Eating Gluten-Free: In Austin, Texas

Before I left for Austin I was pretty concerned about what my gluten-free options were going to be while I was there. On my last trip, I indulged in terrible delicious comfort food like chicken-friend steaks and burritos that were neither healthy or gluten-free. Plus, no one wants to spend their vacation being a picky eater or clutching their bloated stomach for the rest of the day because it was just easier to eat whatever the food truck had.

Lucky for me (and my host/bff/tour guide), it’s actually really easy to eat gluten-free in Austin. It was so easy that I actually only slipped up once (with the exception of some cheap Texan beer).

El Alma Chips and Salsa Austin

Chips and salsa are served as a complimentary appetizer at almost every restaurant in Austin. This was at El Alma, just off South Congress. Their Queso was absolutely delicious, but more on that later. The chips served are (in my experience) always corn chips!

Torchy's Tacos Austin

Torchy’s Tacos is a place you just have to eat at when you visit Austin. What started as a food truck with experimental goodies has turned into multiple locations across Texas. What you see here is a “Trailer Park” (chicken, cheese, lettuce, green chiles, pico de galo) and a “Crossroads” (beef brisket, grilled onions, jack cheese, avocado, jalapenos, cilantro). Both came on a flour tortilla but I substituted for corn tortillas at no extra cost!

Juan In a Million Breakfast Tacos Austin

Juan in a Million is a hip breakfast taco restaurant in Austin. It promises cheap food, quick service, and high fives from the owner, Juan. This was what was left of my Don Juan breakfast tacos when I was done. While we were ordering our coffees I asked our server if they had corn tortillas and he looked at me like I was crazy. Apparently EVERYWHERE in Austin has corn tortillas! Step up your taco game, Toronto!

Roll On Sushi Austin

Roll on Sushi Diner was a special treat while I was away. Yes, I know soy sauce is not gluten-free. And yes, I know those fried slices of heaven (called “fire sticks”) are also probably not gluten-free because of their breading. But this was my one cheat and let me tell you – it was worth it! Roll On had a number of other options that were gluten-free but who could turn down these specialty rolls? I think we ended up going with the Guaca Rolly (pictured here) Cholesta Roll, and the Beefy Texan from this menu.

Styles Switch Austin BBQ

Thank god BBQ is gluten-free. This delicious plate is from Stiles Switch which is one of the top 3 BBQ joints in Austin. I decided on pork ribs, beans, and potato salad. But only because I was being good and not ordering the Mac n Cheese.

Stiles Switch BBQ Austin

Best. BBQ. Ever.
And the best part about eating gluten-free is that I never get those “so full my stomach hurts, roll me home, I’m going to be sick” feelings.

LEAF Salad Austin

Salad joints! LEAF in downtown Austin made fresh salads to order and since they made either own dressings, it was really easy to figure out which ones I could have and which ones I couldn’t.

El Alma Margarita Austin

The good news is, if you can’t find any gluten-free options in Austin, you can always find a good margarita!

popchips: Gluten and Guilt-Free Snacking

Imagine if  someone told you, as a gluten-free snacker, that there was something delicious, gluten-free, and not terribly unhealthy? Would you get really excited? Because I sure do every time I see popchips in the grocery aisle.

Popchips logo

popchips are just that: popped chips. Compared to the traditional fried or baked choices in the chip aisle, popchips provide a guilt-free snacking option that you can enjoy guilt-free.

They have recently announced their new line of popped tortilla chips. Made using stoneground corn masa (the same ingredient in traditional corn tortillas) seasoned with natural ingredients. Nothing artificial. No trans fat. Gluten free. Lower fat and calories. Did I mention they were gluten-free too?


Have you tried popchips and will you be adding the new popped tortillas to your snacking regime? 


Eating Gluten-Free: Snacks on the Go

Yesterday, my mom and I met up for some shopping and quality time together. We were looking for a high-value item for my home so we had about 6 different furniture stores on our list. The challenge to find furniture was also on a timeline: we were meeting my dad and brothers for dinner and couldn’t be late (something we do well, especially when we’re together)! When our shopping was slowed by hunger in mid-afternoon we both realized we would need fuel before we could continue.

Normally we would grab something fast in a food court or drive thru to continue with our shopping, but with me eating gluten-free and my mom eating carb-free, snacking on the go presented a bit of a challenge. Granola bars generally aren’t gluten-free and a bag of chips certainly aren’t carb-free.

Gluten-Free snacking tips

The solution? One of our stops was a Walmart that also had a small grocery section. We grabbed some of our favourite snacks that pack some serious vitamins and energy and munched on them in the car on our way to the next store. When we found exactly what we were looking for we used all of our extra energy to haul our heavy purchase to the truck. Our quick snack on the go meant we arrived on time for dinner and were ready to eat with the entire family!

What are your favourite gluten-free snacks on the go?