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Skip the Enchiladas and Eat Healthy at These San Antonio Restaurants



In San Antonio, cuisine doesn't get any healthier than at Pharm Table, where they source locally and design dishes based on Ayurvedic principles. Enjoy clean, gluten-free delights with anti-inflammatory properties that will put a zing on your palate and a spring in your step. Favorites include their grain-free tacos with grass-feed meats and veggies, a stunning ceviche and even a healthy pizza! Dessert here is guilt free also, so go nuts!

If you want something a little less strict, a little more upscale and with a whole lot of flavor, visit Rebelle. This St. Anthony Hotel restaurant is one of the most extraordinary in the city and only recently became a dedicated seafood restaurant. Although you may not exactly be cutting calories here, the food is amazingly fresh, scratch-made and makes an effort to use locally-sourced product. 

If you're visiting the Alamo City for the first time, we know you're probably craving Tex-Mex. The good news is Paloma Blanca has some healthy options that will still satisfy you, but won't blow your diet. Just don't look too closely at those enchiladas passing by your table and you'll be fine!

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Vegeria somehow manages to make to make delicious Tex-Mex both Vegan and, sometimes, gluten-free as well, and this is no easy feat! You won't find many vegetarian or vegan offerings in the city that eats brisket in its sleep, but Vegeria is a surprising stand-out, even for non-vegetarian lovers. Vegeria is the only Tex-Mex Vegan restaurant in town and offers super tasty cuisine such as potato, corn and poblano flautas, that is not only healthy but fresh and inexpensive. They offer a beautiful patio for dining and as an added bonus, it's attached to a cute little bookstore for browsing while you wait for your food. Vegeria also sports their own gluten-free bakery. Who says healthy can't taste good?!

Recommended for Restaurants with Healthy Menus because: Vegeria doesn't skimp on flavor just because they're a vegan restaurant.

Kimberly's expert tip: The nachos, with their fresh, crisp veggies, are the perfect starter or meal.

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For a relaxed atmosphere with great gluten-free food, including burgers, and great entertainment, The Cove has become one of the most popular places in town to grab a drink and a meal. This one-of-a-kind restaurant, beer garden, live music venue is also, strangely, a Laundromat and carwash. The picnic-style seating, both inside and out, make for a very casual yet intimate atmosphere that is both family-friendly and dive bar-esque at the same time. Expect to hear some great local bands every night of the week (except for when they're closed on Mondays), including big jazz bands, folk music, country and more. The menu is exceptional with a care for using local, organic ingredients, grass-feed beef and the like.

Recommended for Restaurants with Healthy Menus because: The Cove combines fun, healthy food with a vibrant atmosphere.

Kimberly's expert tip: Give the bison burger a try!

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JD's Chili Parlor
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JD's Chili Parlor is new on the scene in San Antonio, although they've been serving up gourmet artisan chili, barbecue and mac-n-cheese at Texas markets for years. They recently moved to the Local Sprout Food Hub in San Antonio and are planning on opening a restaurant soon. Still, currently, you can enjoy their extraordinary "chili 'cue" and other yummy eats at markets such as the Four Seasons Market on Saturdays. This family-owned business crafts their barbecue and chili with love, and many of their recipes are based on historic recipes. The Chili Queens, for example, which started the chili craze right here in San Antonio over a hundred years ago and served up big bowls of red for tired cowboys, is a source of great inspiration for this innovative catering and events company. Some of the fan favorites include their classic Whiskey Chili served in a fresh-fried Hash Brown Bowl, the Angry Goat Chili, Double Red Vegan Chili, and some of the best darn whiskey-marinated, chili-rubbed brisket you'll ever eat!

Recommended for Restaurants with Healthy Menus because: With grass-fed, local meats and high quality ingredients, you can enjoy some Texan favorites without all the guilt.

Kimberly's expert tip: Get your barbecue and chili to-go! They also can pit smoke on-site for special events!

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5 Points Local
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Owner of the popular and long-standing, The Cove, has opened up a new restaurant called 5 Points Local that nourishes the mind, body and spirit with local clean food and yoga toi boot! What's even better is the entire menu is gluten-free, so you can eat anything and everything you want without worry of miscommunication or cross-contamination, which as people with gluten allergies know, is a rare treat. What's even more is that 5 Points Local cares to source quality ingredients that are healthful to your body, as well as delicious, although truth be told, they sometimes do not skimp on the calories. If you're looking to indulge in some delicious pastries - both savory and sweet - you can do that here. It's also possible to dig into a satisfying meal that is entirely guilt-free. You decide, based on your mood and how tight your pants are fitting at the moment. Their brunch on Sundays is fantastic... you can enjoy biscuits and gravy and even some classic gluten-free pancakes - which means good ole American deliciousness! If you're not too full afterwards, pop on in for a yoga class to work it off!

Recommended for Restaurants with Healthy Menus because: 5 Points local is a completely gluten-free kitchen and is mindful of healthy and quality, locally-sourced ingredients.

Kimberly's expert tip: Great options for breakfast lunch and dinner!

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Humble House
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Whether or not you're passionate about the delicious benefits of farm-to-table cuisine, do your taste buds a favor and make you're way over to the Pearl Brewery farmer's market in San Antonio, which takes place every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm, and head straight to the new pop-up restaurant at Humble House - located across from Local Coffee shop! Treat yourself to a Frittata packed full of veggies, Mashed Browns made with roasted root vegetables and topped with braised collard greens and a farm-fresh egg, French Toast with local honey and lavender-infused whipped cream or a savory homemade soup. Everything at Humble House is made from scratch with the absolute finest ingredients. In fact, what's really unique about what Humble House is doing (even compared to some of the other vendors at the market) is they serve entrees made with ingredients sourced primarily from the farmers and ranchers that also sell at the market. What this means is that the food you're getting is as fresh as it can possibly be, and that equates to unbelievable flavor!

