Saturday, December 11, 2010

Gluten Free Fast Food

Over the last few months, I have been trying to find gluten-free options at fast food chains. Because my daughter has Celiac, we have very limited gluten-free options. We don't eat fast food very often for nutritional reasons; however, it's nice to know where you can stop when in a hurry, or just out and about and need a snack. Luckily my daughter is a very good eater!! She isn't picky and LOVES her vegetables! Fast food doesn't offer many veggies, but I am on a mission to at least find a few options.

Here are a few items I have found:

Chipotle
We LOVE Chipotle because to their freshness and great quality of ingredients! The taste is awesome and they have a variety of gluten-free options!
Straight from their website:
wanting to avoid gluten can eat anything we serve except for our large and small flour tortillas, a wanting to avoid gluten, including our crispy corn tacos and our corn chips. a small amount of gluten from potentially co-mingling with gluten-containing grains in the field.
http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/menu/special_diet_information/special_diet_information.aspx

In-N-Out
Order a hamburger protein style (wrapped in lettuce). The only thing on their menu containing gluten is their buns, which is easy to omit! You can also order fries!! YAY! Many fast food chains do not offer gluten-free fries because of cross contamination. In-N-Out only cooks their fries in their fryers. They use 100% pure, cholesterol-free vegetable oil.

Jack in the Box
From the information provided on their website, it looks as though they do offer a few gluten-free items; however, they make this statement:
"Our restaurants prepare and serve products that contain Tree Nuts, Wheat, Soy,
Milk, Egg, and Fish. While a particular ingredient statement may not list one of
these allergens, our products may be prepared with equipment that is shared
with products containing one or more of these allergens. If you have a food
allergy to any of the ingredients prepared or served in our restaurants, please
keep this in mind when deciding which Jack in the Box products are right for you.
If you have any questions regarding allergens in our restaurants, please contact
Guest Relations at 1-800-955-5225." For reasons of cross contamination, I would avoid this chain all together.

Taco Bell
Mexican Rice
Pinto Beans
Tostada

Wendy's
Hamburger patty, salads (without croutons), and baked potato, along with several side options
They offer a large variety of gluten-free products! Their chili is gluten-free, which can be topped on a baked potato! Pay close attention to the * items. These may vary depending on the location.

More to come...

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