Monday, May 27, 2013

How to Eat Out (and not feel like you're missing out) at a Mexican Restaurant... and More!

We are in San Antonio for the South Central Regional Crossfit Competition this weekend!  My gym is competing and so is a good friend from another gym.  We have been to San Antonio one time before and we know how AWESOME their Mexican food is.  When I first changed the way I was eating, I would go to a Mexican restaurant and eat just the meat and veggies.  I was okay with that...but still felt like I was missing out.  I missed the tortillas!!  (A LOT!)  I started experimenting with different coconut flour tortilla recipes.  I found that the one I was using was really hard to work with (even after letting the batter sit for a while.)  I decided to try adding 2 tbsp of almond flour to the batter.  It worked really well!  It stayed together much better and was a lot easier to flip.  We make a big batch of tortillas and keep them in the freezer for when we go out to eat.  They reheat really well!
I purchased a small bag and bring it with me to restaurants.  The tortillas fit perfectly!  This bag is from Thirty-one.
When you get to a restaurant you need to be prepared to talk with the waiter about what you can and can't have on your meat.  If they use oil, it needs to be olive oil.  I ask that they do not use meat that is marinated.  Usually they will just put spices on the meat or salt and pepper.  I talk to them about how I am sensitive to gluten and dairy. I have also found that the guacamole and salsa at most restaurants is homemade and paleo friendly.  But make sure you ask!  If you tell the waiter that you can't have the rice and beans, they will usually give you double vegetables.  It always helps to call ahead as well. 

Fill your tortillas with fajita amazing-ness and enjoy!! 

Coconut Flour/Almond Flour Tortillas
2/3 c coconut flour
2 tbsp almond flour
1 3/4 cup egg whites
2 cups almond milk/coconut milk/water
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt 
Mix all ingredients in bowl
If the mixture is too thick, add more milk/water until it is the consistency of pancake batter
Coat bottom of a non stick pan with olive oil/coconut oil
Pour 1/2 cup of the batter into the pan 
When the tortilla is bubbling on top, flip
Cook the bottom side until lightly brown (watch very closely)   

 So far, Pappasitos has been my favorite restaurant to go to.  They do an amazing job of helping out people who have eating restrictions.  They send a manager over and he/she takes your order and personally sees that it is done correctly.  (I was embarrassed about that at first, but the more I think about it, the more I appreciate it.) 
We also stopped for burgers one night.  I used the leftover tortillas as a bun.  It worked out pretty well!!  
I found this shirt and bought it (to make fun of myself mostly...) I feel like I ask myself that question ALL the time.  We had a BLAST at regionals.  All the competitors did an awesome job!  It was fun watching the athletes and eating all the great good! 
Eating out if you are gf/df/paleo is totally possible.  It just takes a little planning!  Do you have any "eating out" tips that you can share? 


  1. So you're a teacher AND a Cross Fitter! Wow!!! My husband does Cross Fit religiously and I go to every bring-a-friend day! We got to watch a competition last month and it was so inspiring! I wish I could join his box, but I teach 4-6 fitness classes each week. On top of that, I think Cross Fit would kill me!

    Anyway, I love your recipe. My mom bought me a tortilla press for Christmas years ago, and I still haven't found a gluten-free tortilla recipe that works well on. I hope to give yours a try!!

    I'm subscribing to your email feeds. Love your blog and that we have so much in common!!


    1. Thank you for your sweet comment!! I really love CrossFit! What kind of fitness classes do you teach? I bet teaching your classes and CrossFit would wear you out!!

      These tortillas work really well in a pan. They are kind of the consistency of crepes or pancakes. I hope they work out well for you!

      I am following your blog too!! I am so new to all of this. It is exciting to be able to meet new people and I am learning so much!!

  2. I want Mexican food now. Great idea on the olive oil. I don't have to be anything-free, but it definitely cuts down on additives too which is my main concern. Can't stand the MSG rush I get after eating out!

    1. It is amazing how easy it is to eat out when you know what to ask for! Mexican food is one of our favorites! It's great to be able to go out to eat and know that you are cutting out some of the junk that they usually put in the food! :)


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