Looking for a Gluten Free Restaurant? Whether removing gluten is a choice or a requirement, eating out can be a bit of a challenge. Think about it, a restaurant’s goal is make their food taste good. This means pizza, pasta, bread and more topped with fats, sugars and salt. Dining out at your favorite restaurant becomes a bit challenging when you are eating healthy and going gluten free!
You may try looking for a gluten free restaurant, but that can be a bit challenging. Although more and more people are being diagnosed with a gluten allergy (or are choosing to remove gluten by choice), not many restaurants have caught up with the needs of this special group yet. YES, gluten free restaurants DO exist, but they are still quite rare.
Instead of looking for a self-proclaimed gluten free restaurant, I recommend you “customize” your orders to make your meal gluten free and healthy. Every style of food has it’s own challenges, but this task can be quite easy with the right tips. First, I highly recommend avoiding Italian and Chinese if you can. They will be your most difficult options for trying to remain gluten free and healthy.
Mexican is actually one of the easiest restaurants to find tasty gluten free options. Simply pick a mean, add some veggies and beans and you are all set!
At other restaurants, you’ll want to avoid the buns on sandwiches and burgers, say NO to pasta, and avoid any other side that may have gluten (like fried finger foods!)
Two Things to Watch Out:
Gluten does sneak into a LOT of our foods! But when you dine out, here are two easy tricks I recommend for those who are tempted by delicious food
1. Say NO to the bread rolls & tortilla chips! Free food brought at the beginning of a meal can be tempting, just ask the server to return it, otherwise it sits their calling your name.
2. Pass on the appetizers! Most servers will pull out all the stops to entice you with appetizers. MOST of them are fried or breaded. This contains gluten! NOT GOOD! Just say no to appetizers! Don’t even look at that part of the menu!
Gluten is found everywhere! Removing it can do wonders for your body and your energy levels! Unfortunately, when dining out, you have to get smart about what you eat. Instead of searching for a non-exisistant gluten free restaurant, just take your favorite meals and make them gluten free yourself! Good luck!