carbohydrates

Mesa Verde Restaraunt
1919 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(805) 963-4474  |

Mesa Verde restaurant is Santa Barbara’s new destination for a cuisine inspired by Chef & Painter Artist Greg Arnold filled with flavors for every taste.
Regular Dough Spanish Pizza
1,025 Calories | 120 grams Carbohydrates

BLTA Flatbread Sandwich
693 Calories | 81 grams Carbohydrates

Baby Carrots/Lentils
432 Calories | 71 grams Carbohydrates
*split dish and match with a fried egg

Outer Aisle Gourmet
2615 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA. 93105
You can buy OAG products at Whole Foods, Isabella Gourmet,
or online at

Outer Aisle Gourmet is a Santa Barbara-based business that is dedicated to recreating traditional high-carb food favorites with nutrient-dense vegetables.  Our veggie sandwich thins and veggie pizza crusts, made primarily with cauliflower, are naturally free of gluten, grains and nuts
Veggie Sandwich Thins
40 Calories | 2 grams Carbohydrates
Veggie Pizza Crust
100 Calories | 5 grams Carbohydrates



Take a stroll up State Street to visit these popular sites and burn a few calories at the same time.

   Stearns Wharf:
This is Santa Barbara’s number one tourist spot! On Stearns Wharf you can find specialty shops, restaurants, marine life at the Sea Center, and a beautiful view of the harbor.  Take a walk to the end of the wharf and you can say hello to some local pelicans.

 B   Harbor:
The harbor is where you can rent SUP (stand-up paddle) boards and kayaks to cruise alongside the boats.  You can find some great local seafood at the restaurants here and visit the popular Maritime Museum.  You can also take a walk out on the jetty—watch out for big waves!

 C  Funk Zone:
The Funk Zone is a unique and eclectic mix of artisan shops, art galleries, eateries, tasting rooms, and microbreweries.  It is a quick 5 minute walk from the wharf to this hip neighborhood so sit down for a bite to eat or sip on local wines.

 D  Paseo Nuevo:
Paseo Nuevo is a beautiful place to shop, dine, and watch a movie.  This never too busy Spanish-style outdoor shopping center, off of State Street, is a relaxing place to stroll, people watch, and enjoy downtown Santa Barbara.

 E  Santa Barbara Museum of Art:
5,000 years of world art and first class exhibits wait for you inside this recently renovated building. Be sure to stop at the Museum Art Store where you‘ll find great gifts for both adults and kids. The food is also great!

 F  Santa Barbara Mission:
The Old Mission Santa Barbara is an iconic destination for many locals and tourists.  Here you can take a tour to learn about how Santa Barbara began back in 1786

 G  CVS Health:
CVS is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized experience, both in its stores and online at They provide expert care and innovative solutions in pharmacy and health care that are effective and easy for their customers.

 H  Presidio Neighborhood
The Presidio Neighborhood is a cultural treasure in downtown Santa Barbara. It is filled with a mix of shops, wine tasting rooms, delicious restaurants, and historical details.

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Workout With Jenny Schatzle

Work out at the Mission with Jenny Schatzle and Sansum Diabetes Center!

Come workout at De La Guerra Plaza with Jenny Schatzle & William Sansum Diabetes Center


Come workout at the SB Courthouse with Jenny Schatzle and WSDC


Work out at the beach with Jenny Schatzle and Sansum Diabetes Center




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Cocktails, Wine, and Beer

On vacation many of us like to let loose and kick back a few drinks.  In Santa Barbara you can find everything from a high end malt whiskey to a 007 martini – shaken not stirred of course.  To be safe, if you use insulin, please remember:

  • It can be difficult to tell when your blood sugar levels are low after a few drinks – so when in doubt, test your blood to see where they are
  • If you have had one too many, you can experience the “morning after the night before” which is having low blood sugar the next morning. So think about a snack before bed and eat breakfast.
  • Other people might confuse drunkenness with low blood sugar: so tell your friends about diabetes before you start drinking and what they can do to help
  • Be sure to eat food – protein – while enjoying an alcoholic beverage
  • Don’t give any insulin to cover your alcohol intake

Hanson of Sonoma Organic Vodka is a family owned, small batch, award winning Vodka Company based out of Sonoma, CA. They use organic grapes and organic ingredients to make a vodka unlike any other. Each of their vodka expressions are infused with real, healthy, certified organic fruits and vegetables. They take pride in how REAL and FRESH the vodkas taste. It is perfect in a mixed drink, or on the rocks.

Here are a few guilt-free, delicious, and diabetes-friendly recipes that you can try!

Spring Fling

1 basil leaf + ¼ tsp Agave nectar, muddled
1.5 oz. strawberry puree
1.5 oz. Organic Vodka, for example Hanson of Sonoma Vodka
Shake with ice and strain… or serve over ice
Can add flat water to taste

Calories: 116
Carbs: 4 grams

Moscow Martini

One quarter-size slice fresh ginger
1 tsp Agave nectar
0.5 oz. lime juice, muddled
1.5 oz. Organic Vodka, for example Hanson of Sonoma Vodka
Shake with ice and strain
Add soda water to taste

Calories: 124
Carbs: 6.5 grams



Join our GuiltFreeSB ‘Meetup’ group.

Follow Jessica as she exemplifies the endless possibilities of diabetes + exercise in Santa Barbara:

My Journey Starts Here
Week 1 – Finding my Rhythm
Week 2 – Ups and Downs
Week 3 – Meet Audrey Tognotti
Week 4 – Exercise and Diabetes, a Doctor’s Perspective

Nutrition questions? Email Sandy Andrews, RD, CDE.Want to become a GuiltFreeSB partner? Contact Jessica Lehner.