I was flipping through the South Beach guide to eating out. It had restaurants for several major cities (not S.A.) and a pretty comprehensive national chain guide. The problem was besides all the weird South Beach stage-ness that I don’t understand it was mostly a list of salads.
There is only so much salad one girl can eat.
Ok, I probably could stand to eat a few more of them, but when I go out to eat I want something GOOD!
It is really hard, in a town with incredible Mexican food, to eat G.I. friendly. I’ve been out to a few mexican places since starting the diet, and was able to moderate the meals a little by being careful but it would still be a stretch to call them GI-friendly. One night I had fajitas, asked for corn tortillas instead of flour, had the whole beans, and no rice. I ordered enchiladas once but asked for a salad instead of rice and beans. And this week, at a breakfast meeting, I had migas con queso instead of the huge tacos Tito’s restaurant is famous for. I also left the potatos on my plate. Ok, I had one bite. Godde, I miss potatos.
But there are several G.I. friendly places I can eat without having to have Another Effin’ Salad. This list is by no means complete because I don’t actually eat out as much as it seems but I will definately add places as I try them, such as the new vegetarian restaurant in town, Green, that is on my try next list! If you have anything to add to the list, or restaurants local to you, please post them in the comments section. I will add them to the blog, and if the list gets big enough, create a web page for them!
G.I. Dining in S.A.
Pei Wei Asian Diner
They have brown rice available as an option which makes any of their rice bowls G.I. friendly. You do get ALOT of rice though, so I usually only eat about half of it. They also have lettuce wraps and other goodies that are South Beach friendly, no matter what stage you are on. This is a national chain.
FreeB!rd World Burrito
FreeB!rd is a Texas chain similar to Chipolte Grill except with more options, including wheat tortillas. I get the 1/2 Bird with a wheat tortilla, no rice, whole beans (they have pinto and black), chicken, cheese and guac. They also have beef and lots of veggies. They also have Diet Dr Pepper on fountain so I heart them muchly.
This is a San Antonio-only build your own burrito bar. There is one in town and I *think* they are building a new one soon. They also have wheat tortillas…and what’s even better is the tortillas are all cooked to order so they are hot and fresh. Go riceless and get the whole beans, just like above, and you can stay G.I. friendly!
The Sandwich Shops
Subway, Schlotsky’s, Quizno’s and Firehouse Subs are all national chains that have a whole wheat bread option. I worked at Subway’s all through college and even after college when looking for a real job. They are super clean and the food is always super fresh. Subway also has a healthy option meal where you can get apple slices or raisins instead of chips so I usually go there if I’m hitting a sandwich shop. There is also one on both UTSA campuses, so bonus!
Whole Foods is an organic grocery like Sun Harvest or Wild Oats that is a national chain. They have a huge deli/prepared foods section but when I stop there to grab lunch I always get the brown rice sushi that is available in the same varieties the regular sushi is. It falls apart a little faster but stays delicious!
If I Have To Have The Effin’ Salad…
There are two salads I dig. I like the Asian Chicken Salad from Jack In The Box and the Greek Salad from the SuperTarget deli. (Yes the stuffed grape leaf that it comes with is made with white rice, but only about a tbs full.) Generally if I have salad I make my own, but these two I think are worth the price!