Recommended for Restaurants with Healthy Menus because: Although only available at the Pearl Farmers Market on the weekends, Humble House does it's best to make scratch food using farmers' ingredients.

Kimberly's expert tip: If they have it, try the breakfast hash, full of farm-to-table goodness.

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Green Vegetarian Cuisine and Coffee is an excellent option for great food that's healthy and gluten-free. Green is San Antonio's only 100% vegan and kosher restaurant. If you're in the mood for a great meal and a scrumptious gluten-free cupcake for dessert, this is the place. They also make excellent smoothies and quick snacks for on the go! The food choices are amazing and even non-vegetarians are impressed with how flavorful and irresistible the food is. "Tofu Migas is our most popular breakfast dish. It's a healthier and tastier version of a San Antonio breakfast classic," says chef and co-owner, Mike Behrend.

Recommended for Restaurants with Healthy Menus because: For those avoiding meat, stay heart healthy and happy by eating at Green!

Kimberly's expert tip: Flavors change from day-to-day.

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Paloma Blanca is conveniently located in Alamo Heights and is something of an oasis, particularly on a hot summer day, with its flowering landscape and tropical palm trees. They offer much more than just an exceptional meal, they offer a relaxed, soothing environment where you can truly savor the conversation with your friends and family. Beyond the typical Tex-Mex fare, they offer dishes such as the Enchiladas San Miguel - enchiladas filled with mushrooms in a Salsa Guajillo, covered with queso fresco and served with poblano corn, white rice and Ensalada Esmeralda. Paloma Blanca is also leading the way in culinary awareness by offering a Paleo menu, complete with Paleo Tacos served on iceberg lettuce. Who says Tex-Mex can't be healthy?!

Recommended for Restaurants with Healthy Menus because: Tex-Mex isn't always the healthiest, however Paloma Blanca has some clean dishes you will love.

Kimberly's expert tip: A nice restaurant for a date or family dinner.

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Sweet Yams
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Located on San Antonio's eastside, just a few minutes from downtown, Sweet Yams is a little gem worth checking out if you're looking for healthy but tasty options, that include gluten-free and vegetarian, with a focus on organic, high-quality produce. The menu is simple but delicious and tends towards Southern-style comfort food such as collard greens. Their gluten-free mac-n-cheese with either blackened chicken or shrimp is to-die-for! They also have an impressive veggie chili that's worth the trip. The space is humble, but has a charm that reflects the warmth and goodness of its owners. Unfortunately, the sweet potato pie is not gluten-free, but it's completely worth a cheat day, barring any allergies.

Recommended for Restaurants with Healthy Menus because: These dishes are made by people who care where your food comes from as much as you do.

Kimberly's expert tip: Try the gluten-free cupcakes.

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Rebelle
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Rebelle Restaurant in the newly-renovated St. Anthony Hotel has finally come to fruition and oh what a plump, juicy treat it is. Once, years ago, the restaurant at the St. Anthony was the place to go for dinner... and now it is once again! Executive Chef Stefan Bowers along with restaurateur Andrew Goodman, have already proven their talents at the successful Feast Restaurant in Southtown, San Antonio. With Rebelle, they're now well on their way to earning national attention. With Chef Bowers' gift for blending scintillating flavors and Goodman's aesthetic grace, this duo is a match made in heaven - which is what Rebelle looks like, if heaven is an enchanting, purple-hued dreamscape where the lusty libations and seductive cuisine never end. For Chef Bowers, it's all about the flavor. While the dishes are certainly thoughtfully put together, you quickly lose sight its beauty once you taste it. Chef Bowers calls it "high-risk" cuisine because if even one component of these highly composed dishes is not on point, it throws the entire dish off. The concept is shared plates of elegant, extraordinarily fresh and diverse cuisine. Rebelle is French for rebel and is their acknowledgement of the common use of French techniques used in the dishes, even though the menu is quite global. It's also the perfect description for these two men who are true to their own vision and no one else's. The menu includes the most succulent Char-Grilled Spanish Octopus with braised corona beans and basil pistou; a decadent 32 oz. Cote de Bouef (bone-in Ribeye with tarragon butter); perfectly-cooked Veal Sweetbreads with black trumpets and lobster knuckle butter and Rosemary and Red Pepper Spiced Goat Shank, to name a few. Bon appetit!

Recommended for Restaurants with Healthy Menus because: If you're looking for healthy, seafood should be at the top of your list and so should Rebelle.

Kimberly's expert tip: Take a carriage ride around the city and have them drop you off at Rebelle's "doorstep."

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Pharm Table
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Conveniently located across from the Tobin Center, this unique cafe's slogan is "eat to live." Pharm Table's mission is to offer nourishing yet delicious foods to the community because they understand how food impacts not only the body but the mind as well. Besides offering breakfast and lunch in the cafe, they also offer to-go meals and health-centric classes and events such as yoga, essential oils and more. The globally-inspired menu offers dishes made with ingredients that are locally-sourced from Texas farmers. For breakfast enjoy dishes like porridge made with clove, coconut, pecans and dates or steel cut oats with honey crisp apple, raisins and sweet potato. For lunch, you can expect a mix of savory soups like Winter Squash Moqueca, vibrant salads and bowls, such as the Laab Bowl made with zucchini noodles, carrots, cherry tomatoes, mint, basil, cabbage and chicken, if you need your protein.

Recommended for Restaurants with Healthy Menus because: Pharm Table incorporates Ayurvedic practices into their cuisine so that it's highly nourishing.

Kimberly's expert tip: Even the desserts are healthy!

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